Jack Biondolillo

Jack Biondolillo (born 1940) is a former professional bowler and member of the Professional Bowlers Association.

Biondolillo won two PBA titles in his career, both in 1963, and he finished runner-up in a PBA tournament six times.[1] His first title at the Birmingham Coca-Cola PBA Open featured a win over the legendary Don Carter in the final match. Biondolillo became most famous for rolling the first-ever perfect 300 game to be broadcast live on national television in the U.S. This occurred April 1, 1967, in the opening match of the TV finals against Les Schissler at the 1967 Firestone Tournament of Champions.[2] Biondolillo did not go on to win the tournament, defeating Mike Durbin in the next match before losing to Don Johnson in the semifinal round. He won $5,000 for his third-place finish, but earned a $10,000 bonus for the perfect game.

Hampered by a bowling injury that occurred in 1968, Biondolillo retired from the PBA in 1972. A Houston, Texas native, Biondolillo was inducted into the Texas State Bowling Hall of Fame in 1988.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jack Biondolillo at mcubed.net Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Allen, George Richard; Ritger, Dick (December 1981). The complete guide to bowling strikes: the encyclopedia of strikes. Tempe Publishers. p. 205. Retrieved July 22, 2013. The first 300 game bowled on live television was rolled by Jack Biondolillo in the TV finals of the Firestone Tournament of Champions, in 1967.
  3. ^ Texas State USBC Association Hall of Fame texasbowling.com, retrieved September 19, 2013.

External linksEdit

PBA Bowling video, "PBA 60th Anniversary Most Memorable Moments #12 - Biondolillo Bowls the First Televised 300 Game"