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Mark Roth (born April 10, 1951) is an American retired professional bowler. He won 34 PBA Tour titles in his career (sixth most all-time), and is a member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. Roth was most dominant from 1975 through 1987, a stretch in which he made 107 televised finals appearances, captured 33 titles, and won four PBA Player of the Year awards. He is also known for being the first professional bowler to convert a 7-10 split on national television.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Dominant hand||Right (cranker delivery)|
|Wins||34 PBA Tour (2 majors)|
2 PBA50 Tour
Roth made a splash on the PBA Tour with a cranking, hard-throwing style that spawned a generation of imitators for years to come. Often referred to as "The Original Cranker," he won 34 PBA titles, including two major championships, which both came in 1984 (The U.S. Open and the Touring Players Championship). His first title came in 1975, when he won the PBA King Louie Open in Overland Park, Kansas, and did so with a 299 game against Steve Jones. He also holds, to this day, the PBA record for most season wins, with eight titles earned in 1978. He won the PBA Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons (1977 through 1979), and won the honor again in 1984.
Roth is notable for being the first bowler to pick up the 7-10 split on television, which he accomplished on January 5, 1980 in the ARC Alameda Open at Mel's Southshore Bowl in Alameda, California. Through 2021, he is still the only right-handed bowler to convert the 7-10 on a PBA telecast. The feat has been accomplished three times since, all three times by left-handers.
Roth captured his 33rd PBA Tour title in 1987, then went through the longest title drought in his career before winning his 34th and final title at the IOF Foresters Open in 1995. Roth made his final TV appearance in a PBA Tour event at the 1998 PBA Peoria Open, losing the opening match to Tom Baker, 265–190, to finish in fifth place. After reaching age 50, Roth captured two titles on the PBA Senior Tour (now the PBA50 Tour).
Awards and recognitionEdit
- Inducted into PBA Hall of Fame, 1987.
- Inducted into USBC Hall of Fame, 2009.
- Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 2014.
- Four-time winner of the Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award.
- Holds the PBA record with eight titles in a single season (1978).
- Ranked #5 on the PBA's 2008 list of "50 Greatest Players of the Last 50 Years".
Around 2002 Mark ran a bowling center in Ellwood City, PA called 'Mark Roth's Hall of Fame Lanes'. This lasted about 6 months and the partnership dissolved. 
He spent a week in intensive care after a heart attack in April 2019.
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