PBA Bowling Tour: 1975 Season

This is a recap of the 1975 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 17th season, and consisted of 34 events. Earl Anthony became the first PBA player to win seven titles in a season since Dick Weber (1961), while also gaining an unprecedented "three-peat" in the Brunswick PBA National Championship.[1] As he did in 1974, Anthony easily won the player vote for the PBA Player of the Year award. In another historic "first," Anthony earned $107,585 in 1975 to become the first bowler to collect over $100,000 in a single season.[2]

PBA Bowling Tour: 1975 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationDecember 30, 1974 – December 11, 1975
PBA Tour
Season MVPEarl Anthony
PBA Tour seasons

Steve Neff made his second PBA Tour win count, capturing the BPAA U.S. Open, while Dave Davis collected his second career Firestone Tournament of Champions trophy.

Don Johnson won his 24th career PBA Tour title in the Tucson Open, which at the time tied him with Dick Weber for the most Tour wins.[3] (Weber, however, had also won four BPAA All-Star events earlier in his career. These were not counted as PBA titles at the time, but were added as titles in 2008 when the PBA amended its rules.)

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
ARC Alameda Open Mel's Bowl Alameda, California Dec 30 – Jan 4 Barry Asher (9)
Greater L.A. Open Bowling Square Arcadia, California Jan 7–11 Earl Anthony (14)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Hotel Lanes Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 14–18 Carmen Salvino (12)
Denver Open Colorado Bowl Denver, Colorado Jan 21–25 Larry Laub (7)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Jan 28 – Feb 1 Mark Roth (1)
Copenhagen Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Feb 4–8 Paul Colwell (6)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Springfield, Virginia Feb 11–16 Gary Dickinson (4)
Long Island Open Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Feb 18–22 Earl Anthony (15)
Midas Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Feb 25 – Mar 1 Nelson Burton, Jr. (12)
Ebonite Don Carter Classic Bird Bowl Miami, Florida Mar 4–8 Dick Ritger (17)
Lincoln-Mercury Open Dick Weber Lanes Florissant, Missouri Mar 11–15 Ed Ressler (2)
Monroe Max-Air Open Pelican Lanes New Orleans, Louisiana Mar 18–22 Don Helling (5)
BPAA U.S. Open Forum Bowl Grand Prairie, Texas Mar 23–29 Steve Neff (2)
Miller High Life Open Red Carpet Bowlero Milwaukee, Wisconsin Apr 1–5 Dave Davis (13)
Ebonite Open Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Apr 8–12 Louie Moore (1)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 15–19 Dave Davis (14)
Brunswick PBA National Championship Brunswick Wonderbowl Downey, California May 24–31 Earl Anthony (16)
Sacramento Open Country Club Lanes Sacramento, California Jun 7–10 Sam Flanagan (1)
Portland Open Valley Lanes Beaverton, Oregon Jun 14–18 Sal Bongiorno (1)
Seattle Open Leilani Lanes Seattle, Washington Jun 21–24 Johnny Guenther (10)
San Jose Open Saratoga Lanes San Jose, California Jun 28 – Jul 2 Palmer Fallgren (1)
Fresno Open Cedar Lanes Fresno, California Jul 3–8 Marshall Holman (1)
Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona Jul 11–15 Don Johnson (24)
Quad Cities Open Suburban Lanes Davenport, Iowa Jul 25–28 Earl Anthony (17)
Home Box Office Open N. Versaiilles Bowl Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Aug 1–5 Carmen Salvino (13)
Jackson Open Jackson Lanes Jackson, New Jersey Aug 8–11 Earl Anthony (18)
Home Box Office Open Thruway Lanes Buffalo, New York Aug 15–19 Tommy Hudson (2)
Waukegan Open Bertrand Lanes Waukegan, Illinois Aug 21–25 Earl Anthony (19)
Columbia 300 Open Hartfield Lanes Detroit, Michigan Aug 28 – Sep 1 Dale Glenn (1)
Buzz Fazio Open Nottke's Bowl Battle Creek, Michigan Oct 24–27 Earl Anthony (20)
Canada Dry Open Westgate Lanes Cleveland, Ohio Oct 31 – Nov 3 Roy Buckley (3)
Syracuse Open Strike 'n Spare Lanes Syracuse, New York Nov 7–10 John Wilcox (1)
Brunswick World Open Brunswick Northern Bowl Glendale Heights, Illinois Nov 16–22 Dave Davis (15)
Hawaiian Invitational (Multiple Centers) Honolulu, Hawaii Dec 3–11 Marshall Holman (2)


  1. ^ "1975 Brunswick-PBA National Championship". PBA.
  2. ^ "1976 AMF Grand Prix of Bowling". PBA.
  3. ^ "1975 Tucson Open". PBA.

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