PBA Bowling Tour: 1983 Season

This is a recap of the 1983 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 25th season, and consisted of 35 events. Earl Anthony registered his second career "three-peat" at the PBA National Championship, giving him six titles in this event overall. (He had also won the event three years in a row from 1973–75.) Anthony won one more title on the season and collected his sixth career PBA Player of the Year award.

PBA Bowling Tour: 1983 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 11 – November 19, 1983
PBA Tour
Season MVPEarl Anthony
PBA Tour seasons

Gary Dickinson won his first PBA major title (eighth overall) at the BPAA U.S. Open, while Joe Berardi was victorious at the Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Norm Duke became the PBA Tour's youngest champion ever (18 years, 345 days) when he won the Cleveland Open on March 5. In his first-ever TV match, Duke defeated the legendary Earl Anthony, then went on to knock off three more previous Tour champions for the title.[1]

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
Miller High Life Classic Brunswick Wonderbowl Anaheim, California Jan 11–15 Gary Skidmore (2)
AC-Delco Classic Mel's Southshore Bowl Alameda, California Jan 18–22 Toby Contreras (1)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 23–29 Tom Milton (1)
Quaker State Open Forum Bowling Lanes Grand Prairie, Texas Feb 1–5 Guppy Troup (6)
Greater Miami Sunshine Open Bird Bowl Miami, Florida Feb 8–12 Wayne Webb (11)
Rolaids Open Dick Weber Lanes Florissant, Missouri Feb 15–19 Joe Salvemini (1)
True Value Open Landmark Plaza Recreation Center Peoria, Illinois Feb 22–26 Earl Anthony (40)
Cleveland Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Mar 1–5 Norm Duke (1)
Toledo Trust PBA National Championship Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Mar 6–12 Earl Anthony (41)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Mar 15–19 Don Genalo (1)
Miller High Life Open Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar 22–26 Mark Fahy (1)
BPAA U.S. Open Arena Bowl Oak Lawn, Illinois Mar 27 – Apr 2 Gary Dickinson (8)
Greater Hartford Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Apr 5–9 Tom Milton (2)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Woodlawn Baltimore, Maryland Apr 12–16 Art Trask (4)
Long Island Open Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Apr 19–23 Don Genalo (2)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 26–30 Joe Berardi (5)
Houston Open Big Texan Lanes Houston, Texas May 17–21 Bob Handley (3)
Denver Open Celebrity Sports Center Denver, Colorado May 24–28 Tom Milton (3)
Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona May 31 – Jun 4 Hugh Miller (3)
Southern California Open Gable House Bowl Torrance, California Jun 7–11 Jimmie Pritts, Jr. (1)
Kessler Open Futurama Bowl San Jose, California Jun 14–18 Pete Couture (5)
Seattle Open Leilani Lanes Seattle, Washington Jun 21–25 Charlie Tapp (1)
Showboat Doubles Classic Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jul 22–28 Mike Durbin (12),
Gil Sliker (1)
Aqua Fest Mr. Gatti's Open Highland Lanes Austin, Texas Jul 29 – Aug 2 Marshall Holman (15)
Venice Open Galaxy Lanes Venice, Florida Aug 5–9 Marshall Holman (16)
Buffalo Open Thruway Lanes Cheektowaga, New York Aug 12–16 Sam Zurich (2)
Molson Bowling Challenge Rose Bowl Lanes Windsor, Ontario Aug 19–23 Dennis Jacques (1)
Waukegan Open Bertrand Lanes Waukegan, Illinois Aug 26–30 Les Zikes (2)
AMF Grand Prix of Ten Pin Bowling Crawley Bowl Crawley, England Sep 21–24 Mats Karlsson (1)
Touring Players Championship 422 Limerick Bowl Limerick, Pennsylvania Oct 5–10 Steve Cook (7)
Northern Ohio Open Westgate Lanes Rocky River, Ohio Oct 13–18 Mark Roth (27)
Kessler Classic Woodland Bowl Indianapolis, Indiana Oct 21–25 George Pappas (8)
Greater Detroit Open Satellite Bowl Dearborn Heights, Michigan Oct 28 – Nov 1 Brian Voss (1)
Syracuse Open Brunswick Holiday Bowl Syracuse, New York Nov 4–8 Joe Salvemini (2)
Brunswick Memorial World Open Brunswick Northern Bowl Glendale Heights, Illinois Nov 13–19 Wayne Webb (12)


  1. ^ "1983 Cleveland Open". PBA.

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