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Well, I have Steve Nagy's entire 3-game series in which he bowled his 300 game on Championship Bowling.  I believe IrishPogi has already posted the full 300 game.  An edited highlight of the final 3 balls has been floating around (I posted it a few years ago).  But then I managed to get a copy of the full 3-game match, but was sworn to not post it, so I didn't. Then I saw that IrishPogi posted the full 300 game, and I figured the rest of the series wasn't worth posting.

There are also copies floating around of the Lubanski back-to-back 300s (I have it as well).  At least two of us have posted it on YouTube.

The Stan Gifford 300 is also up on YouTube.  I watched it last night.  I forget who posted it.

And I am not aware of any copies of the Castellano 300.  Pretty sure it was on live, LOCAL television in New York or New Jersey.  And since that was 1953, videotape did not exist back then.  The only way they could have made a copy is if someone recorded a kinescope of it while it was being aired.  Possible, but highly unlikely.  The only kinescopes made back then were of network TV series, like What's My Line? and such.  I don't believe it exists anywhere.

That would make the Steve Nagy 300 on Championship Bowling the earliest televised 300 game that has survived.

Now, here's another rarity that I'd like to find:

Carmen Salvino's 846 on Bowling Stars was considered an unbelievable accomplishment when it occurred.  I forget the year it happened.  I am hoping to get in touch with Mr. Salvino soon, and I will definitely ask him about it, including whether or not he has a copy of it if and when we connect.

The last of the real "lost treasures" that I'd like to find is the '74 Cleveland Open, where Earl Anthony bowled a 299, leaving a stone 9 on the last ball.  When they came back from commercial, the announcer (I saw it live and I seem to recall that it was Chris Schenkel) presented him with the pin -- "the one that got away."  Earl had a look on his face that suggested he might grab that pin and club the announcer over the head with it.  He wanted none of it.  LOL!  To me, that and the Salvino 846 are the only real lost treasures that are left out there.  I mean, unless you count all the other hundreds of PBA telecasts that ABC/Disney is sitting on that they won't even air on ESPN Classic anymore.  (The idiots.)


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Oh, and in answer to another question that was posed...

The 300 game that was bowled on two non-consecutive lanes was the 1974 Jim Stefanich 300, which was the 3rd 300 game bowled on ABC's Pro Bowlers Tour.  The person who posted about that was correct.  There was a breakdown on the TV pair that day.

The original handful of 300s were:

Jack Biondolillo (1967, Akron, OH)

Jim Godman (1969, San Jose, CA)

Jim Stefanich (1974, Alameda, CA)

Pete McCordic (1987, Torrance, CA)

Bob Benoit (1988, Grand Prairie, TX)

 

Quite candidly, those are the only five I even recognize.  After those five, the rest were bowled either with reactive resin bowling balls or on synthetic lanes or both, which, to my mind, renders them irrelevant in the discussion of perfect games.  300 games were once a rarity...until reative resin and synthetic lanes came along.  Now they're commonplace.  So I'm kinda like...who cares?  (At least as it pertains to pros throwing them.  Now, when it comes to ME talking about MY 300s post-reactive, post-synthetic...hey, I got 'em after I turned 60 and following a 30-year hiatus away from the sport, so you know I'm gonna talk about 'em!  LOL!)


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Jim Godman (1969, San Jose, CA)

No, it was Johnny Guenther, I loved his fist pump after the 11th shot.  

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Correct.  Type-o/brain fart.  I always got those two confused.  Don't ask me why.
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Brain farts are less likely if you are asleep at 3:30 in the morning.
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Only one day a week am I ever up before about 10 AM.  Late nights are the norm for me.
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Just as a point of interest, 300 games and 800 series started a steep increase years before resin balls. Synthetic lanes had little impact in and of themselves. It is true that award scores increased even faster with resin, but the cup wristers of the 80s were throwing lots of 300s on the short oil walls that predominated in that era
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I remember when the short oil first came out.  As a Mark Roth want to be my strike count went up.  Still ouldn't make 10 pins.   Threw 3 straight gutters in the middle of a all strike game.  [biggrin]
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I remember when the short oil first came out.  As a Mark Roth want to be my strike count went up.  Still ouldn't make 10 pins.   Threw 3 straight gutters in the middle of a all strike game.  [biggrin]


How the heck did you manage that???
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Swinging out to the gutter.  
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Its funny. Roth wad a tremendous spare shooter, but for many of the Roth wannabes, spares were optional during the 80s
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