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ESPN Classic aired the 1998 Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling Classic today and the first match featured Dale Eagle and Robert Smith. They cut out the middle portion of the match, but by the end Eagle was down about fifty pins and wasn't going to win. He hammed it up for the crowd, even standing on the ball return to show that "the eagle has landed". Holman told viewers not to try that at home. Smith even asked if Eagle was ok.

I don't know if he qualifies as a class clown, but he sure made it entertaining for anyone watching.

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not a big fan of his. every show he is on, he gets too loud. evidently the guy feels he has to yell and be obnixious to win. and in some case does the same when he loses.  he tries to be a showman, yes, but takes it to another level. not for me.  i prefer the results of my bowling ball speak for me.


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trivia question....what was Dale Eagle's last name before he changed it to Eagle?
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I got to bowl with Dale Eagle at a pro-am in Detroit in 1997 I think. He bowled 300 in the game I got to bowl with him, which was really cool. I had a great time with him, he really seemed to like doing the pro-ams unlike some other players.

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i beleive glen or glenn but id have to check on that one.


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You are absolutely correct....Dale Glenn....I think he changed his name in the late 80s.

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yeah i couldnt figure the spelling i even checked his bowling card and it was no help.  he even signs his name as dale eagle.


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I realize this topic is 10 years old but it came up when I was doing a search on, for some reason, Dale Eagle.  But I found the story pretty interesting as his actual original name wasn't Dale Glenn.

In 1964, Dale Van Ostenbridge was a fresh-faced, 17-year-old who just wanted to bowl a PBA stop. He finally got his chance at the Houston Coca-Cola Open at Post Oak Lanes in August. He managed to enter the tournament, bowling against the likes of established stars Don Carter, Dick Weber, Harry Smith and Glen Allison. But, there was a problem. The scorekeepers couldn’t fit V-a-n O-s-t-e-n-b-r-i-d-g-e on the overhead scoring display. “All the guys were teasing me about it,” Eagle said. “There were five of them sitting around, cutting up. I think it was Allison, Carter, Smith, Weber, and (Billy) Hardwick. They were telling me I should change my name. I just wanted to bowl. I didn’t care. “There was a big oil fire burning at the time in La Marque (Texas). It made all the newspaper headlines. One of the guys picked up a paper and said I should change my name to La Marque. So, I did.” Dale La Marque bowled his first PBA tournament. He failed to cash and didn’t even have his real name listed in the standings. It didn’t matter. He got to bowl. One year later, Van Ostenbridge was drafted into the military. He volunteered for the Marines and spent two years serving his country in Vietnam. He returned to the States in 1967 and spent some time recouping. He later began his profession, bowling as a PBA Member. “I told my stepfather I was going to compete under my father’s name. He understood.” Van Ostenbridge was his stepfather’s name. Dale’s real name is Glenn… Dale Glenn. Enter name No. 3. Glenn won his first PBA title in the 1975 Columbia 300 Open in Detroit. He led the tournament by 60 pins and knocked off Matt Surina in the title match. In the ‘80s, Glenn went on to win two more times on the National Tour… and as you might suppose – under a new moniker. In 1981, Glenn was bowling a tournament in Miami at a center named Bird Bowl. He rolled a 300 game and celebrated by letting cry with an eagle call. “We had a lot of fun back then. So, I stuck with it.” Enter name No. 4 and current mark, Dale Eagle. He won National titles No. 2 and 3 with the name (1984 Fair Lanes Open, 1986 Ebonite-Firebolt Open) Fading away the ‘90s, Eagle jumped on his chance join the Senior Tour and promptly won 1996 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year after claiming the PBA Senior National Championship in Jackson, Mich.
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I wasn't a fan either. Some people are showmen...Dale wasn't


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I'm with KC and Dare he is a attention Whore.
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I'm with KC and Dare he is a attention Whore.


Is that any different than the current PBA whore, Pete?

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Is that any different than the current PBA whore, Pete?[/QUOTE

Weber like him or hate him puts on a good show.Dale tried to hard to be the
focus of the show. I always found him annoying

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I never cared for Dale Eagle either.

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I remember watching the pro's at Taylor lanes quite a while ago.  At the time Tommy Deluse was doing really well.  Here comes Eagle and stands next to me and says "he's a nobody and will choke"  not speaking to me but just wanting everyone to hear his opinion.  He struck me as a little tool as I looked down at him. 
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