My PBA 1995 Tour Notes after watching season via Youtube:
Splitfire Open in Erie, PA: Mike Edwards after throwing a 268 to beat Walter Ray in the first match, has an unforgettable match versus Danny Wiseman and comes up short by ONE PIN and loses 278-277. After that, Wiseman becomes superhuman and goes on to Win the Splitfire open in very Dramatic Fashion. (Thanks to a terrible open by Jurek.)
Big money! (Especially the Dick Weber EOY Tourney) BIG Venues! What happened?
ESPN uses Durbin and Anthony in ‘95. No Denny Schreiner. And no real “play by play” guy. But I liked it, especially in the long interview segments at the end of the telecasts. Unlike ABC who notoriously hurried through the Award Ceremonies. One of the many reasons I watch bowling is for the “Emotional Release” you see from the bowlers and their wives/fiancees. Where else in sports do you get tears of joy from a grown man bowler and his wife just because you won $18,000 or something like that in Peoria or Mechanicsburg? PBA Titles are Sacred!
Best “Senior” Moments: John Handegard climbing the ladder to beat Aulby, Duke and Williams (Mark) was truly amazing. (I have never rooted for someone so bad since Dick Weber got that doubles win and Petraglia that 300 game.) And although I liked seeing the 4-6-7 being picked up by the redhead, I sure hoped his fortunate bounce wouldn't cost Handegard his First PBA National Title at 57! Speaking of the Older crowd…. let’s not forget Ernie Schlegel taking it to Brian Voss in the Players Championship! And then, thanks to an INfamous “Solid 8,” Schlegel takes out Petersen and has his PDW moment yelling “Unbelievable” and jumping around about being the greatest and Ali.
Where did they GO?: Pete Weber was non-existent on the tour in ‘95, let alone a telecast or a Title. Was he suspended? Getting divorced again? And Amleto was scarcely seen or mentioned until the Japan Cup. That Championship match with D.D. was on Youtube in Japanese. Nice.
WHY?: And why are Voss, Ozio, WRW, and Aulby already inducted in the PBA Hall of Fame by 1995, yet Pete Weber, who has more titles and money than them at this point, is not in the HOF by 1995?
Broadcast of the Year: Mostly for incidental reasons….It’s a Very Interesting Telecast for a few reasons: First, we get Justin Hromack's climb up the ladder. Voss' shy son. (He must be about 30 now and hates to see this) And we get an Entire match where we listen to The Great Earl Anthony and his Predecessor Walter Ray Williams, Jr. pick'n each other's brain concerning bowling techniques, mechanics and hand-eye versus textbook form. Love it! And it happened at TAYLOR LANES!!!