TWIB Notes: Strikes — consecutively, under a minute and in bunches

By Al Stephenson

There is a great feeling when you bury the ball in the pocket and 10 pins go in the pit. Strikes bring out those emotions. Now one that is sloppy and has no business taking place does not give bowlers that sense of accomplishment. We take it (it’s in the rules), don’t get me wrong, but when you know you’ve done exactly what you set out to do …

Well that feeling is incredible.

So the people I’m about to tell you about must feel incredibly good for lengthy periods of time. Let’s start with speed bowling.

Anytime someone can do something quickly, I’m impressed. My life has slowed dramatically as evidenced by my efforts to extract myself from my reclining chair. It involves trying to push down the handle to begin with. That effort alone has taken more time than it should.

Then there is the creaking (that would be me), the moaning (again me, but the chair may very well feel the same way) and presto — I’m upright! A few seconds to make sure the parts are all working — again, we’re talking me, not the chair — and it’s off to wherever it was I was thinking of going.

So I’m really impressed when I read that Chad McLean holds the record for throwing the most strikes in less than a minute. He does this by running from one rack to the next, grabbing a ball and hurtling it down the lane. The record by the way is nine — in less than one minute. In that time I’m still trying to get out of the chair!

Perhaps some local bowlers would like to try to break this record. What say, Allen Eiry folks?

To bowl a perfect game one must string 12 strikes in a row. At last count, Fero Williams had logged 135 perfectos. Let’s see … Twelve straight strikes 135 … I think I’d have a better chance of getting out of my chair!

The last story is almost not believable for a couple of reasons. It seems that Oberlin, Pennsylvania’s Tommy Gollick started his evening with a 4-10 split. He covered the four pin before he threw a strike in the second frame. At that point no one knew he would throw strikes for the rest of the evening.

That, however, is exactly what he did. Since he was throwing a four game set, it meant that he set a record by throwing 47 consecutive strikes. Seriously, 47 straight strikes! Could he have thrown another one — the equivalent of four perfect games?

We’ll never know. His set was over and he stopped bowling.

Here is the other fact that leaves me shaking my head. His 1,179 total pinfall is ONLY the second best for a four-game set. In fact, it’s not even close to the best. Tom Jordan of Union, N.J. has the record of 1,198.

Seriously – 47 of a possible 48 strikes and you don’t have the record. Looking at Jordan’s evening, one of two things had to happen for him not to have had 47 consecutive strikes of his own. Either he left two pins on his last ball in one of the first three games or he left a single pin in two of his four games.

Either way, both of these feats are incredible. I’m exhausted just thinking about these accomplishments. I think I’ll go sit in the recliner.

I’ll be back — in a little while!

Shawn Fitch Jr. must have had those feelings associated with throwing strikes as he leads this week’s honor roll with a big 719 series.

Imperial-Majorette-Sportsman: Shawn Fitch Jr. 719, Jim Mason 654, James Lord 652, Rich Yates Jr. 622, Deb Nominee 497 and Meg Pifer 437.

Lady Knights: Linda Kimmet 421, Carol Burmeister 410 and Debra Gase 400.

Allen Eiry: Harry Smith 371, Phil Miller 336, Jim Donaldson 331, Bob Reinhart 321, Donna Smith 291, Robin Brownell 282, Bonnie Steinmetz 278, Paul Fey 269, Bill Steinmetz 263 and Dave Everhart 250.

Rocket: Tyson Shope 627, Jason Ball 621, Dave Coppus 615, Jon Distel 614, Mike Distel 609 and Ellen Ewing 438.

55 Plus: Jim Ruess 568, Paul Gosche 484, Bob Reinhart 476, Jim Donaldson 453, Jim Ferstler 453, John Ferstler 430, Dave Everhart 420, Jerry Coleman 412 and Paul Fey 393.

Al Stephenson is the bowling columnist for The Advertiser-Tribune.

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