1994 – Superior Performance — Professional
It may not be true that Allie Clarke was born in a bowling alley, but he was certainly raised in one. His parents owned Chagrin Falls Recreation, and later purchased Kinsman Lanes in 1950. Allie grew up in the small farm community of Kinsman. During his childhood, enjoyed playing baseball, but bowling was the sport at which he excelled.
Allie began bowling in sanctioned leagues in 1954 at the age of eleven. At the age of 15, he posted a 750. He participated in his first ABC Tournament at the age of 16, also at which time, cashing in three of four PBA tournaments entered. At that age, he also won the Laurel Lanes Invitational, averaging 219, and also won the Crest Lanes Classic averaging 217 for 12 games. He joined the PBA at the age of 18. This was the beginning of a life of bowling accomplishments worthy of any bowler’s dreams.
I his early career, he was named King of Cleveland Bowlers for outstanding achievements in Cleveland Bowling. Taking the Cleveland City Tournament Doubles Championship with his partner, Dan Toronski, and as a member of the Shaw Lanes Team, won the BPAA All Star Traveling and the 20 Grand Classic Leagues, placing 1st in the Central Ohio Match Game Championships, placing 2nd in the Ohio Match Games.
The death of his father forced Allie to quit the PBA Tour. However, he won the Portage County All-Events Championship, placing 2nd in All-Events in the Ohio State Tournament.
In 1968 Allie rolled his first sanctioned 800 series, and rejoined the PBA Tour full time. He won the Valley Lanes Open PBA Tournament at Portland, Oregon, his first PBA title. Along the way he picked up his second PBA win, at the Lincoln Open, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Over the next five years, Allie entered and won more tournaments, often appearing on the Wide World of Sports live telecasts.
In the years 1976, he finished 11th at in the Firestone Tournament of Champions. He left the Pro Tour to purchase Portage Pro Bowl in Ravenna, where he continued his winning ways. He was often the Portage County All-Events Champion. In 1981, he rolled an all time high all-events score at the Elks State Tournament with a total of 2224 pins. He later won the Roseland Match Game Championship, adding excitement to the title match by rolling another 300 game. Allie has at least nineteen 300’s sanctioned to his credit.
Allie currently bowls in two leagues, averaging 210, and aspires to join the Seniors Tour in a few years.
He has been recognized by many charities for his contributions of time and talents. Allie received the Pat Patterson Award I 1972 for Outstanding Contributions to the Sport of Bowling.
Allie has been elected into the Portage County Hall of Fame, and it’s truly fitting that he be honored tonight for Superior Performance — Professional in his home state.