HOF – Joseph Kristof *

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1988 – Superior Performance — Professional
Joseph Kristof

Joseph Kristoff moved to Columbus in 1961. That same year he won the American Bowling Congress Classic Division doubles with Don Ellis.

Kristof’s career started in his hometown of Toledo in 1934. In 1946, he moved to Chicago and made his name as a member of the Kathryn’s and Tavern Pales Team that won the BPAA team championships in 1947, 1948 and 1949. He was captain of the famed Pabst Team from 1955 to 1958.

He won Ohio Major Bowling Association titles in 1965 and 1966. That same year he was fourth in all events and doubles in the ABC Classic Division.

A charter member of the PBA, he was headquarters regional director from 1958 to 1964.

He was elected to the ABC Hall of Fame in 1968. He has rolled two 300 games and has a high series of 800. His best ABC Masters performance came in 1955 when he finished second to Buss Fazio. Hiss 144 game Masters average is a 202.

Kistoff currently has hip problems, but the 67-year-old says, “I haven’t given up yet.”

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