1988 – Superior Performance — Professional
The youngest of the Hall of Fame inductees, Cleveland’s 30-year old Jeanne Maiden has a continuing list of major professional bowling accomplishments.
In 1976, as a pert 19-year old, Jeanne won the Cleveland City Match Game championship. Two years later she was a member of the winning team in the Ohio State Tournament and in 1979 and 1980 she won all-events in the Central States.
Jeanne turned professional in 1981, earning $7,707 her first year and finishing 15th on the money winnings list. That same year, she was named Cleveland’s Queen of Bowling for the first of three straight years.
Her first pro title came in 1984 at the Pacific Northwest Classic in Tacoma. It wasn’t until two years later that she really went on a roll, picking up three more titles and bowling on the winning team in the WIBC Championships. She was voted Lind Shoe Player of the Year by the members of the Ladies Pro Tour and earned All-America team honors from WIBC and the Bowlers Journal.
Jeanne’s national records include the most sanctioned 300 games at 15, the most consecutive strikes at 33, the highest series at 864 (300-300-264). Both records are in the Guiness World Book of Records.
The current year may end up as her most successful on the pro tour as she battles Lisa Wagner for Bowler of the Year honors. She has won titles in October and currently boasts of $51, 355 in earnings, almost double her winnings of any previous season.