HOF – Charles F. Linden

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1995 – Superior Performance — Amateur Charles F. Linden

How many people can boast of carrying an average over 200 for more than 30 years? Not many, but Charles Linden can. Beginning with the 1964 season, carrying a 200 even, Chuck started making his mark on the Cleveland area bowling world. The Greater Cleveland Bowling Association record books carry his name as champion for singles (1996, 1982 & 1974); doubles in 1970; team ( 1964 and 1974).

In ABC competition, his overall tournament average for 19 tournaments is 194. He shot over 1800 six times with a high series of 716 and high all-events of 1938, which garnered him a 9th place finish in 1974. He was also a member of the team which set a high single game of 1182 in 1974. Chuck’s ABC Master’s average for five tournaments is 203 with a best finish a 12th place at Indianapolis in 1974 when he turned in a 219 average.

Chuck has many other local tournament titles to his credit, winning the Cedar Lanes Classic twice, Eastern Singles in 1967, Nat Fast Doubles in Columbus with Al Thompson in 1969 and Dickey’s Doubles with John Roddy in 1962 along with 3 second place finishes in the Cleveland Match Games. He won the Ohio State Team Championship in 1968 and finished second in the State Match Games in 1974 in Lima, Ohio. He has five Ohio Tournament Bowlers Championships to his credit, winning two in 1967, one in 1969 and adding two more in 1976. He piloted his team to a national high team series of 3643 contributing a whopping 836 to the total in 1972.

Chuck has six sanctioned 300 games to his credit, added to 5 others, bring the total to 11. He has two 299’s and two 298 along with four sanctioned 800 series. His highest average on record is 217. He was named to the Ohio Tournament Bowlers All Star Team 3 times, the Greater Cleveland Bowling All Star Team 7 times and the Cleveland Kegler All Star Team 8 times.

Chuck’s knowledge of the sport and his natural ability brought him to the development of the weight block, with John Fabanich of Lorain, which is used in the Hammer and many other bowling balls today. He has operated his own bowling pro shop for over 20 years at Buckeye Lanes in North Olmstead and many of the pro’s depend on his drilling and fitting ability for their appearances in the Cleveland Open.

Chuck’s all-around contribution to our great sport have truly earned him his place in the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.

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