HOF – Erwin Carl Hoinke


1998 – Meritorious Service
Erwin Carl Hoinke

Erwin Carl Hoinke’s name is best known from the tournament which his father started over fifty years ago. Erv is now president/CEO of the operation. He created the very successful Super Hoinke Tournament over 15 years ago.

On the national and state level Erv has served on several BPAA committees where his expertise was used to help conduct the Merit, U.S. Men’s and Women’s Open, and Miller Doubles Tournaments and made an effective average change to deal with sandbaggers, which was approved by the ABC delegates in 1995.

On the local level he originated and started the BPA King of Bowling over 32 years ago which is still running in the Cincinnati area. He was twice used as the typical “Small Business Man” by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Started the Cincinnati Scratch Junior Traveling League in 1960 which is still running. Served on the local BPA Board of Directors since 1960 and has been a member of the Greater Cincinnati BPA since the early 50’s.

During all this time, Erv also had time to compete on the lanes as well. In the 1949-50 season, he rolled the highest series in the nation, a 726 recognized by the AJBC. Competed in over 45 ABC National Tournaments with a lifetime average over 190. Rolled a 300 game in 1989. Won several titles while he served in the Army during the Korean conflict. Tonight we honor Erv for contributions to the game of bowling by induction to the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.

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