HOF – Sam Levine*

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1988 – Meritorious Service
Sam Levine

Sam Levine is posthumously being inducted into the Ohio Hall of Fame.

Levine was born in Russia in 1913 and he came to this country at age of three. He became interested in bowling in his 20’s and founded the Cleveland Kegler bowling newspaper in 1937. He published the paper until his death in 1982.

Charity was important to Levine and he helped to raise thousands of dollars including sending children to summer camp through bowlers rolling high games and the famous Cleveland Plain Dealer ” I Beat The Champ” tournament which continues today. He was instrumental in obtaining free bowling lanes and equipment for the Ohio School for the Blind and the Ohio School for the Deaf and several mental institutions.

In addition to writing, Levine broadcast bowling for two decades and he handled many television shows.

Levine served as Executive Secretary of the Bowling Proprietors Association of Ohio for 25 years and the Greater Cleveland BPA for 30 years.

The ABC Hall of Fame made Levine a member in 1971 and the BPAA presented him with the Victor Lerner Memorial Award. The Billiard and Bowling industry presented him with its Industry Service Award.

Levine won over 30 writing awards in the Annual ABC Writing competition and he served as president of the Bowling Writers Association of America in 1961 and received the association’s Mort Luby Award in 1966.

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