2007 – Pioneer
Guy Mitchell was a long time bowler in the Greater Canton League. In 1969 he was voted Sportsman of the Year and also Bowler of the Year.
He was elected to first team place in the first Stark County All Star team. In 1981 he won the Achievement Award of the Greater Canton Hall of Fame. He was no flash in the pan—19 years later in the season of 1999-2000, he led the Stark County Traveling League with a 209 average.
He rolled 16 300 games and three 800 series (one of 826). His 16th 300 came in the 1999-2000 season; he was then 73 years old.
He bowled in 36 national ABC tournaments. He had a 190-plus average for 321 games. His high team score was 671; high doubles, 653; high singles, 701; high all events, 1,991. With partner Robert Wintersteller, placed sixth in ABC doubles in 1969.
They had 1,332, an average of 222 per man.
Guy won the old BPAA Stark County All Star Elimination Tournament three different years.
Twice, he won the Akron Senior Bowling Association. He loved that tournament. His averages in that one: from 1992, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97 were 210, 193, 209, 215, 213, 204. In three straight years, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, he rolled a 300 game. In 1994-95, he shot an 803 series.
Tonight, Guy will receive Ohio’s greatest honor, membership in the Ohio Hall of Fame, where there are no misses or splits, and all the pins go down on good hits.