Pioneer – Richard A. Riley
A Pioneer is one who goes before to remove obstacles and prepare the way for others, Richard A. Riley is the personification of that definition. For some sixty years he has contributed to bowling in many different ways and has compiled an enviable record of achievement.
He served in many capacities in several organizations and promoted and enhanced his chosen sport in all of them. He served 10 years on the Youngstown Bowling Board of Directors, 44 years on the Ohio Board as Zone 11, and was president of each of them. During his tenure on the State Board, he was instrumental in enlarging the state tournament from less than 1,000 teams to more than 1,400 teams. While Assistant Secretary, he initiated the Ohio Seniors Tournament which grew to 800 bowlers in three years with the four high age winners going t the ABC National Seniors Tournament. In 1963, he was responsible for bringing the state tournament to Youngstown. Associated with the Youngstown Vindicator (editorial room), he founded the first bowling newspaper in Youngstown district. In 1962 he helped Jack Lawrence produce the Mahoning Valley Bowling Newspaper.
He bowled in the Allied Press Craft League for 51 seasons (10 of them as secretary/treasurer). He bowled in ABC, 40 Ohio State and 45 Youngstown City tournaments.
A member of the Youngstown Hall of Fame, Richard A. Riley is welcomed tonight into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.