2000 – Meritorious Service
“As the twig is bent…”
At age 13, Brad Lewis began a four-year stint as a pinboy in Shelby, Ohio. Six years later, in his early twenties, he and Chuck Boyd began operations at an eight lane center, Brad and Chuck’s recreation, in downtown Ashland. Three years after that, in 1948, six lanes were added. In that year, Brad became a charter member of the North central Bowling Proprietors Association.
He was just getting started.
In 1954 he opened LuRay Lanes in Ashland, the first center outside a metropolitan are to have automatic pinsetters installed. In 1957 he opened Village Lanes, a 24-lane setup in Mansfield. Two years after that he opened Park lanes in Mansfield with 32 Brunswick Lanes and sold LuRay Lanes. In 1962, he added 18 more lanes to Park for a total of 50 lanes. In 1966-67 he served as president of the NCOBPA. In 1970 he sold Village Lanes.
At Park Lanes he has been host of the Ohio State Tournament. Park Lanes will be permanently listed in the Lancaster Bowling Association yearbook list of 300 bowlers because Jo Alford of the LBA shot 300 in that tournament in 1993. In al his ventures, Brad has been an active promoter of bowling, adult and junior, special events (The Brad Lewis Ladies Tournament, for example). In 1992 he was elected to the Ashland Sports Hall of Fame.
Tonight, the one-time pinboy is welcomed into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.