HOF – Paul Kulbalga*


1996 – Pioneer
Paul Kubalga

In a day and time when scores on the lanes were achieved strictly by personal skills, Paul Kulbaga of Hinkley, Ohio, earned his place in the bowling record books.

The Cleveland Bowling Association Team Championship title was owned by Paul and his teammates on four separate occasions between 1958 and 1966. Paul was named Cleveland King of Bowling in 1960. His high average of 221 came in 1962, the year he shot a high series of 815. Paul has rolled over 150 sanctioned 700 series and five 300 games. Paul was inducted into the Cleveland Hall of Fame for Superior Performance in 1981.

One of the highlights of Paul’s career came in 1960 ABC Tournament when he shot the best four event total placing first in the Singles Event, second in the All-Events and third in both the Team and Doubles events. The record still stands today only being tied in 1967 by Bob Strampe of Detroit. The feat is listed in the “Guinness Book of World Records”

Traveling coast to coast in the 60’s, Paul bowled regularly on national television. Among his favorite memories was twice winning on Milton Berle’s “Jackpot Bowling” on 1960. Other titles to his credit are the 1955 Tri-State Doubles Championship and in 1963 the Third Annual Meadows Classic.

Paul’s talent on the lanes in the era when lane conditions and having the right equipment did not influence the final outcome truly entitle him to become one of “Ohio’s Pioneers” in our bowling world.

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