1994 – Pioneer
Nick Manos was one of Dayton’s premier bowlers “in the old days”, but you’ve never heard him boast about being the top bowler. However, when people talk bowling in Dayton, the name Nick Manos never fails to surface.
He began his career in 1938 as manager and instructor at Riverdale Alleys. In later years, he would hold the position of manager at palace Lanes, Congress lanes and Belmont Lanes.
Nick has managed to maintain a 182 composite average since the 158-59 bowling season. He also bowled in many classic leagues. Due to popularity, in the mid-80’s, one was renamed to bear his name; the Nick Manos deluxe league at Royal Z Belmont.
He has always been champion of the young bowlers, and it was the birth of the American Junior bowling Congress that enabled him to employ his ability as organizer and instructor for the youth bowlers. In 1955, he organized to AJBC leagues of 20 teams each which bowled on Saturdays and were sponsored by the VFW and Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
As manager and instructor at Belmont Lanes in the late 50’s and early 60’s, Nick started the “shadow ball” practice program on Saturday mornings. All 26 lanes would be occupied by bowlers but you never heard a pin fall. You could practice all you wanted form 9:00 am til 1:00 pm and receive instructions from Nick or one of his “assistant” coaches; all free of charge. Manos gained much fame in the Dayton area for his ability to instruct.
He has been a member of the city, state and National Bowling proprietors Association since its inception, as well as being a member of the PBA since 1955; all in the interest of furthering the sport of bowling.
Nick is truly the “bowlers’ bowler”, a true friend of all bowlers through his patience, understanding and guidance. He is the apex of friendship, sportsmanship and goodwill. Nick Manos is an ambassador of bowling both as a proprietor and a member of the American Bowling Congress.
In 1967, he was inducted into the Dayton Bowling Association hall of Fame, and it is only fitting that he now be honored as a Pioneer in our great sport.