HOF – John Powell Jr.*


1992 – Pioneer
John Powell Jr.

John Powell Jr. began his league career at age 14 in 1938. He was the maintenance man at Mercury Lanes after returning from World War II, where he served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1956 he opened Regal Lanes then built Glass Bowl in 1959, Imperial lanes in 1963 and Southwyck Lanes in 1972, all in Toledo. From 1972 to 1983 John helped promote fourteen Don Carter Centers in Florida, Texas and Louisiana.

John was one of the best bowlers of all time from Toledo area where he won ten city titles. He won numerous state and regional titles with several being: Ohio State K of C titles 23 times, BPAA match game title in 1962 and in 1964 when he bowled the record of 1059 for four games. He won two Ohio State Men’s titles in 1971, the team event with 763 of the 3325 total and all-events with a 2154.

John bowled in 32 ABC Tournaments with 7 finishes in the top ten. He had second place in the Classic All Events 2027 at Des Moines, second in the team event, with 692 of the 3197 total at Detroit in 1971. A few highlights along the way: an amazing 231 average for 81 games in 1959-60 and was named Bowlers Journal second team in the same year.

John Powell Jr. in 1963 was inducted into the Toledo Bowling Association Hall of Fame, the City of Toledo Hall of Fame for his bowling ability and was crowned the King of Toledo Bowlers.

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