1992 – Pioneer
Erv Hoinke Sr.
Erv Hoinke Sr. was involved in bowling for sixty years in the Greater Cincinnati area as an active participant in all phases of the game until his death in 1980.
Erv was secretary of Western Hills Merchant League for ten years starting in 1925. Recognizing his leadership and administrative ability the Cincinnati Bowling Association elected him as executive Secretary for two years in 1937 to 1939.
Erv served as president of the Greater Cincinnati Bowling Proprietors Association for five years, 1942-47, and later one year, 1961-62.
He was very active in the state and was elected president of the Ohio Bowling Proprietors Association 1948-50.
An engineer by profession, Erv designed and built Hoinke Lanes and was the proprietor from 1941 to 1970 when Hoinke Lanes merged with Western Bowl, to which he added twenty lanes. With his son Erv Jr., they operated the sixty-eight lane establishment.
The famous Hoinke Classic Tournament is conducted at Western Bowl and recognized as the largest independent tournament in the world with prize money in the millions of dollars each year.
Erv Hoinke Sr. was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1974.