1992 – Pioneer
Richard “Davey” Davidson
Richard “Davey” Davidson, age 16 in 1937, bowled with Andy Varipapa rolling a pair of 250’s which so impressed Veripapa that he teamed Davey with top female bowler Tillie Taylor to promote women’s and junior bowling in the United States.
They toured in 1939, when Davey was 18 and just out of high school, giving bowling instructions, exhibitions and trick shots that Andy had taught Davey. His high series was 816 and he averaged 219 for one group of 60 games.
In the 1939 ABC, Davey bowled a 1761 all events, in 1940 an 1873 all events, with his 286 game the highest in the team division and in 1941 his all events was 1806 giving him a 200+ average which was the highest in the ABC tournament those three years. By age 20 Davey had bowled six 300 games.
Davey paired with Ned Day the national match game champion and bowled exhibitions for Brunswick promoting the ten pin game in the eastern U.S.
Davey enlisted in 1942 and gave exhibitions and trick bowling for the Navy until shipping out for sea duty.
Among other titles: seven Middletown city titles, the Central States Craftsman, V.F.W. State and American Legion state singles title.
Richard Davidson was inducted into the Middletown B.A. Hall of Fame, Butler County Sports Hall of Fame, and Hamilton B.A. Hall of Fame.