HOF – Emma Phaler*


1989 – Pioneer
Emma Phaler

Emma Phaler started her career in bowling in 1921 in Columbus. In 1926, she was elected secretary of the four year old Columbus WBA and after serving one year, she was elected executive secretary of the Women’s International Bowling Congress.

Emma held that position until her retirement in 1965. When Emma took the job 1927, the WIBC membership was 5,357 in 28 cities. When she left, membership was 2.7 million in 2,800 cities.

Emma and then WIBC president Jeanette Knepprath planned and supervised the construction of the WIBC headquarters at 1225 Dublin Rd. in 1958. She was instrumental in bringing the WIBC to Columbus in 1927 and 1949.

A good bowler, Emma had a high league average of 170, a high game of 258 and high series of 620.

The WIBC’s Star of Yesterday” award was started by Emma in 1953. She was named to the WIBC Hall of Fame in 1965. She died October 12, 1982 just 10 days short of her 100th birthday.

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