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Jack Wilson

The Philippine Islands hold a special place in Jack Wilson's life. It was here that in 1979 he enjoyed an once-in-a-lifetime experience bowling in the Federation Internationale des Quilliers (FIQ), ninth World Bowling Championships in Manila. Wilson won a silver medal in the three-team event and finished 10th in the individual overall competition, the highest finish by an American man. This finish qualified him to represent the U.S. in the Americas zone competition in Miami where he placed third against a world-class field. Wilson qualified for the FIQ event by finishing second in a field of 33 bowlers at the U. S. Team Trials that year in Milwaukee. He was eligible to be in the field because of his doubles victory that year at the American Bowling Congress (ABC) competition in Tampa. He teamed with another Hall of Famer, Mike Turnbull, to capture the two-man national title. Following in the footsteps of many top national bowlers from the Akron area, Wilson was named to the Beacon Journal All-Star team in 1980. In the 1983 City Tournament, he and Turnbull again teamed up to finish second with a 1,301 total. During the '80's Wilson always carried a plus 200 average with his tops being 237. He has shot eight 300 games and five 800 series. But his crowning achievement was in 1988 when he fired games of 278, 299 and 298 for an 875 series. That was tops in the state and held up for a number of years. The 47-year old Wilson is also involved in coaching and umpiring in Cuyahoga Falls Little League. Wilson, who recently took early retirement from Ameritech, and his wife, Debra, have two grown children and live in the Falls.

Inducted 2001 | Bowling