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Edward "Ott" Markulis

Five perfect games, four 299 scores and two 298 games are among the lofty achievements of Markulis who began his bowling career in 1934 as a pin-boy at Akron’s Buchtel Lanes. He was just 18 that year when he bowled his first 300 game. In 40 years of active bowling in the area, he maintained a 200 or better average for 20 of those years. At one time, Markulis carried a 220 average. His all-time three-game high was 976. In 1934 he teamed with Joe Meszaro to win the American Bowling Congress doubles championship in Cleveland. Twenty years later the two teamed again to win the ABC doubles competition while rolling a 1448, the highest score in the nation that year. Markulis won the state championship in all events in the Inter-City tournament and won the doubles twice in that event. He was a member of the state championship five-man teams twice with Cherry’s Steakhouse and Maibach Furniture. Markulis was the Beacon Journal’s Bowler of the Year in 1955 and 20 years later was inducted in the Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1996 | Bowling