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Artie Pappa

In 1940, while a pinsetter at Ace Mitchell's Main Bowling Center, Artie Pappa bowled his first game - a 76. Two years later, at age 16, Pappa bowled a 290. Soon this Akron native would be known nationwide for his bowling prowess. He won doubles championships with Steve Galati in 1949, bowled his first sanctioned 300 game in 1950 and in 1951 turned professional. In 1951, he became a member of the World Champion five-man team, Stroh's Beer of Detroit, which included another Hall of Famer, Buzz Fazio. Dubbed the "Little Professor" by the late Pindy Wagner, Pappa became Akron's first full-time teaching pro - serving Eastgate, Northgate and Magic City Lanes. In 1955 he teamed with Harry Smith to win the Ohio doubles championship, was on the state 5-man championship team and was all-events champion in 1956. Pappa, who became a charter member of the Professional Bowlers' Association in 1958, retired from the sport of bowling in 1972.

Inducted 1981 | Bowling