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Don Johnson

After winning the Firestone Tournament of Champions in 1970, Don Johnson announced to the world that Akron was now his official home. It was while in Akron that he entered his prime as a top-notch bowler. In 1971, while earning a career high of $81,349, Don won six Professional Bowlers Association(PBA) titles. That year he edged out Johnny Petraglia for Sporting News' PBA Bowler of the Year by virtue of picking up the difficult 6-7-10 split to win the Brunswick World Open. The following year he was the PBA Tours leading money earner $56,648, won the Brunswick World Open again and was also named Sporting News' PBA Bowler of the Year. Both in 1971 and '72, Don maintained the highest average on the tour, 213.977 and he left Akron in 1976. Don won at least one PBA title. In fact the Kokomo, Indiana, native won 26 PBA titles during his career and at least one each year from 1966 to 1977.

Inducted 1979 | Bowling