A native-born Akronite who launched his bowling career with his brothers, Ray and Michael, after graduating from South High in 1934. He gradually worked his way into the 190 pin average class by the time he was called into World War II. Back from the service, he started bowling again in 1946. By 1948 he was a 186 shooter when he entered the American Bowling Congress tournament at Detroit. In the singles event he couldn't miss as he strung together a 721 series with games of 256,233 and 232 to win going away. Shortly afterward, Protich developed an inner ear infection that slow4ed him down considerably. He did get on the beam briefly in 1958 at Chicago in the Lorain Classic to capture the singles event with a 1309 score.