Dick Barger became interested in bowling when he tagged along with his dad as a youngster to watch him bowl at Goodyear Lanes and followed that up by working there at the tender age of 12. He not only enjoyed bowling but became very proficient at the sport. He qualified for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) in 1971 when he turned 20. He was named to the Beacon Journal All-Star team in 1972 and two years later captured his first Stark County Masters Championship. He chalked up his second Masters title in 1977. A major highlight of his bowling career occurred in 1975 when the top area kegler won the Ohio State Singles title with a 749 series. The competition is one of the largest in the Buckeye State and is held over thirteen weekends. Estimates range from 4,000 to 4,500 entries, for the three plus months of the tournament. Barger's high series of 845 in 1989 earned him the American Bowling Congress Merit Award. In 1992 Barger purchased the North Lanes and for the next decade managed the establishment before selling. The same year he bought the North Lanes the Tri County Bowling Association inducted Barger into is Hall of Fame for his bowling performance through the years. He continued his winning ways, joining with Tom Johns to capture the Akron Open doubles championship in consecutive years - 1993 and 1994. In his long and outstanding career he had four sanctioned 800 series and thirteen 300 games. The Tri County Bowling Association again honored him with an award presented to those who have contributed to the success of the sport. He has continued to practice and work at his game. In 2014, Barger joined the Senior PBA and placed 18th at the Elmira, N.Y., tourney before shoulder problems sidelined him. He is currently preparing to resume competition.