Numbers 45-50 on the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History List Revealed

by PBA Editor October 25, 2008 19:00

Numbers 45-50 on the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History list were revealed on Sunday's telecast.

  • 45: John Guenther
    Career Titles: 11
    Career Major Titles: 1
    Career Earnings: $281,188

    Highlights: Captured multiple titles in 1971 and ’72, including the 1972 PBA National Championship… Was voted the PBA’s Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner the first two years after the honor was instituted in 1966… Tossed a perfect game – the second in PBA history – during the championship round of the 1969 San Jose Open in front of ABC-TV cameras and millions of viewers… Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1986.
     
  • 46: Gary Dickinson
    Career Titles: 8
    Career Major Titles: 1
    Career Senior Tour Titles: 12
    Career Earnings: $1,360,386

    Highlights: Holds eight titles including the 1983 U.S. Open, his lone Major title… Finished second in both the Tournament of Champions and the PBA National Championship in 1980… Won multiple titles in 1973 before winning single titles over the next three seasons and adding titles in 1979, ’80 and ’83… Won the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 1972, ’73 and ’74… Is still a force on the PBA Senior Tour where he ranks second all time with 12 titles… Has been named PBA Senior Player of the Year three times, winning the award back-to-back in 1993 and ’94… Won his third honor in ’97 when he took home three titles including the USBC Senior Masters... Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1988.
     
  • 47: Barry Asher
    Career Titles: 10
    Career Earnings: $300,918

    Highlights: Won two titles in a season on four occasions… Won his first two titles in 1966, followed by two each in ’71, ’72 and ’73… Won a title apiece in ’75 and ’76 – his last year on Tour – to bring his total to 10… While he didn’t win a Major, finished second on three different occasions including the 1973 and ’75 Tournament of Champions… Set a PBA scoring record in the 1971 South Bend Open when he averaged 247, a record which stood for 10 years… Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1998.
     
  • 48: Tommy Hudson
    Career Titles: 10
    Career Major Titles: 1
    Career Earnings: $454,543

    Highlights: Won four titles in 1977, including the 1977 PBA National Championship, and earned $89,393, second on Tour… Was 1972 PBA Rookie of the Year… Won the 1977 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award… His 34 cashes in 1997 still stands as a PBA record… Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1989.
     
  • 49: Mika Koivuniemi
    Career Titles: 8
    Career Major Titles: 2
    Career Earnings: $1,098,923

    Highlights: Won Majors as his first two titles, capturing the 2000 USBC Masters and the 2001 U.S. Open… One of just three players ever to win Majors as their first two victories… Named the PBA Player of the Year in 2003-04 when he won twice and earned a Tour-leading $238,590… Also won multiple titles in 2004-05… One of 19 players to shoot 300 on TV, shooting 300 against Jason Couch in 2003 in Windsor Locks, Conn.
     
  • 50: Bob Strampe
    Career Titles: 7
    Career Major Titles: 3
    Career Earnings: $248,180

    Highlights: One of three players to win Majors as their first two titles, both of which came in the 1964 season… Won the 1964 PBA National Championship and the 1964 BPAA All-Star en route to being named the 1964 PBA Player of the Year… Led the Tour in earnings that season with $33,592… Won two titles apiece in 1965 and ‘68… Earned his second Major victory in the 1966 USBC Masters… Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1987.

 

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