A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Bowling Through The Decades

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Meet the pro bowlers featured in A LEAGUE OF ORDINARY GENTLEMEN.


Chris Barnes: Blonde hair, clean-shaven with chiseled features

Stats
Born: February 25, 1970
Bowls: Right
Titles: 7
PBA Tour Earnings:
$1.1 million
Chris Barnes
I’ll do it as long as I can. As long as I can balance that out with my family and not feel like I’m taking away from my boys.

2004-2005 Rank: 2

Chris Barnes graduated with a B.A. in business management from Wichita State University in 1992, where he was an All-American bowler his sophomore year and named Collegiate Bowler of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America. Barnes was chosen for the national team, Team USA, an unprecedented five consecutive times (1993–1997). He won four gold medals for Team USA, including the master’s competition in the American Zone Tournament in Costa Rica in 1997. He was also the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Year for Bowling in 1994, 1996 and 1997. In 1998, Barnes was named PBA Rookie of the Year. He was the fastest player to earn one million dollars, a milestone he reached in 220 career events, surpassing the previous mark of 253 made by Pete Weber and Jason Couch. Barnes lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with his wife, Lynda, also a prize-winning pro bowler, and twin sons Ryan and Troy.

Wayne Webb: Light brown hair, short beard and moustache

Stats
Born: August 4, 1957
Bowls: Right
Titles: 20
PBA Tour Earnings:
$1.3 million
Wayne Webb

I would very much consider doing something different with my life, but at this point I wouldn’t have a clue what that would be.

Not ranked at this time

The son of bowling alley operators in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Wayne Webb knew from age 12 that “all I ever wanted to be was a professional bowler.” He was 18 when he got his wish and joined the PBA tour in 1975. He won his first tournament at 21 and earned Player of the Year honors at 23. In the early 1980s, Webb traveled the Tour in a lavish RV with a Corvette in tow and ran a thriving karaoke business on the side, taking over nightclubs at each tour stop and frequently closing them down in the wee hours of the morning. But even when hungover with only a few hours of sleep, Webb could slip on his bowling shoes and mow down his opponents on the lanes.

Eventually Webb’s lifestyle, including a gambling addiction and three divorces, took a toll on his personal life and his bank account. As the 2002–2003 bowling season began, Webb was nearly bankrupt, working in a local pro-shop and scraping together the money to hit the tour again for another season. In February 2006, Webb was awarded the Commissioner’s Exemption for the 2006 Ace Hardware Championship, allowing him to bowl in a PBA event once again.

Pete Webber: Full head of high, brushed back light brown hair; intense look and furrowed brow

Stats
Born: August 21, 1962
Bowls: Right
Titles: 32
PBA Tour Earnings:
$2.7 million
Pete Weber

Throughout my career I’ve been known to raise a little hell. The later part of the ‘80s, early part of the ‘90s… I was the rebel of the tour.

2004-2005 Rank: 42

The son of bowling legend Dick Weber, Pete Weber, nicknamed “PDW,” joined the PBA in 1979. Weber’s superstitions include sitting in the same spot the same way when bowling well, not having his wife wear red on TV and always folding his towel the same way. He is a huge fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and his favorite film is Tombstone. During the 2004–2005 season, Weber struggled with injuries and the passing of his father, finishing 42nd in the PBA World Point Rankings. Weber became the second bowler to hit the two-million-dollar mark in Tour earnings in 1997. He is one of only four men to have completed the PBA’s career Triple Crown (National Championship, Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open). Weber resides in St. Ann, Missouri, with his wife Tracy and their two children.

Walter Ray Williams: Reddish brown hair, beard and moustache, smiling

Stats
Born: October 6, 1959
Bowls: Right
Titles: 41
PBA Tour Earnings:
$3.5 million
Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. Never have. If I wasn’t bowling for a living I probably would either be a teacher [or] maybe working for… NASA.

2004-2005 Rank: 4

Walter Ray Williams, Jr., nicknamed “Dead-Eye,” joined the PBA in 1980. He bowled his way through Cal Poly, Pomona, where he earned a B.S. degree in physics in 1984. Williams has his own fan club, the Dead-Eye Diehards. During the 2004–2005 Tour, he won his 40th career title and inched closer to Earl Anthony’s all-time titles record of 41. Williams also scored the highest bowling average on the Tour for the sixth time, with a 227.07 average. In 2005, he was inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. He lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife, Paige Pennington. He is also a member of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association Hall of Fame.

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