1996 - Paul Dye
To thousands of bowlers the name of Paul Dye immediately brings thoughts of the Michigan State Bowling Association tournament. That is because Dye ran the tournament as secretary of the MSBA from 1956-1970.
The MSBA proudly listed Dye as secretary-emeritus on its stationery. He also served the state organization as its president for four terms, 1934, and 1941 to 1946. Dye was also a director on the ABC (American Bowling Congress) board of directors for 18 years and was active in the SBA administration.
A fine bowler in his own right, Dye’s off-the-lanes accomplishments overshadowed it, but he won the 1931 State Lions Club singles, with a 660, rolled a 698 in the Merchants league in 1939, contributed to an Eastown Recreation team record of 3040 total in 1940, and helped his team to a sixth place hitting 3000 in the 1942 ABC tournament. Dye captained the Garber Buick team from 1933 to 1945. The team traveled an average of 5000 miles a year to compete in matches and tournaments. His over 50 years of bowling indicate his dedication to the sport.
Rated as an outstanding bowling promoter by his peers, Dye also managed local bowling lanes, even though he was a successful funeral home proprietor and didn’t need to involve himself in what was an extremely speculative business at the time.
Because Paul love bowling, he worked hard and played a key role in the spectacular success of the sport even today. His guidance carried the state association into a role of prominence and the large prize funds are due in great measure to the groundwork of Paul.
Paul also served as President of the Saginaw Bowling association in 1938. In September 1963, he was honored at a testimonial dinner in recognition of his many years of service and contributions to bowling. He was inducted into the Saginaw Hall of Fame in October 1976, and now is a member of the Michigan State Bowling Association Hall of Fame