1996 - George Young
Geroge was a man who not only won and shared every bowling honor, but won and shared the hearts of all who knew him
He was a late comer to Detroit and Michigan, but he managed to make friends and admireres in every town and area of our great state.
Bowling’s “Georgia Peach”, he was a member of one of the greatest teams of all time. E & B and Pfeiffers sponsored teams that won many titles and had an unbelieveable record in the ABC Tournament.
Those teams had George, Lou Sielaff, Fred Bujack, and Therm Gibson and in differet years: Bill Lillard, Don Carter, Chock O’Donnell and Bill Bunetta. These teams won five BPAA World’s Championships, ABC team titles in 1952, 53 and 55, ABC team all events titles in 1949, 53, and 55, city team titles in 1946, 1947, 52 and 54, State team in 1950, 55 and 58.
George also won the state doubles in 1946 and 1948, city doubles in 1946 and city all events in 1952. He had the high average in the All Star Classic leaguse in 1947-48 with a 205. His high series was an 834 in 1939 and he laid claim to 42- 300 games, although only three were sanctioned. George also combined with Therm Gibson to win the BPAA National doubles title in 1947.
He had one of the most glittering Open Championships records with an unparalleled string of nine consecutive all-events totals above 1,800. Between 1942 and 1958 (with three years out for World War II when there was no Tournament), his only total below 1,800 was 1,778 in 1949. His 202-lifetime average was the highest in history for 20 or more tournaments at that time.
Unfortunately, in early 1959 he had health issues and was forced to give up his bowling career. He also operated bowling establishments in the New York Area until moving to Detroit in 1944. He owned two bowling supply stores at the time of his passing.
He is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the Detroit Hall of Fame (1966), ABC Hall of Fame in 1959 and now has been inducted into the Michigan State BA Hall of Fame ( June 1996)