Throwback Thursday 11/10/16: “Neff Cleans Off Highland’s 1st 300”

“A clean sweep for Bobby Neff. Last night in Sam’s Wednesday Night Mixed League, Bob Neff, pro at Highland Park Bowl, found his own alleys to his liking and registered the first sanctioned 300 game of his career. Bob, who has three practice session perfect games to his credit, buried 10 perfect pocket hits and wound up even more spectacularly by getting his last two strikes on “Brooklyn” hits. The slight pin buster, who had rolled 288 as his previous high sanctioned game, started out with 191 and wound up with 258 for a brilliant 749 series. Neff’s employment at Highland Park cost him $1,000 for the feat. An explicit management rule, set when the alleys opened a year ago, forbid any employee from winning any form of prize offered by the alleys. Bob, however, will do all right. In addition to his American Bowling Congress Award, he comes into a stack of cash and merchandise from various bowling manufacturers and local concerns. This was the first 300 game rolled since Highland Park opened officially last fall.”

-Moline Dispatch
June 16, 1960

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