“Three men were inducted into the Moline-East Moline Bowling Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies held last month in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting.
The newest honorees were Bob Cosper and Von McLane Jr. in the bowling skills category and Bob Vollrath for meritorious service to the local association.
Cosper’s bowling credentials are extensive and reach far beyond the local scene. He has been a memeber of the MEMBA for 30 years, during which time he had numerous averages over 200. In a career that dates back to 1961, the talented right-hander has bowled five 300 and two 299 games. He has amassed more than 250 series of 700 or better.
Much of Cosper’s success has been in tournament action, both at the local level and in places far afield. He was a member of a team that finished in third place in an ABC Tournament several years ago. Because of his outstanding ability, Cosper had earlier been elected to the Rock Island B.A. and Greater Davenport B.A. Hall of Fame.
McLane has been an outstanding bowler in MEMBA leagues for many years, during which time he accumulated one 300, two 299 and one 298 games. He posted an 800 series in the Senior Division of a recent MEMBA City Tournament.
The skillful McLane has had other successes in City Tournaments, having won both the regular doubles and senior doubles. He was also on two championship teams.
Way back in 1961, McLane was the winner of the Tri-City Elimination competition, which advanced him to the National All-Star Tournament that year. He has also won two Central Illinois Classic B.A. singles tournaments and was on two first-place teams at the Central Illinois Tournament held annually in Springfield.
Vollrath has been active on the MEMBA board for many years, dating back to when it was knows as the Moline B.A. He served as association president from 1961-63. When a merger of the Moline B.A. and East Moline B.A. was contemplated, Vollrath was one of the men active in the process.
Over the years, Vollrath has acquired the unofficial title of “association watchdog” for his persistent effort in ensuring that the work and the finances of the MEMBA is properly conducted.
Still an active bowler, Vollrath exhibits the tenacity that gives real meaning to the words ‘meritorious service.'”
-The Rock Island Argus
April 20, 1997