The first Black professional bowling champ


George Branham
Date: 
Sat, 1986-11-22

One this date, George Branham, was the first African American to win a Professional Bowlers Association, (PBA) championship. He defeated Mark Roth from Detroit in Glendale Heights, Illinois, on this date in 1986. . .

He had bowled since the age of six and joined the PBA at age 24. In 17 years as a professional bowler, Branham won five major titles, including the sport's highest honor, the Tournament of Champions. He also rolled 23 games with a perfect score of 300 and earned $747,138 in prize money. When he retired from the game in 2004, he remained one of the world's top contenders and was still the only black bowler to become a PBA champion.

Reference:
Ebony Magazine
A Johnson Publication
November, 1986