The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders In Sports

The All-Time Best Lefthanded Bowlers

There have been many great lefthanded bowlers in the 
Professional Bowlers Association, but not as many as one might expect.

Earl Anthony, Johnny Petraglia, Dave Davis, Mike Aulby, Steve Cook, Parker Bohn III,
Jason Couch, Patrick Allen, Scott Norton, Patty Costello, & Tish Johnson, 

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Earl Anthony was inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame in 1981. His first tournament victory came in June 1970, he had victories in 15 consecutive years (from 1970-1984).  He set the record of 43 PBA Tour victories, and was bowler of the year six times.  He had 7 more victories on the senior tour, and had a total of 25 perfect 300 games. 

Johnny Petraglia was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1982.  He won his first tour title in 1965 at the age of 19, but a week later he left the tour to join the Army and missed five years of the prime of his career.  His best season was 1971, when he won five tour titles.  He remains the only PBA bowler to win three consecutive televised tournaments, and is one of only six bowlers ever to win each of the three major bowling tournaments.  

Dave Davis was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1978. He began his PBA career in 1964 and won 18 PBA tour titles, including an amazing six titles in the 1967 season alone. The 1967 season would see him win the PBA National Championship on his way to Player of the Year honors. He also won the PBA National Championship in 1965, plus two Tournament of Champions titles (1968 and 1975).

Mike Aulby was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1996.  He was the PBA tour Rookie of the Year in 1979, and his 29 titles are the 8th most of all time.  His tour victory in 2001 made him the first bowler in history to win a title in four different decades.

Steve Cook was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1993.  He ​won his first PBA title at the age of 21, and won 15 times in his career.  He was known as the largest bowler in PBA history at 6 foot 9 inches tall and 260 pounds.  

Parker Bohn III was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2000, even though he was and still is active on the PGA tour.  From 1997 through 2001–02, during which he won 18 titles overall and at least one title each season.  His best single season came in 1999, when he won five titles and earned PBA Player of the Year honors. 

Jason Couch was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2012.  He was PBA rookie of the years in 1992, and has racked up 16 titles, including four major championships.  He is currently 10th on the PBA's all-time money list with over $1.7 million in career earnings.

Patrick Allen joined the PBA tour in 1999 and won his first tour title on 2002 and has 13 titles to his credit so far.  He has recorded 37 perfect 300 games in PBA events.

Scott Norton joined to PBA tour in 2008 and won his first tournament victory on 2010. His second victory in November 2012 ended a 20-month title drought for left-handed bowlers on the PBA Tour, the longest drought for left-handers since 1962.

Patty Costello is considered one of the best female bowlers of the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Over her career she earned 25 tournament titles, and was named female bowler of the year in 1972 and 1976.

Tish Johnson was inducted into the Women's Professional Bowling Hall of Fame in 1988. She was twice named Player of the Year and she was the third professional bowler ever to bank more than $1 million in career earnings.