The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports
Earl Anthony, Johnny Petraglia, Dave Davis, Mike Aulby, Steve Cook
Parker Bohn III, Jason Couch, and Patrick Allen lead the way.
Earl Anthony turned pro in 1970 and finished 2nd in his very first tournament, then earned his first win a few months later in June 1970. He set a record with 43 PBA Tour wins, including 10 wins at Major events, and he had at least one win in 15 consecutive years (from 1970-1984. He also had 7 more wins on the PGA Senior Tour. Anthony was a six-time PBA Player of the Year and BWAA Bowler of the Year, and he was inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame in 1981.
Johnny Petraglia 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. He wasas inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1982.
Dave Davis 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). He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1978.
Mike Aulby was the PBA tour Rookie of the Year in 1979, when he became the youngest player to win a major title. His 29 titles are the 8th most of all time, and his last victory in 2001 made him the first bowler in history to win a title in four different decades. He we is one of only two players in history to complete a career "Super Slam", winning all five PBA Tour major tournaments at least once. He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1996.
Steve Cook won his first tour title in 1979 at age 21, and won a total of 15 times in his career (including 3 majors) between 1979 and 1992. Cook was also known as the largest bowler in PBA history, measuing in at 6 foot 9 inches tall and approximately 260 pounds. He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1993.
Parker Bohn III joined the PBA tour in 1984 and is still active, currently with 35 career titles (including 3 majors). From 1997 through 2001–02, 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. He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2000, when he had just 25 wins to his credit.
Jason Couch joined the PBA tour in 1991 and was Rookie of the Year in his first full season. He won a total of 16 PBA tour titles, including 4 major championships. Couch recently earned his first victory on the PBA50 Seniors tour. He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2012.
Patrick Allen joined the PBA tour in 1999 and won his first tour title in 2001. He won a total of 13 titles (including 2 majors) all between 2001 and 2009. He has recorded 41 perfect 300 games in PBA events, and he was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2018.