Jim Stefanich Needs 1 Strike For $10,000, A New Mercury Cougar and a PBA Televised 300
Minutes before the 1974 PBA Midas Open finals began on ABC-TV, a lane breakdown forced Tournament Director Harry Golden to declare lanes from non-adjoining pairs as the official TV pair for the finals. In the second game, Jim Stefanich threw the PBA’s third televised game, and the only one ever bowled on a non-adjoining pair of lanes. Dick Ritger won the event, but Stefanich won a $10,000 300 game bonus plus a new Lincoln-Mercury Cougar.
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