#44 – Year of the Soaker Bowling Balls
In 1973 Don McCune used bowling balls chemically-softened to create hooking power no other player could match. McCune’s ingenuity – perfectly legal at the time – led to a six-title season, a tour-best $69,000 in earnings and PBA Player of the Year honors giving the season the unofficial title of the “Year of the Soaker”. His actions led to a plethora of new rules and regulations related to altering bowling balls, but the impact also ushered in a new era of bowling balls designed to create hooking power.
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