Bowling’s Ambassador Lives on …
Dick Weber is the most recognized name in the history of bowling. He was the true Ambassador for the sport and was admired, loved and respected by millions of bowlers and bowling fans. His popularity actually spanned the globe; he was as well-known and revered overseas from Europe to Asia.
Dick passed away on February 14, 2005 after returning home from the opening ceremonies of the USBC National tournament.
In April, 2006, Bill McCorkle, Columbus, Ohio organized a tribute to Dick, held in St. Louis Mo. at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. PBA Champions, Touring Pros, Hall of Famer’s, Old friends, Competitors, Former teammates, etc. literally came from all over the country to attend. Each person paid their own expenses. While at the event, interviews were recorded of old stories and fond memories of Dick Weber.
Over 36 hours of interview footage combined with some “never before seen” tapes and pictures were edited to compile a beautiful documentary. The story is based on his life and placed in chronological order.
Dick Weber always made himself available and was beyond generous with his time and energy to support and better the sport of bowling.
Dick Weber’s designated charity was the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. All profits go to this charity in the memory of Dick Weber.
Purchase this video tribute as a remembrance to a great man.
Career Bowling Accomplishments
Dick was a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association. He won 10 of the first 23 PBA events. In his illustrious career, Dick accumulated 26 National Titles and 6 Senior PBA Titles. On two occasions, Dick won 3 consecutive tournaments. He is most remembered for winning professional events in 5 consecutive decades.
Dick held many PBA records; including the most consecutive tournament cashes at 72 events. He is the only player ever to cash in every tournament for two consecutive seasons (1962 & 1963)
Dick won the BPAA All-Star four times. This was a grueling 100 game format that preceded the tournament now known as the U.S.Open.
He was named Bowler of the Year three different times. Dick was the anchor bowler on the greatest team ever assembled, the Budweiser’s. They set the all-time team scoring record in 1958 that held until 1994.
Eleven times, he was named first team All-American by Bowling Magazine.
He served in many capacities: Dick was a Past-President of the PBA, Member of the Executive Board, Midwest Regional Director, and Hall of Fame Board President.
At age 72, Dick won a PBA Senior Regional Title in Taylorsville, Illinois.
Dick was a charter member elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 1975. He was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 1970.
Dick Weber won a PBA Senior Regional in Taylorville, IL at age 72 and he claimed another PBA title in Albert Lea, MN on Sept. 5, 2004 at the age of 74.