Carmen Salvino

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Carmen Salvino (born November 23, 1933 in Chicago) is a professional ten-pin bowler and a founding member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). Salvino won 17 PBA Tour titles –- among them the 1962 PBA National Championship. He also won two PBA Senior Tour titles, including the 1984 Senior National Championship. The right-handed bowler was among the eight original inductees to the PBA Hall of Fame in 1975, and is also a member of the USBC Hall of Fame (inducted 1979), the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (inducted 1985), the Illinois Sports Hall of Fame, and the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame.

Salvino now resides in Schaumburg, IL (USA), and has remained active in various capacities of the PBA -- including ambassador, executive board, and tournament committee positions, as well as one term as PBA president (1985-86).

Despite all his victories, Salvino listed a loss to his good friend Dick Weber in the finals of the 1988 PBA Showboat Senior Invitational among his most memorable tournaments. Although both Salvino and Weber were original PBA members when the organization was founded in 1958, the two had never met in a televised match until this 1988 tour stop. Due to the matches being completed ahead of schedule that day, Salvino and Weber were interviewed at the end of the broadcast and spent several minutes recalling memories of bowling's heyday.[1]

Salvino has made a number of memorable marks on the sport of bowling throughout his seven decades (1950s-2011): champion, Hall-of-Famer, showman and entertainer, bowling ball scientist in the areas of physics and chemistry, bowling ambassador, as well as bowling health enthusiast.

During the 1970s, Salvino claimed to have based his bowling style on a mathematical equation, which he never revealed. The equation covered the bowling stance and ball delivery that stressed accuracy. [2]

Salvino was ranked #17 on the PBA's 2008 list of "50 Greatest Players of the last 50 years." The 1999 Bowlers Journal ranking of 20th Century bowlers rated him #34.



  1. ^ "The sounds and the furious...", article by Carmen Salvino and Dick Denny, Bowling Digest, June, 2003.
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