Bowling champion Basil “Buzz” Fazio, a three-time ABC Champion, led the Stroh’s Beer team through nine winning seasons, formed the Falstaff Beer Team in St. Louis, and won two titles during the 1973-1974 PBA tour at the age of 65.
Fazio was a star in Akron, Ohio before joining the Detroit Stroh’s in 1947. He captained the Stroh’s Beer team for nine seasons. The team won seven straight live television matches in Chicago in the fall of 1955, as well as the 1951 Team All Events title and three BPAA National Team titles.
Fazio moved to St. Louis in 1957 to form the Falstaff Beer team, and won another Team All Events Title with them.
Fazio also had an 802 in Detroit, the first live 800 series ever televised. He won the 1955 Masters and earned a runner-up finish in the 1968 Masters. Fazio competed in 43 ABC tournaments, as well as the 1958 Team and Team All Events titles with the Falstaffs. A Bowling Magazine 1st Team All-America in 1958, Fazio was named to the second and third teams on four different occasions and earned a spot of the post-1950 All-Time second team. He was also a charter member of the PBA in 1958 and President of the PBA during the 1973-74 season, winning two titles on the tour, including the 1965 Northern California Open at age 56.
Fazio was elected to the American Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in 1963, the Professional Bowling Hall of Fame in 1976, and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. He died on February 15, 1993.