Showman and strong bowler, top ranked in all-time PBA performances, professional bowling great Carmen Salvino was born November 23, 1933. His bowling career spanned five decades, earning Salvino his top ranking in PBA tournament appearances.
Salvino bowled his way into the public eye by taking the 1953 BPAA National Doubles title with partner Joe Wilman. The following year, he played a key role in securing the ABC Team and Team All Events titles for Tri-Par Radio.
By all accounts, Salvino was a dazzling showman. He was a charter member of the PBA and took the organization’s National Championship in 1962, one of 17 PBA titles he gathered over the course of his career.
He worked his way out of a brief career slump in 1972, thanks to the “Equation,” a new bowling ball he helped devise. That year, Salvino and Barry Asher took the 1972 Classic Doubles crown. Salvino continued to work on new bowling balls throughout his career.
In total, he won three ABC titles over 20 tournaments. Salvino also placed in the top five on seven occasions and maintained a 200 average in ABC competition with three series over 1,900. He also rolled 1,096 games in All Star competition.
Salvino won the 1984 Senior PBA Tour and 1988 Senior/Touring Pro Title, along with Randy Peterson. He also served as PBA president during the 1985-86 season.
Salvino was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.