One of the most successful and popular competitors in the Professional Bowlers Association, as well as one of the sport’s top ambassadors.
Johnny Petraglia was born March 3, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. He won his first Professional Bowlers Association title at 19 and, after serving a tour of duty in the military, came back to capture the 1971 Firestone Tournament of Champions.
Petraglia later added 1977 U.S. Open and 1980 PBA National Championship, becoming only the second bowler to claim the sport’s Triple Crown.
Petraglia won 14 titles on the PBA’s regular tour and has continued his winning ways on the PBA senior tour with eight titles.
Though still active, he already has been inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1982 and the USBC Hall of Fame in 2009.
The PBA honored Petraglia by making him the namesake for one of its tour events, the Johnny Petraglia Open, held in his home state of New Jersey.
Petraglia also competed in 23 American Bowling Congress tournaments, capturing the 1970 and 1972 Classic Team titles.
He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.