Lou Campi

Known as “Wrongfoot Louie”, he bowled over as many fans as pins with his style and accomplishments.

Born March 23, 1905, in Verona, Italy, Campi’s success as a professional bowler was foreshadowed in his childhood bocce matches. It was during his formative years that he developed the unorthodox finish – ending his slide at the foul line on his right foot – that earned him the nickname “Wrongfoot Louie”.

In 1947 and 1948, Campi won the BPAA Doubles with partner Andy Varipapa. He took the title again in 1957 with Al (Linday) Faragelli. Campi and Faragelli were also the stars of the highest scoring team in the east in the 1950s and 1960s, the fabled Faber Cement Block.

Campi averaged 202 for 715 games in the All Star Tournament, including a perfect game in the 1955 finals. In 1959, he won the Empire Open – the first PBA tournament – in Albany, New York. In all, he rolled six perfect games in sanctioned competition and competed in 24 American Bowling Congress Tournaments, averaging 193 over 216 games. He finished in the top ten on five different occasions and rolled three games series over 800.

Campi died on August 31, 1989, and was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.