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Richard Anthony Weber also known as Dick Weber was born on December 23 1929 in Indianapolis Indiana Webers passion for bowling began while he was still a young boy After graduating high schoolWeber became a postal clerk he continued to bowl as often as he could In 1948 he entered first bowling tournament titled American Bowling Congress ABC Weber was 19 years old Years later in an interview for the St LouisPost Dispatch Weber states The ABC I remember the most is my first one in Detroit in 1948 I had never been there before and walking out to the lanes was a thrillDick Weber St Louis Post Dispatch In the mid 1950s Weber received an offer to join the Budweiser Bowling Team of St Louis He saw this as a great opportunity and quickly left his postal job hometown behind In 1958 Weber along with other leading bowlers played a key role in bringing professional bowling into the spotlight During an interview with Eddie Elias the members of the Budweiser team were asked how much they were paid Their response to this question is what planted the seed that grew into the Professional Bowling Association PBA In 1959 at the age of 30 Weber won 2 of the three tournaments of the inaugural PBA tour and went on to take the victory in eight of the first twenty-one tournaments of the PBA With this and the help of televised coverage of pro bowling Weber quickly gained fame The Bowling Writers Association of America named him bowler of the year in 1961 1963 and 1965 Dominating the first half of the 1960s Weber proved to be amongst the best bowlers of his era In 1970 the American Bowling Congress recognized Webers brilliance in the sport and that same year inducted him into its Hall of Fame Webber was very
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