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Marion Ladewig

Honors In Retirement

Honors continued to mount for Ladewig. In 1973 she was voted the Greatest Woman Bowler of All Time by the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA). She was named to the Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984. Her Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour (LPBT) trading card was issued in 1991. She was inducted into the International Bowling Museum Hall of Fame in 1991 and became one of ten charter members of the Women's Professional Bowling Hall of Fame in 1995. Ladewig was the only bowler named to the Sports Illustrated top 100 sports women of the century.

Marion Ladewig loved the game and continued to bowl after her professional career ended. She served on Brunswick Corporation's Advisory Staff of Champions and wrote syndicated columns offering bowling tips. At age 81 she carried a respectable 160 average but complained, "Sometimes I get tired." In the summer of 1999, at age 85, she rolled her last balls on her familiar home alley. "The Fan" closed its doors in 2000.

Related Biography: Bowler Sylvia Wene Martin

Sylvia Wene Martin was the first woman to roll three perfect 300 games in sanctioned competition. She marked her first perfect game in 1951 and repeated the feat in 1959 in the World Invitational Match Game Tournament. This was also the first perfect game by a woman in match play. Her third perfect score came in the 1960 qualifying rounds of the BPAA All-Star Tournament. She won the All-Star in both 1955 and 1960.

Born in 1928, Martin called Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. In addition to three perfect scores, she held records for all-time high league average of 206 and for fourteen career three-game 700 series, the most for a woman bowler.

Martin was named Woman Bowler of the Year in 1955 and 1960 by the Bowling Writers Association of America. She was elected to the WIBC Hall of Fame in 1966 and to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Marion Ladewig was voted Woman Bowler of the Year nine times by the Bowling Writers Association of American, more than any other person, male or female. The Detroit News sportswriter Jo Falls compared her to baseball legend, Babe Ruth, and hockey stand-out, Gordie Howe. Her media accolades drew unprecedented national attention to the sport of women's bowling. The five time World Invitational title holder and eight time All-Star champion left her mark on the sport and truly earned the title "Queen of Bowling."

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