Robert “Robbie” Robinson

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Considered by many to be Delaware’s best-ever male bowler; Robbie took up the sport after a knee injury killed his dream of continuing in professional baseball ( he played with the Phillies’
Georgia League Class “D” farm team). In his second year, Robbie knocked down 1185 pins in four games to win the 20th Century Classic Handicap tournament in Philadelphia, bringing home a $1,200 prize.
 He was named the state’s “Bowler of the Year” by the Bowling Proprietors ‘ Association in 1960 and by the News-Journal 1960-61. In 1964 he turned professional and his WILM team set a three-game
record of 3,278 pins with Robinson accounting for 752. He represented Delaware in Kansas City, finishing fourth, the best performance by a First State bowler in All-Star history. He finished third
 in the ABC national tournament in Texas, and placed 14th in the Invitational in Chicago. With Rita Justice, Robbie won four state All-Star titles. In 1964 he came out of the losers’ bracket,
rolled 44 games, averaging 220 per game to finish third in the Masters in Chicago. He had four perfect (300) games in open competition. Robinson was inducted into the Delaware Bowling Hall of Fame in
its charter year.



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