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Name: Dick Weber                                                                       
Born: 23 December 1929                                                                 
Died: 13 February 2005                                                                 
Dick Weber (December 23, 1929 - February 13, 2005) was a famous bowling                 
professional and a founding member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA).       
Weber was known not only as a bowling superstar, but was also a bowling pioneer         
and one of the sport's most popular players.                                           
Weber moved to Florissant, Missouri, in 1955 to form a soon-to-be legendary             
bowling team called the Budweisers (after the popular American beer brand).             
Members of the Budweisers included Ray Bluth, Don Carter, Tom Hennessey and Pat         
Weber became a founding member of the Professional Bowlers Association, which he       
subsequently dominated. In 1959, Weber won his first PBA title. He won ten of           
the first 22 PBA tournaments held and during his career went on to win 26 PBA           
Tour events, six PBA Senior Tour events (amassing a total of 32 PBA titles in           
both major categories), and was national bowler of the year three times (in 1961,       
1963 and 1965). His 26 regular tour wins place him in a eighth-place tie with           
Don Johnson on the all-time PBA wins list. In 1999 he became one of five people         
to knock down over 100,000 pins in the USBC tournament. In 2002, Weber also             
became the first player to win at least one PBA title in six consecutive decades.       
Weber was also known as an unofficial ambassador of his sport and rarely passed         
up an opportunity to promote the sport of bowling. One promotion had him bowling       
the highest (altitude) game ever in "Operation Astro-Bowl," which took place on         
an airplane in 1963. League bowling in the United States had its heyday in             
the 1960s and early 1970s partly due to the influence of pros like Weber and Don       
Carter, and several PBA pros like Johnny Petraglia claimed to be inspired by           
Dick Weber: "The main reason I went on Tour was Dick Weber. When I was 14 I saw         
him do an exhibition in Madison Square Garden. When I left I remember saying to         
myself: 'I want to be like Dick Weber.'"                                               
Dick Weber is a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame and           
both he and his son, Pete Weber, are members of the PBA Hall of Fame. In 1999           
Dick Weber was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.                               
Weber also produced his own training video called Let's Bowl With Dick Weber.           
Its blurb reads: "Voted 'one of the best bowlers that ever lived,' Weber has           
held the PBA presidency and 29 PBA titles in a career that spans four decades.         
Weber covers all the basics: bowling accessories, proper ball weight and fit,           
stance, follow through, delivery and release. He even gives tips for aiming and         
addresses some of the common faults of new bowlers. This unique, in-depth video         
brings the elements of high-precision sport into your living room so you can           
practice these tips at the alley and begin building your bowling skills."               
The Weber Cup, named after Dick, is a Ryder Cup-style event that pits European         
and American ten-pin bowlers against one another. It is held annually in England.       
On April 17, 2006, the inaugural Dick Weber Tribute was held in St. Louis.             
Organized by Bill McCorkle, the event attracted many of bowling's top luminaries.       
The event was attended by over 20 members of the Weber family, representing four       
generations, as well as over 50 professional bowlers, including champions and           
members of the Hall of Fame. The highlight of the evening came when Pete Weber         
delivered a moving tribute. Many in the audience had never seen this side of him       
A documentary on the life and fame of Dick Weber was released on March 23, 2007,       
by Live Technologies, Inc. and Bill McCorkle. It consists of interviews with           
many current and former professional bowlers, family, and sportscasters as well         
as footage covering Weber's 60-year history as a professional athlete.                 
Dick Weber died on February 13, 2005.