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Catalog Number 2009.030.082
Description Wood and acrylic plaque commemorating Bill Hardwick of Hillsdale High School. who was inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame on May 16, 1990. Plaque includes image of Hardwick and a brief biography: "Bill Hardwick skipped the chance to be the sixth man on Hillsdale High School's basketball team in 1957 and took a job at Bel-Mateo Bowl instead. It proved to be a career choice for the man who was to be named one of the Bowlers of the Decade of the '60s. His first big tournament was San Francisco's Fourth of July Classic in 1960. After a disasterous 138 in the first game, he went on to win the tournament with an eight-game total of 1,644 pins. After testing the professional waters with the National Bowling League team, the Fresno Bombers, he went out on the neophyte Professional Bowlers Association tour in 1962 and came in dead last. But he turned his game around in dynamic fashion in 1963 when he was Bowler of the Year and leading money winner (over $33,000). Hardwick went on to become the first bowler ever to win PBA's Triple Crown (Firestone Open, U.S. Open and the PBA national championship) as the cornerstone of a 30-year career in the sport."
Object Name Plaque, Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Bill Hardwick Sports Hall of Fame Plaque
Date May 16, 1990
Inscription Text "*All our products are / custom manufactured of the / highest quality materials / Alpine / Awards / Inc. / Foster City..." (black green and gold square sticker, back top center, attatched diagonally)
Provenance Plaque and induction was sponsored by The Times of San Mateo.
Dimensions H-12 W-9 D-1 inches
Search Terms Sports
San Mateo
Hillsdale High School
Hardwick, Bill
Subjects Sports
Bowling alleys
People Hardwick, Bill