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Blind bowler rolls perfect game in Iowa

May 9th, 2008 Posted in Mind Boggling Trivia


A perfect game in bowling is rare enough. Turning the trick without even seeing the pins? That’s a new one.

“It was quite a thrill,” Davis told the Storm Lake Times in Storm Lake, Iowa. “When I got to the tenth frame, I said ‘Lord, let me throw three more good balls.’ When I did, people on other teams were yelling and cheering. A few guys were hugging me and almost broke my skinny bones.”

The report said Davis, a Navy veteran, got his start in bowling as a pin-setter during his teenage years, making 45 cents a night at a local alley. He went on to succeed in leagues and tournaments, including winning a $2,500 top prize in a California event shortly after his days in the service.

Davis was living in California in 1996 when he lost sight in his left eye, the report said, and the right eye followed a year later. He then decided to move back to Iowa, where he was raised, where his sister still lives.

With the help of his sister, Davis soon regained his bowling form and achieved an average of 188, according to the report.

“I can’t see the lane or the pins and have a heck of a time finding my ball sometimes,” Davis, who still has a small spot of peripheral vision remaining, told the paper. “I can kinda see the dots on the floor to know where I start. After that, I rely on my hearing and other people to tell me what’s going on.”

Nicknamed “The Hammer” for the surprising force of his shots, Davis relies more on his hearing than his vision to assess the quality of each roll.

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