Mark Roth, the pro bowling champion of the 1970s and 1980s, has been named one of the sport’s greatest names, according to reports. He was 70 years old.
In addition to 34 titles on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour, including eight in 1978, Roth was the first pro bowler to break a 7-10 split on live national TV broadcasts. The United States Bowling Congress website reports.
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Roth’s death was confirmed Friday by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, who received news from Roth’s wife, Denise, that the Staten Island Advancement newspaper in New York City reported.
Just days ago, Denise Roth posted a Facebook message asking fans to pray for her ailing husband.
Denise Roth wrote that Roth suffered from heart attacks and pneumonia and had diabetes. He had suffered at least two heart attacks in 2009 and 2019.
His total of 34 tournament victories ranks sixth all-time, just behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47); Earl Anthony (43); Duke of Norm (40); Pete Weber (37); And Parkbone III (35), Advance reported.
Roth was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1987 and the US Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 2009, PBA wrote on its website.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Roth lived in Staten Island for many years and later lived in upstate New York and New Jersey. According to the magazine.