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Steve Schweitz

Pioneers of Yesterday

Steve began his career in the late 1930's while still in high school. He captured the Class "C" Singles title of the St. Paul Association Tourney in 1935-36 with a 680 total. In 1948 his VFW Post 1635 (Payne Avenue) won the National VFW in Pueblo, Colorado. Included on the team were Marv Wolf, Rod Johnson, Floyd Johnson, Frank Koppy and Steve.
He was a member of the Howard's Clothes team claiming both scratch and handicap titles in the 1951-52 Men's City Tourney. He led the team with a 728 series. Howie Pousette and Igs Steinhibel had 682 each. Other members included Al Hille and Clair Loretz. That same year Steve won an automobile in a tournament in South Dakota. In the spring of 1952 he and Hall member Fran Morrisette finished 6th in the National All Star doubles tourney in Buffalo, New York out of 64 tandems. They won $3,300. That same spring Steve and Fran defeated two other future Hall of Famers, Ed Mady and Rags Ragogna in a 10-block match at 10 different bowling establishments. The matches were for charity and part of a "Doubles Challenge" match among the city's top bowlers.
In 1955 Steve was a member of the Men's winning state scratch Hilex Bleach quintet of St. Paul. Other members included Floyd (Shorty) Stringer, Howie Pousette, Igs Steinhibel and Al Hille. In 1984 Steve was inducted into the Hamline University athletic Hall of Fame for track and swimming. Steve gave up active competitive bowling in the late 1950's due to back problems.

Last Updated : Jan-01-2013