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John Koster -
Enshrined in 1976 ... born in Germany, immigrated to the U.S., settling in Brooklyn, and later a West Nyack resident ... premier bowler in Rockland County history ... the first bowler to win four American Bowling Congress (ABC) titles ... charter member of the ABC National Hall of Fame, inducted in 1941 ... career spanned from the turn of the century to 1940 ... bowled 19 perfect games, as well as an 819 three-game series ... nicknamed “Long John” Koster ... only 27 pins kept him from winning the ABC singles title in 1901 (he finished second with 621) ... following year he contributed a 639 series to the Fidelia team’s 2,792 score, which won an ABC title, and Koster captured the all-events crown with an 1,841 ... he was the first ABC bowler ever to surpass 1,800 ... finished second three times in ABC national championship tournaments ... was a member of the Rockland County Nyack Roofing Team that won the New York State championship in Syracuse in 1928 ... earned the Greater New York Individual Championship title and the Metropolitan All-Events award for averaging 202.7 for nine games ... in 1912 shot a 573 series as the Brunswicks won the ABC team title ... in 1913 he contributed a 582 score to an ABC winning 1,291 doubles total ... continued to bowl well in his later years, rolling a 751 series in the Pearl River Major League in 1937 ... died at age 74 in 1945.

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