Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame held a press conference Thursday to introduce its 2013 inductees, and a Tonawanda native was among them.
Art Jeziorski, the 2001 Tonawanda Bowling Association Bowler of the Year, will be inducted as part of a class of 13 Western New Yorkers during a dinner later this year at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency.
Jeziorski’s bowling success spanned five decades from the 1960s to the early 2000s.
His rise to prominence began in the 60s when he helped claim three straight New York State team titles. His first came in 1965 with Buffalo Savings Bank, followed by back-to-back titles in 1966 and 67 as part of the Simon Pure team.
In 1967, Jeziorski bowled for 10 straight weeks on the local television show “Beat the Champ,” along with five straight weeks on the “Utica Club Show.” To close out the decade, he won the Buffalo Area Bowling Council Kick-Off Bowling Tournament in 1969.
The 70’s were Jeziorski’s most active and dominant decade, and in 1978 he held a Buffalo record for highest average ever in the summer singles league at Thruway Lanes. He also finished in the money three times at PBA tournaments.
In 1982, he was inducted into the Buffalo Bowling Association Hall of Fame, and 19 years later, he posted the highest average (231) of any senior bowler in the world and was named the Tonawanda Bowling Association Bowler of the Year.
Also being inducted are Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Phil McConkey, 17-year NHL vet Todd Marchant, Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr, women's sports pioneer Pam Amabile, tennis instructor General Bass, former Albion football coach Dick Diminuco, Olympic silver medalist Ed Don George, Buffalo State coaching legend Fred Hartrick, Olympic basketball instructor Herbert Mols, Buffalo News reporter Milt Northrup, handball player Walter Plekan and MLB catcher Frankie Pytlak.
Five of the members, including Bass and George, will be inducted posthumously.
The GBSHOF will announce the date of the induction ceremony later this year.