John O. Martino

Inducted in 1991

  • 1897: Born in Tiano, Italy
  • 1900: Martino family travels to America, settles in Syracuse.
  • 1915: Valedictorian of Christian Brothers Academy
  • 1927: American Bowling Congress - Individually finished fifth in the Kansas City National
  • 1927: Won Syracuse city-wide crown.
  • 1929: Captain of five man Syracuse team to the International Bowling Tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, All-events gold medalist
  • 1930’s Started work at Post Standard Newspaper in the credit department. Began "Headpins Splinters" bowling column
  • 1934: One of the founders and first president of the Bowling Writers Association of America
  • 1935, 1958, 1973: Responsible for attracting three ABC Tournaments and Conventions to Syracuse
  • 1936: Won State Doubles with Bill Shaul
  • 1938: Won City Singles, Doubles, Team Championship
  • 1940: Elected Vice President of ABC; helped raise over $250,000 for charity through bowling events
  • 1954: Elected to the first class of Syracuse’s Bowling Hall of Fame.
  • 1962: Retired from the Syracuse Post-Standard
  • 1967: Awarded Sports Magazine’s Service Award for directing the Solvay- Geddes Youth Center program
  • 1969: First Central New York elected into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame
  • 1976: Bowling Writers Association of America presented first annual John O. Martino Award.
  • 1976: Presented the Special Community Service Award of Post 9893 Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • 1984: Named Boys and Girls Towns of Italy Man of the year
  • 1985 : Died, buried in Assumption Cemetery, Syracuse