Don Gates

Inducted in 2002

 Born: October 1, 1938

Resides: The Villages, Florida

For the first time, the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame now has a husband and wife team as inductees. Don Gates joins his wife Frieda who was inducted in 2001. Another of Syracuse's long list of outstanding bowlers. Don began bowling when he was a pinboy at recreation lanes. During the 1954-55 season, Don's team won the pinboy league and captured the all event handicap title at Jefferson Lanes. His Syracuse city success began in earnest in 1963 when he won the city tournament double title with Paul Stein. Over the years he won television's Syracuse Bowls King of the Hill honors numerous times and the Van Wie double title twice. He captured the Herald Masters Title in 1971 and again in 1979. In 1974 and 1982 he won the city tournament all-events title and was part of the New York State Championship team in 1980. He individually won two New York State Championships. In Empire State Games competition in 1986, 88 and 89 he won gold medals in all five events - the only bowler to ever accomplish the feat. A tireless booster of the sport, Don and Frieda also set another record in 2000, as they combined for a mixed double score of 1605 in Ocala, Florida, the highest score in the nation for the past ten years. That total still stands as the second highest score ever in the USA. Don's three game total was 845 and Frieda bowled a 760. Don has been inducted into the Syracuse Bowling Hall of Fame and the New York State Bowling Hall of Fame. He has bowled 20 perfect games and has a lifetime average of more than 200. Don also served on the Board of Directors of the Bowling Writers Association.

In 1999 Don received the MORT LUBY SR. Hall of Fame award from the Bowling Writers Association of America.