October 25, 1939 -- The name Allie Brandt is magical in local bowling circles. His performance on this day is a reason why.
Brandt was a man who was small in stature, checking in at 5-foot-1 and 122 pounds after lunch. He headed to Allen's Alleys on Pine Street in Lockport, not knowing that he was about to make history.
Brandt threw a 297 in his first game of the night, followed by a 289. He capped the series with a perfect 300. That added up to 886 pins, which set the record for an American Bowling Congress-sanctioned series.
What's more, the record stood for close to 50 years. There have been perfect 900 series bowled since then, but it could be argued that conditions have tilted in favor of the bowler so much since then that Brandt's effort was the greatest in history.
He became a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association in 1958. Brandt was named to the ABC Hall of Fame in 1960, and was president of that organization in the 1970's. Brandt is a member of the Buffalo and Lockport Bowling Association's Halls of Fame, and of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He died in 1982.
--- Budd Bailey