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This Day in Black History: Nov. 22, 1986

This Day in Black History: Nov. 22, 1986

Bowler George Branham III becomes first African-American to win a Professional Bowlers Association championship on Nov. 22, 1986.

Published November 22, 2012

On Nov. 22, 1968, bowler George Branham III beat Mark Roth 195-191 to win the $200,000 prize and Brunswick Memorial World Open championship in Glendale Heights, Illinois. Branham became the first African-American to win a Professional Bowlers Association title.

Born in Detroit, Branham learned to bowl when he was six-years old. He went on to win the AC/Delco Classic in 1987 and the Professional Bowlers Association Tournaments and Firestone Tournament of Champions, both in 1993. He retired at the end of the 2003 season.



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Written by Britt Middleton

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