Tribute to Connie Marchione's Election to USBC Hall of Fame By Joe Lyou



    2007BowlExpoJoeLyou.jpgI can't tell you how delighted I was when I learned that Constantino (Connie) Marchione had been elected to the USBC Hall of Fame for meritorious service. Marchione, an energetic octogenarian (he's 83), is a longtime resident of San Fernando Valley's Panorama City in California.

    The USBC press release stated that renowned coach Gordon Vadakin of Wichita, Kan., also was voted into the USBC Hall of Fame. Vadakin and Marchione will be inducted on March 30 during the 2007 USBC Convention in Nashville, Tenn., along with those yet to be named in the superior performance category via a national ballot.

    Marchione richly deserves "bowling's highest honor". In addition to being a perfect gentleman, humanitarian and all-round nice guy, Marchione has done more to promote deaf bowlers than anyone.

    He started the Pacific Coast Deaf Bowlers newsletter in 1962, was co-creator of the Deaf Bowler magazine—the official publication of the National Deaf Bowlers Assn.—and wrote a newspaper column that still appears weekly in the California Bowling News.

    Back in the '70s, Marchione became a member of the Southern California Bowling Writers Assn., and I don't recall him ever missing a meeting or the annual SoCal All-Star Awards Banquet.

    Some years later Marchione was elected to the SoCal Hall of Fame. Eventually, a new award was named in his honor, the annual Connie Marchione Deaf Bowler of the Year Award.

    In 1980, Marchione organized the SoCal Deaf Bowlers' Travel League and he has been its only secretary-treasurer. The following year, he formed the Pacific Coast Deaf Masters.

    He also has served as tournament director or advisor for such events as the Pacific Coast Deaf Singles Championships, the World DBA Championships, International Deaf Invitational Championships, PCDBA Senior Masters and the National Deaf Masters.

    In addition, Marchione created the PCDBA All-Star Team and Bowler of the Year awards. In 1986, he became the first chairman of the NDBA Hall of Fame—which he started.

    Is there any question that Connie Marchione belongs in the USBC Hall of Fame? I thought not.