Dick Weber, who made a name for himself while helping to make bowling a hit on national television, died Sunday night at his home in Florissant, Mo. He was Paramedics were called but were unable to revive him.
Pete Weber says it happens more and more lately. He will catch himself between frames, arms crossed, rocking back and forth from heel to toe, standing just like he stood, looking just like he looked. If all of bowling misses Dick Weber, the all-time great who died in February at 75, those closest to him ache.
As most of you know, I grew up following in my legendary Father's footsteps and shadow; and I wouldn't have it any other way. Bowling was always our choice and never forced upon us as children. Actually, all sports had my interest and while I was growing up, baseball held my interest as much as bowling did.
Hometown: St. If you ever plan to attend a PBA Tour event, and tell your friends you're going, chances are someone will ask, "Is Pete Weber going to be there? Even people who never watch bowling know PDW. We can credit his charisma, personality and intensity for this.
Along with Don CarterWeber is widely regarded as professional bowling's first superstar. Weber made his first bowling headlines during the early s, while working as a mailman in his native Indianapolis. In he moved to Florissant, Missouri to join the bowling team named the Budweisers after the popular American beer brand.
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Dick Weber, perhaps the greatest bowler ever and for more than a half-century an international ambassador for the sport, died Monday at his home in Florissant, Mo. He was Weber's wife, Juanita, said he had experienced breathing problems and could not be revived by paramedics.
His gentlemanly manner and extraordinary skill made him a crowd favorite. Weber was also known as a tireless ambassador of his sport, and rarely passed up an opportunity to promote the sport. He usually hurled bowling balls into strange items requested by viewers. A lane was set up outside the studio and Weber would bowl into things such as TV sets or eggs.
Weber got his start in the sport at an after-school job in a bowling alley, where the proprietor allowed him and other pinsetters to bowl without charge during off-hours. It was the beginning of one of the most successful bowling careers in history. After years of bowling for small sums in after-midnight matches, while holding jobs ranging from street photographer to postal clerk, Weber was invited in to join one of the first professional bowling teams in the United States, the Budweisers, located in St.