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WEBER, Merlyn "Spike"

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WEBER, Merlyn "Spike." (Dubuque, IA, May 26, 1921--Dubuque, IA, Nov. 17, 1979). Weber, the 1980 president of the DUBUQUE SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME, also served as president of the Dubuque Bowling Association and Dubuque Tavern Keepers' Association. For thirty-one years an annual participant in national tournaments, Weber held charter membership in the Dubuque 700 Bowling Club of America.

Weber became active in bowling in 1938 as a participant and sponsor. He served as the president of the Dubuque Bowling Association from 1955-1956), served on the Association's executive committee for six years and was an officer in various city leagues for many years.

His bowling honors include the 1951 Iowa State Doubles Championship when he was teamed with Joe Helling, charter membership in the Dubuque 700 Club with four sanctioned 700 counts, and the Martin Unmacht Award in the 1959 city tournament. He participated in the city tournament for 26 years, state tournament for 25 years, ABC tournament for 24 years, and the Petersen Classic in Chicago for 20 years. He was also entered into the DUBUQUE BOWLING ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME. His lifetime average was 185.

Equally known as a sponsor as the owner of the KING OF CLUBS, Weber sponsored more than 200 teams in Dubuque leagues and city tournaments, sent 28 teams to the ABC national tournament 45 teams to the Iowa State Tournament and sponsored as many as 10 teams in a single season. He originated the sponsored the King of Clubs mixed doubles tournament which was held annually for nineteen years.

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Lagerstrom, Hal, "Spike Weber Joins DBA Hall of Fame," Telegraph-Herald, March 7, 1971, p. 12