Hank Marino

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Enrico Salvano "Hank" Marino (November 27, 1889 - July 12, 1976) was one of the world's top bowling champions of the 1930s, with a career lasted half a century.

Born in Palermo, Sicily, Marino came to Chicago when he was 11 years old. He started bowling in 1912 while working as a barber. Within four years he had won his first bowling championship, the 1916 American Bowling Congress Doubles.

In 1930 Marino moved to Milwaukee to open a bowling alley, but joined the Heil Products team and soon became a global star on the bowling circuit[citation needed]. In 1934 Marino won the national match-game singles title, holding it four years before retiring undefeated in 1938. Meanwhile, in 1936, he took the All Events Title at the International Bowling Tournament in Berlin, Germany.

Marino was elected a charter member of the bowling Hall of the Fame in 1941, polling the largest number of votes. In 1951 a national newspaper poll named him Bowler of the Half-Century. The 1999 Bowlers Journal ranking of 20th Century bowlers rated him #4.

Marino rolled five 800 series and bowled eleven 300 games. In 1971, he received the Flowers for the Living award and was inducted into the Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame in 1992.

Hank Marino was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.