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The 11th Frame: The most amazing thing about Syl Thiel’s record-tying 71 years of Open Championships competition

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2016 4:00 am

Syl Thiel during the ceremony recognizing his 71st year of USBC Open Championships competition. Photo by United States Bowling Congress.
Note: I am adding to the story I wrote last year after Sylvester Thiel competed in his 70th USBC Open Championships. On Wednesday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, the 93-year-old Thiel tied USBC Hall of Famers Bill Doehrman and Joe Norris for the all-time participation record of 71 years of Open Championships (long the American Bowling Congress Tournament), USBC reported in this news release. Doehrman competed in 71 consecutive tournaments from 1908 until 1981, while Norris...

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