Bowler Marty Piraino dies at 88 in upstate NY
SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Marty Piraino (PIHR'-ay-noh), who won four tournaments on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour when the sport was just gaining a foothold on television, has died. He was 88.
The Farone and Son Funeral Home says he died Tuesday in Syracuse, N.Y., after a brief illness.
Piraino's family owned a bowling alley in the city, and he was a pioneer of sorts, running distance and advocating roadwork for bowlers in the 1950s. He was also a tireless promoter of the sport, stopping by local alleys and watching high school teams practice to offer advice.
The 5-foot-6 left-hander turned pro in 1960 and earned more than $93,000 in his pro career. He captured his first PBA title in 1962, beating Dick Weber and Billy Hardwick to take the Civic Open in Ohio.