Mort Luby

Year Inducted: 2005

Category: Meritorious Service

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Mort Luby, who was the head of Bowlers Journal for 38 years, has been elected to the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Fame in the Meritorious Service Category.

Luby’s grandfather created Bowlers Journal in 1913, making it the first monthly sports magazine in the United States. His father carried on the tradition of giving bowling fans an outlet to read about the sport they loved and when Luby graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Journalism, he joined the staff.

Luby took the reigns of Bowlers Journal in 1956 after his father passed away, and kept the magazine running strong until he sold the publication to Bowlers Journal employees Mike Panozzo and Keith Hamilton in 1994.

Besides his efforts at Bowlers Journal, Luby spent 45 years covering bowling for the Associated Press, with his work being picked up by the UPI and hundreds of newspapers around the country. In addition to covering events across the United States, he provided coverage of numerous international events spanning approximately 50 countries.

Special events Luby covered as a member of the media included the BPAA All-Star, FIQ World and FIQ Zone events, the ABC Championships, the PBA Tournament of Champions and the World Cup.
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