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Bowling For The Mob: A True Story of Depravity and Redemption

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Published on Mar 14, 2012

"Bowling for the Mob" is the story of a man considered by many to be
the greatest bowler that ever lived, yet his life became a struggle to
conquer his inner demons. By age 12, Bob Purzycki was one of the best
bowlers in the country. He was set to compete at the World's Fair in
1964 in Queens. Two days before, a neighborhood kid hit Bob in the face
with a mallet and crushed the side of his head causing permanent loss
of vision in his left eye. Despite everyone telling him to give up, Bob
trained to bowl with one eye. By his 18th birthday, his game had
improved to a 220 average - a score that was unheard of in 1970. He
joined the Professional Bowlers Association at 19 and won Bowler of the
Year in 1973 and 1974. Then Bob got involved with the underworld as the
mob began making bets on his tournaments, which started a downhill
spiral. After getting involved with the mafia, a viscous battle with
drug abuse and doing jail time, he redeemed himself and went on to play
in the Super Bowl High Roller in Vegas. He won the grand prize beating
the best bowlers in the world and became champion at 47. An amazing
story of one man's mistakes and accomplishments, Purzycki says it best
"I was either going to kill somebody, kill myself or end up in an
insane asylum."

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