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BAPTISM BY FIRE: Before making his debut on the PBA50 Tour, Burkett first tried his hand in the PBA Tour’s signature event, the World Series of Bowling, in 2014.


WHEN BOWLING MEETS BASEBALL


JOHN BURKETT’S PBA50 TOUR DEBUT ATTRACTS THE NOTICE OF MLB NETWORK


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professional bowling is afforded the kind of prominence it once enjoyed in the days of Don Carter and Billy Welu. Back then, newspapers hired writers and editors just to cover bowling, and pro bowlers themselves


made as much money as Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle. John Burkett, a starting


pitcher in the major leagues for 15 years who made the All- Star Team in 1993 and 2001, is helping bowling harken back to those days. His recent debut


on the PBA50 Tour, where he advanced to match play in his second PBA50 event at the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages, made news not just in the bowling world but also in the world of “mainstream sports” on the MLB Network.


Heidi Watney, Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, co-hosts of MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, seamlessly work some pro bowling discussion into their banter about the likes of pitching legend David Cone, New York Mets catcher Anthony Recker, Floyd Mayweather and, yes, John Burkett. Watney says, “After 15 years


of striking out big-league hitters, John Burkett has been throwing strikes of a different kind … competing occasionally in Professional Bowling [sic] Association matches.” Watch as the boys then take it from there, with Millar boasting of some bowling prowess of his own.


If you missed our pod- cast with John Burkett in the July 2014 issue of Bowlers Journal Inter- active, now is your time to catch up on a great conversation. Burkett talks about what it was like to pitch on one of baseball’s grandest stages — Yankee Stadi- um in the postseason — reminisces about his days with teams such as the San Francisco Giants, the Texas Rangers, and the Boston Red Sox, and talks about how much work he then was put- ting into his preparation to bowl the PBA50 Tour when he became eligible that November.


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