PBA Champ and Endicott Native Gus Lampo

Next month, 12 local sports legends and a local sports team will enter the Great Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame, among those to be dedicated, is a native of Endicott and one of the greatest bowlers in our history, Gus Lampo.

A few weeks ago, I attended a press conference at the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame in the Oakdale Mall.

I hadn’t looked at all the inductees who will be honored next month, but one of the committee members said “oh look, this is Gus Lampo” to which I immediately drew my attention to this man coming towards me, this would be the second time I have met the PBA champion, so first a quick look back at the first time I met Mr Lampo.

When I was a young boy my dad introduced us to bowling, he was a Sunday dad and that was something we could do together during our time with him.

I quickly became a fan of the game and played in a children’s league on Saturday mornings at Laurel Bowling Alley.

I started watching professional bowling on TV and was amazed how easily these guys could get strikes and pick up spares like nothing had happened.

Gus Lampo was one of the bowlers we watched on national TV, and one morning during our championship on Saturday, someone pointed out a man in the food court sitting at a table, it’s Gus Lampo someone said.

I had enough courage and grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and walked over to him, “Mr. Lampo, may I have your autograph” my words creaked.

He gave me his autograph and I left and couldn’t wait to show it to my dad.

I had the opportunity to speak with Gus Lampo a few weeks ago at the press conference and was delighted to spend a minute with him.

During our conversation, I asked him what he thought about the way the game of bowling has changed, and he said very calmly and casually “everything changes”

Here is a man who has played 34 perfect matches in competition, and I’m sure many more outside the league

He was the third PBA silver winner in 1972, Gus Lampo won 4 PBA titles and is a member of the Bowling Hall of Fame.

September 27e Gus Lampo will be inducted into the Grand Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.

READ MORE: Meet the 2020 Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame Class

Coming from a time when if you played near a 200 average you were considered a pro.

Now one day with the lanes set up for more points many bowlers average around that or more.

Gus was an elite bowler when bowling wasn’t so easy, and he did it with skill and dedication.

We are honored and proud to have Gus Lampo in the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame.

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