The 2015 USBC Hall of Fame inductions presented by Haggar Clothing will take place Wednesday, April 29 at the Nebraska Ballroom at the Ramada Convention Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
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The 2015 inductees:
Liz Johnson – Superior Performance
Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, burst onto the scene with Professional Women's Bowling Association Rookie of the Year honors in 1996, the same year she won the first of her three U.S. Women's Open titles.
She then proved to be a trailblazer with success alongside the men in the Professional Bowlers Association, where she became the first woman to make a PBA telecast (2005 PBA Banquet Open) and later became the first woman to win a PBA regional title.
The 11-time Team USA member owns 16 professional titles, including five majors – the U.S. Women's Open in 1996, 2007 and 2013, Hammer Players Championship in 2001 and the USBC Queens in 2009 – along with three titles at the USBC Women's Championships and more than two dozen medals in international competition.
Larry Laub – Superior Performance
Larry Laub of Lincoln, California, was a standout on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour in the 1970s, collecting 12 titles, including the 1974 U.S. Open for his only major victory. He also owns 12 PBA regional titles, five PBA50 Tour victories and was named PBA50 Rookie of the Year in 1994.
Laub was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1985 and earned the No. 37 spot among the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History, announced in 2009.
He’s had a fifth-place finish at the USBC Masters (1995), three top-10 efforts at the USBC Senior Masters (1996, 1997 and 2003) and one top-10 performance at the USBC Open Championships (10th in Regular All-Events in 1998).
Sam Lantto – Outstanding USBC Performance
In 31 years on the USBC Open Championships lanes, Sam Lantto of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, has earned 11 top-10 finishes and been a familiar name on the event's 10-, 15-, 20-year and lifetime average lists, with a career mark of more than 216. He owns two titles – Team All-Events in 2002 and 2006.
As a member of Team USA (1993, 1994 and 2003), he collected nearly a dozen medals in international competition, including team gold at the 1993 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships and a silver medal in team at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships in 2003.
Lantto's accomplishments earned him spots in the Minneapolis Bowling (2004) and Minnesota State Bowling Association (2005) Halls of Fame.
Fritzie Rahn – Outstanding USBC Performance
The late Fritzie Rahn hailed from Chicago and was dominant on the lanes during the 1920s and 1930s.
Her time at the USBC Women's Championships included eight titles, third behind her teammate Dorothy Miller, also from Chicago (10), and Emma Jaeger of Toledo, Ohio (9).
She earned her first Women's Championships crown in the 1927 team event and added team victories in 1928, 1931, 1933, 1935 and 1940. She also claimed doubles titles in 1930 and 1934.
Rahn’s resume includes 11 city championships from 1928-1939 to go along with four state wins in the 1930s.
She earned a spot in the Illinois Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1969. She died in 1985 at the age of 89.
Gus Yannaras – Outstanding USBC Performance
Gus Yannaras of Waukesha, Wisconsin, has collected four titles in 30 appearances at the USBC Open Championships, including Regular Team and Team All-Events titles in 2009, a Team All-Events win in 2000 and a Regular Doubles crown in 1989. He has four additional top-10 finishes on bowling's biggest stage.
He and his Linds Limited teammates also excelled at the Brunswick World Team Challenge events, and his resume includes two BWTC victories and two additional top-five appearances.
Yannaras also won eight state championships and seven city titles, which helped him into the Greater Milwaukee Bowling Association (1998) and Wisconsin Bowling Association (2010) Halls of Fame.