MINNESOTA STATE HALL OF FAME

WILLIAM BADEN
(Minneapolis)

1996

Superior Performance

Bill Baden was 65 years old, married to Gerry, and had no children. He passed away on March 22, 1994, while living in Mississippi.

Bill was a retired bowling proprietor of Badenís Bowl for over 30 years. He was president of the Minneapolis Bowling Proprietors in 1959-60. He was co-founder and first president of the Central Bowlers Association in 1970. From 1961-68 he was a member of the AMF staff of champions, and he was elected to the Minneapolis Hall of Fame in 1968 and served as chairman of the Hall of Fame committee for over twenty years.

On the bowling lanes Bill was a true champion. In Minneapolis he bowled on 6 teams and 3 doubles championships, 2 singles, and 1 AE titles from 1953 to 1971. He bowled one 300 game, many 700 series, and his highest average was 213.

He attended Macalester College in St. Paul from 1949-1953 and won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Conference Championships all four years as an individual.

On the state level, Bill had 2 team championships in 1944 and 1952, won the singles title in 1961 with a 699 series and the doubles in 1965 with Clyde Hobbs.

Bill as a member of the Hammís Beer Team, won the ABC Team Championships in 1970-1972, and had bowled in 37 ABC tournaments. His 36 year average was 192.