Syracuse’s rich bowling tradition has been bolstered by the accomplishments of Anthony “Nini” Sgroi. His quiet and modest demeanor cannot understate what impact he has had on the bowling community.
In his prime from 1963-1972, Nini registered a 10-year cumulative bowling average of more than 200 - an incredible feat given the non-scoring conditions during that era. He made local bowling history during the 1960's by winning back to back Herald Masters Tournaments in 1965 and 1966. Between 1964 and 1970 his average was 203, and he held the record for most consecutive match play wins (17) until 2009. That record stood until last year when Don Brush toppled it.
Nini was a favorite winner on local televised bowling - Syracuse Bowls - appearing 22 times. He could hold his own against touring professionals. In 1965 he defeated pro bowler Bob Strampe in an exhibition at the famous Eastwood Sports Center. Sgroi rolled a 792 series to Strampe’s 701, including a final perfect 300 game.
During the 1968 Syracuse Bowling Association championship tournament, Nini became the only person in SBA history to win the championship in all four events in the same year. In 1992, Sgroi was elected to the Syracuse Bowling Association Hall of Fame