|Birth Day:||November 23, 1933|
|Birth Place:||Chicago, United States|
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A notable early title he won was the 1962 PBA National Championship.
Carmen Salvino was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 23, 1933 and lived on the city's west side until the age of 5. In order to make a better living during the Great Depression, Salvino's father moved the entire family to Florida where he worked as a vegetable farmer in a job created by President Roosevelt's New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) program. During his childhood years, Salvino learned his strong work ethic from helping his father manually plow vegetable fields for long, strenuous work days. Despite the hard work, his family was still very poor. For an entire year, he didn't own a pair of shoes, and for two straight years, he owned only one pair of overalls.
After living in Florida for 5 years, the family moved back to Chicago's west side and the young Salvino found work shining shoes on Madison Street. In 1945, at the age of 11, Salvino was introduced to bowling when he was walking down a street in his west-side neighborhood and noticed a bowling pin laying on the ground outside the Amalgamated Center located at 333 S. Ashland. The building was home to Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America labor union and it housed a private 6-lane bowling alley reserved for workers in the garment industry. Peaking his interest, Salvino walked inside the building and talked to a man who oversaw the bowling lanes. In a stroke of luck, he offered the young Salvino a job making three dollars a night as a pin-boy. He then began to practice. The first ball Salvino ever threw was a strike, and it was there, at the Amalgamated Center, that a legend was born.
In 1954, Salvino won his first ABC (American Bowling Congress) title; a team event with the renowned squad Tri-Par Radio. Soon after the win, Salvino became a household name when he regularly appeared on televised bowling events, most notably the show "Bowling Stars". It was on Bowling Stars that he scored 846, which at the time was the highest three-game series ever broadcast on television.
Carmen Salvino, along with 32 others, was a founding member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). However, before the PBA's founding in 1958, Salvino began his professional bowling career when in 1953 he won the National Match Game Doubles with his partner Joe Wilman. According to Salvino, “The National Doubles title really kicked off my career nationally, by the time I was 21, I had won the Chicago Match Game tournament, had an ABC Tournament team title and was Chicago Bowler of the Year, so I was getting a reputation as a pretty good bowler by that time.”
In the 1960s, Salvino's career took off. He won 10 PBA titles in that decade, with the first coming in the 1961 Empire State Open in Albany, N.Y. His first and only major came in the 1962 PBA National Championship.
Salvino was ranked #17 on the PBA's 2008 list of "50 Greatest Players of the last 50 years." The 1999 Bowlers Journal ranking of 20th Century bowlers rated him #34.
As of 2015, Salvino, along his wife of 60 years, has resided in Schaumburg, IL (USA) for the past 20 years and has remained active in various capacities in the PBA. In a 2013 interview, Salvino stated he has rolled 105 perfect 300 games and practices up to 20 games a session. He credits his in-depth study of physics, good health, and longevity as the primary reasons for his success in the sport.
Carmen Salvino is known for his trademark showmanship and colorful behavior on and off the lanes. In 2019, he both bowled in and provided live commentary on the PBA Tournament of Champions.
Carmen was born in Chicago, Illinois.
Currently, Carmen Salvino is 87 years, 8 months and 4 days old. Carmen Salvino will celebrate 88th birthday on a Tuesday 23rd of November 2021. Below we countdown to Carmen Salvino upcoming birthday.