Matt Fiorito

Year Inducted: 2005

Category: Meritorious Service

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Matt Fioritio, who passed away in 2010, covered the sport of bowling since 1963, was elected to the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Fame in the Meritorious Service Category in 2005.

Fiorito’s ties with bowling began as a youngster when he was a five-pin pinsetter in Canada for his father’s weekly league. At age 12, he worked at Northern Ontario’s first 10-pin bowling center, Matt’s Lanes, as a pin boy with his cousins.

His professional writing career began in 1957 when he took time off from his job as a forest ranger with the Ontario Forestry Department to write for the Sault Saint Marie Star. After gaining newspaper writing experience in Canadian cities such as Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Saskatoon, Fiorito moved on to the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1968. A year later, he covered his first PBA event, the 1969 Miller High Life Open in Milwaukee, Wisc., won by future Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick.

Fiorito began working for the Milwaukee Journal in 1971 before moving on to the Waukegan News Sun in 1978 and the Detroit Free Press, whom he still writes for, in 1985.

A decorated bowling journalist, Fiorito belonged to five Halls of Fame including the Greater Detroit Bowling Hall of Fame, the Michigan High School Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame and the Michigan Majors Hall of Fame. In 2005, Fiorito has been inducted into the Bowling Writers Hall of Fame as well as the PBA Hall of Fame.
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