Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hall of Fame Bowler Nelson Burton Dies at 87

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hall of Fame Bowler Nelson Burton Dies at 87

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Nelson Burton, the first St. Louisan to be inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, died Saturday (May 14, 1994). Mr. Burton, who was 87, had entered St. Luke's Hospital on Thursday after contracting pneumonia.

Mr. Burton, who was born in New York City and grew up in Dallas, moved to St. Louis in 1938 to open Del Monte Lanes near the intersection of Delmar Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue. He closed that establishment in 1958 when he built Nelson Burton's Olivette Lanes (now Olivette Lanes). He also owned Bowl Inn in East Alton in the 1940s.

He was inducted into the ABC Hall of Fame in 1964, a year after he was voted into the Greater St. Louis Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

He won his only ABC Tournament championship in 1937, when he and Virgil Gibbs of Kansas City won the doubles title. Mr. Burton had a 694 series in their 1,359 total.

In 29 ABC tournaments, his average was 196. He was second in singles in 1942 with a 746 series. In all events, he finished fourth in 1941, sixth in 1937 and 10th in 1956. …

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