In honor of their previous season's achievements, Hammer
Tour staffers Tony Reyes and Billy Oatman were invited to represent Ebonite International
at the 6th Annual Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association's (CPBA) Bowler's
Night with the Chicago White Sox, August 11. The event, an annual summer league
season-ending celebration held at U.S. Cellular Field, hosted league bowlers from
more than 30 local centers.
Oatman, a Chicago native said, "It's a honor to stand in front of my home crowd and represent my sport and Hammer in front of a stadium full of fans."
The event is a promotion of the Chicagoland BPA in conjunction with Miller Brewing
Co. and Ebonite International for participating summer league bowlers. More than
1,000 bowlers participated in the evening's event, which included a pre-game Patio
Party, raffle prizes and fireworks after the ballgame. Reyes threw the ceremonial
first pitch and Oatman delivered the White Sox line-up card for their game with
the Seattle Mariners.
Reyes, in his third year with Hammer, made history this past season when he threw
the 17th televised 300-game in the 47-year history of the Tour in winning his
first career title. Oatman, at 41-years-old, was the first African-American to
earn a spot on the PBA's exempt Tour and was chosen Rookie of the Year for 06-07.
The Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association is a nonprofit trade organization,
serving the specific needs and diverse interests of bowling center operators throughout
the Chicago area. Originally formed in 1928, the Chicagoland BPA is the largest
local Bowling Proprietors Association in the nation.
Nothing Hits Like a Hammer™. For more information on Hammer and its Tour players,
visit www.hammerbowling.com. Hammer is headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kent.