Hammer continues its honoring of the legend of The National Bowling Association with the Rhodman Pearl bowling ball. Bill Rhodman was a legend in the TNBA which is why they dedicated all of the regional events in his memory by calling them "Rhodman" events. The Hammer Rhodman Pearl ball features a pearlized Juiced Maxx coverstock which is finished with a 2000 grit Abralon pad then polished with Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish and is paired with the strong, symmetric Spheroid core. This combination provides length with a strong backend and plenty of hook on medium oil lane conditions.
This bowling ball is Carbon Fiber Infused! Carbon fiber is one of the toughest materials on earth. Hammer decided to add this material to the inner core of this ball for added strength and durability allowing them to offer an incredible 3 year warranty.
- Color: Purple Pearls All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Core: Spheroid
- Coverstock: Juiced Maxx Pearl
- Finish: 500/2000 Abralon Polished w/ Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
- Length: Long
- Hook Potential: Medium/High
- RG: 2.48**
- Differential: 0.048**
- ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
- Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 year
- FCC Rating: Total-24, Finish-7, Core-8, Cover-9
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- SKU: HAMHMRHODPR
- Product ID: 11247
- Brand: Hammer
- Category: Bowling Balls
- Ball Performance: Upper Mid-Performance Balls
In 1948, Bill Rhodman secured his place in bowling history by becoming the first African-American to roll a certified 300 game in competition. Thw as just one event of many that contribute to his legendary status.
During the 1953-54 bowling season, while at the peak of his bowling game, Bill was stricken with a blood disease and was told by doctors his bowling days were over.
After a three year convalescence, Rhodman returned and embarked ona remarkable comeback, especially for the time period.
In the 1956-57 season, he carried a composite average of 207 in three leagues. He rolled a 300 game and had a series of 748 and 760 in competition.
He refused to yield from bowling until 1959, when, at a new peak in his career, he had to have both of his legs amputated. Even then, he was relentelss in his passion for the game, spending most of his time at the lanes coaching, teaching and mentoring young bowlers from his wheelchair.
In 1961, Bill Rhodman passed away at the age of 47 and remains a legend, easily being regarded as one of the greatest African-American bowlers of his era.
In 1997, nearly 50 years after the legendary 300 game, William "Bill" Rhodman was inducted in the American Bowling Congress' (now USBC's) Hall of Fame in the category of "Bowling Pioneer" for his efforts in expanding the interest in bowling within the African-American community and to youngsters. He was also an accomplished instructor, promoter and competitor.
In 1972, the TNBA Eastern Region hosted the very first "Bill Rhodman Singles Classic Tournament" at Madison Square Garden and was soon followed by all of the other regions. That legacy continues today.
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