Mike Hennessy

Meritorious Service

Mike Hennessy
City: Bluffton
State: SC
Inducted: 2008

Hennessy, the ultimate "jack of all bowling trades," spent most of his life in Dayton, Ohio, where he covered bowling as a reporter with the Dayton Daily News, opened an advertising agency specializing in bowling, and worked for a local television station. He served as executive director of the Greater Dayton and Ohio bowling proprietors associations where his "Bowlers First" program attracted more than 100,000 new bowlers to the sport. He did tours of duty as media and tournament director for the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, made dozens of appearances as a motivational speaker at bowling events and helped organize the first ABC/WIBC Senior Championships. He was the 1994 recipient of Bowling Writers Association of America's Mort Luby Sr. Hall of Fame award.