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Legendary bowler bringing passion for sport to northern Oswego County

One of the greatest bowlers of all time is helping breathe new life into Pulaski Bowl.
Pulaski (WSYR-TV) - One of the greatest bowlers of all time is helping breathe new life into Pulaski Bowl.

After three years in the dark, Mark Roth has reopened the bowling center and, in turn, given his life a new spark.

The legendary bowler shone under the bright lights on Saturday afternoons when ABC television broadcast bowling to the nation in the 70s and 80s.

"You don't even think about the TV lights, it's there, you know they're there, you just worry about knocking the pins down,” Roth said.

And Roth did plenty of that, racking up 34 Professional Bowling Association titles, four Player of the Year awards, and multiple Hall of Fame honors.

Pulaski Bowl is far from the heights of bowling Roth has known. However, after suffering a stroke in 2009, Roth and his wife, Denise, a Fulton native, decided to reopen the alley a few months ago.

"They told me I'd never walk again and I told them where to go, that's the way I grew up. Don't tell me I can't do something, I'm going to do it anyway,” Roth said.

Roth has even returned to the lanes, using the sport as a form of therapy.

His approach is shorter, but the form is still there.

Roth has decorated the bowling center with some of his memorabilia. He even named the lanes for some of his friends and competitors.

“It gave me a good feeling because I can do something, I can do what I love to do and I did for a living, I enjoy it, I love bowling,” Roth said.

Bowling fans will be able to watch the sport they love on Sunday afternoon when the Mark Roth Classic airs on ESPN.

"It’s an honor to have a tournament named after you, for what I've done and obviously what happened they were nice enough to put my name on this tournament. It's nice to go out there and everybody appreciates you,” he said.

The finals of the Mark Roth Classic can be seen at 3 p.m. on Sunday on ESPN.

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