Wiseman elected to PBA Hall of Fame
Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, a 12-time PBA Tour winner, was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame along with Doug Kent, the Professional Bowlers Association announced Friday. They will be inducted during the Hall of Fame dinner March 30 in Indianapolis. Wiseman, 45, joined the tour in 1987 and has earned just over $1.55 million. Wiseman, who attended Dundalk, won his first title at the 1990 Fair Lanes Open in Baltimore. Perhaps his most famous win came in 2004, when he took the USBC Miller High Life Masters at Miller Park in Milwaukee — the first time a bowling championship had been conducted inside a major league baseball stadium. "It's pretty amazing. I'm pretty happy, and pretty amazed considering my recent years, but I guess there's history to go by," Wiseman said of his election. "I got the call ... and I started thinking about it, and I'm pretty humbled when you think about all of the elite players in our sport." Hall of Fame dinner details will be announced later. It's been a long process. It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication, a lot of patience. You have to have an undying love to be one of the best, and I've had that." One of my proudest moments was winning my first title with my dad there, and then the 2004 Masters – those, and being selected as one of the PBA's 50 best, were exceptional moments." One of Wiseman's most unforgettable performances was also one of his biggest disappointments. "The 1992 Firestone [Tournament of Champions], when my dad was dying, is a memory I'll never forget," he said. "It was a major event, one I thought I should have won, but Marc McDowell out-bowled me, and that was the biggest disappointment of my career because I was pretty sure it would be the last time my father would ever see me bowl, and it was. But with all of my injuries, I've always found a way to step up. I was close to losing my exemption, but I bowled through the pain and made a TV show. If I missed that exemption, I don't win the Masters – so it was a defining moment." Early in his career, Wiseman defined himself by compiling the winningest television record in PBA history at that time, and by introducing a colorful, flame-enhanced persona that branded him — intentionally — as something of a maverick. "My legacy was bowling pretty dang-gone good on TV — I think I was 21-5 at one point — and I made my own identity," he said. "Some of these guys — Earl Anthony, Marshall Holman, guys like that — got their identities because they were on TV every week. I did it a little bit different. I was able to create an identity that tells people who I am, and people remember it. But it's all pretty humbling. I was never a natural. I've studied and learned and watched. I learned a skill and was able to adapt to the environment throughout my career. I mostly did it on my own, and I'm pretty proud of that."