Sometimes you just see a player’s name and you know they are going to be in the PBA Hall of Fame. Tommy Jones is one of those names.
The PBA sent out this year’s ballot Monday night and Jones is the only eligible player. Any bowling fan knows just by hearing the name that this is a no-brainer.
Hall of Fame voters have until Oct. 14 to send in their ballots and then the PBA will make it official shortly thereafter. The PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Jan. 18 during the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
With 19 career PBA Tour titles, including two majors, Jones is tied for 16th on the all-time titles list with Chris Barnes, who is already in the PBA Hall of Fame.
Jones has been eligible for the PBA Hall of Fame based on titles for years but was required to wait until he had been a PBA member for 20 years before he could be considered. That wait is now over.
The Simpsonville, South Carolina, native joined the PBA in 2000 and had his break-out season in 2004-05 when he won the Japan Cup, Denver Open, Cambridge Credit Classic and Banquet Open.
The following season he won four more titles, including the U.S. Open, and was named the PBA Player of the Year.
According to the PBA's Bill Vint, in order to be eligible for the PBA Hall of Fame, players must win a minimum of 10 titles or five titles plus two majors. They must also be a PBA member for 20 years.
No other player met that criteria for this year’s ballot.