Johnny King was born in 1921 in Cleveland. He dropped out of school during the great depression to work in a factory where he eventually became a precision grinder. His professional-bowling career started when he was in his thirties, and he became a legend of the game in the 1950s. Opponents were reluctant to play against him due to his prowess and winning records. He always played with a cigar in his mouth and attracted many spectators. His popularity rose in Cleveland and the rest of the country. He even featured in two films and the American Broadcasting Corporation Television aired his matches.
Johnny began his professional career after winning the Cleveland Match Championship twice. According to Schmidt, Johnny progressed further in his career by setting a new record in Cleveland by posting a 233 score (194). Later in the year, Johnny won the George London Dream Tournament before moving to Chicago to join Buddy Bomar’s Munsingwear team. While in Chicago, Johnny won two consecutive titles in the Match Game. However, King dropped three places to finish fourth in the World’s Invitational Championship. Additionally, he worked with AMF Bowling Company for exhibition tours. During one of the tours, he made a mark in Indiana by scoring an average of 277 for seven games. Johnny lost the 1957 World’s Invitational Championship in which he finished second. In 1963, he and his teammates won the Classic Division Eagle. In the same year, he won his only PBA (Professional Bowling Association) title in Florida. Johnny’s last known major tournament was in 1978 in which he teamed up with Johnny Petraglia and finished fifth.
After retiring from bowling, King went into liquor dispensers business. Over the last thirty years until his death, King led a private an quiet life. He was a bowling legend and upcoming sportsmen can learn tactics from him (Schmidt 195). Johnny King died on March 12, 1998, in Florida.