fort george


INDUCTED POSTHUMOUSLY ON MAY 16, 2009 -- Class of 2009...


Game - 268

Series - 624

Average - 186


George Fort was inducted into the City of Firsts USBC Association Hall of Fame, posthumously, in the Star of Yesteryear Category. Unfortunately, George passed on April 8, 2009, just a few weeks before his induction.

George began bowling in the Continental Steel League about 1957. As a member of the Kokomo Hurricanes team organized by Clarence Gaines, he also was a pioneer in breaking the color barrier in Kokomo bowling.

George bowled over 40 years and bowled in three leagues per week; he had been rolling in at least three leagues per week for 15 years. He served as vice president of the Outcast League.

George was very friendly and easy to talk to. He had been very active in the community and with local sports. He played baseball with the Kokomo High School, Kokomo Advertiser, Kokomo Booster Club and the Semi-pro team that played here in Kokomo. George had been a member of the Mason's, Elk's and American Legion. George liked all sports, but he chose to stick with bowling. George had a great personality and was fun to be around.

George’s bowling championships included the Continental Tournament Team Event, 2-3 times, and he was also a two-time Outcast League Team Champion.

Other bowling accomplishments were a 169 triplicate in February 1960 at the Bowling Center, and he had bowled with the same team with Clarence Gaines for 35 years.

George had bowled in several city tournaments and in two ABC Championship Tournaments (Las Vegas and Jacksonville).