“It’s a great honor,” Ekberg said. “It means you’ve matched what your peers have done and you’re part of an elite group.”
That elite group includes another Ekberg as Tim’s cousin Bud is also a GDUSBC Hall of Famer. Tim is quick to share the credit for his success with his cousin.
“I was about 12 or 13 and was throwing a back-up ball — he helped me switch to throwing a hook,” Ekberg said. “Bud had a lot of accomplishments, he was one of the first bowlers to average 200 in the city of Dayton. Seeing how good he was motivated me.”
That motivation and a lot of hours on the lanes helped Ekberg build a solid bowling resume. He tallied 13 career 300 games, managing to roll a pair of perfect games in a span of six days one season. Ekberg also posted four 800 series in a career that has spanned four decades. He won a city team title in 1993 and placed in the top five at state in both all-events and singles in the mid 1980s. He also won six Miami County Bowling Association titles.
“My favorite moment was the team tournament we won at Astro Lanes (Wapakoneta) because I was bowling with my family — my dad, two cousins and my brother,” Ekberg said.
This honor is a welcome milestone, but not a capstone for Ekberg. He continues to bowl competitively in open and senior tournaments and averaged 195 last season.
“When you’re younger, the Hall of Fame isn’t really something you think about and when you get older you wonder if people think you deserve it,” he said. “I guess now I know.”
Tim Ekberg by the numbers
1: City title
13: Career 300 games
228: High average
823: High series, one of four career 800s