On today's installment of striking coincidences, an Illinois man named John Hinkle bowled a perfect, 300-score game earlier this month, his ball filled with what may be his newest good luck charm -- his late father's ashes.
John Hinkle Sr., who was an avid bowler, passed away in July 2016, according to a local Peoria publication. As such, Hinkle and his brother, who say they got their love of the sport from their late parent, thought the best way to honor their dad was to place his remains inside of a bowling ball. Although attempting to find someone to create such a memento was a tough feat, according to Sports Illustrated, they were apparently able to track down the world's only dead-guy-bowling-ball creator and have one made, with Hinkle using the ball for the first time on April 12.
"I was talking to my brother and told him, ‘I’m shooting a 300 with this ball,' ” Hinkle, who has won two separate NCAA bowling championships, recalled. “And Joe said, do it!"
And so he did. As Hinkle bowls with two hands, meaning the balls he uses can only have two holes (no dirty jokes here), the athlete decided to take a three-holed ball, plugging one with his father's remains. Ashes-filled ball in tow, Hinkle continued to complete what he says is a stand-out game among the countless perfect rounds he's played throughout his bowling career.
"I had goosebumps, chills,” Hinkle told local CBS affiliate WMBD of the game. “He was there. This is the best [300 game], and definitely the hardest. I was shaking.”
Aside from likely being the first-ever deceased person to ever help someone win at bowling, Hinkle's score also marks another milestone for his father who apparently never completed a perfect game, although he came close, once scoring a still-impressive 299.
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