A 90-year-old commuter recently won a perfect 300, and it wasn’t his first time – NBC Chicago

Jack Lippert’s interest in bowling began in the 1940s when he found employment at a bowling alley near his home on Chicago’s North Side.

“I became a pinboy to make money…I thought,” he explained. “I was there so I could bowl for free, so I started bowling, and I’ve been bowling ever since.”

Some 70 years later, Lippert’s interest in bowling is stronger than ever. If his age isn’t enough, he recently accomplished an incredible feat: getting a perfect score of 300.

““Oh my God, Jack has seven, eight in a row. Nine in a row,'” Lippert’s coach Gregg Zicha said of last month’s big moment. “Then he got the 11th shot, and I was like, ‘I better get my camera out. “”

“As soon as I threw it I knew I had it – I put my hand up,” Lippert added. “I was very happy to do it, believe me. It’s a thrill.”

Zicha said that at 90, someone might have the chance to bowl and hit the ball down the lane – not to mention the perfect score.

“But to do it with consistency and knock down 10 pins 12 times in a row is remarkable,” Zicha said.

There’s no doubt how much Lippert loves coming bowling and bowling himself. His license plate “BOWLR76” is proof of this, with the seven and six referring to his number of children and grandchildren respectively.

Lippert’s recent perfect game was the fifth of his life.

Had it taken place in a sanctioned event, Lippert would be tied for the oldest American to win a 300, according to the US Bowling Congress.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “I hope I do it again – of course I do.”

NBC Chicago

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