Born: January 3, 1912
Died: November 1, 1974
James McMahon was born January 3, 1912 in Passaic. Known as “Junie” by family, friends and fans, he became one of the top young bowlers in the state during the Depression and was nationally ranked by the mid-1930s. His smooth delivery and steadiness in the clutch made him a sought-after anchorman on some of the region’s best teams.
Junie topped the 1800 mark at the 1937 American Bowling Congress Championship in his first appearance in the event. He reached that level every year but once through 1949 and averaged 207.1 during a 10-year stretch. Junie won the ABC title in 1947 and the BPAA All-Star tournament (pro bowling’s marquee event) in 1949 and 1951. In 1950, he was named BPAA Bowler of the Year.
In 1959, Junie was featured in the first-ever nationally televised bowling match. Hours later, he suffered a stroke. He never fully recovered. Junie passed away in Hackensack at the age of 62.