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In the long history of bowling only twenty-five people had managed to complete three consecutive perfect games. That was before Hakim Emmanuel got on a blistering hot streak at Westgate Lanes in Brockton, Massachusetts.

What makes the 38-year-old right-hander’s accomplishment all the more remarkable is the fact he had never bowled a 300 game before – let alone three in a row.

''It was so quiet you could hear a needle drop. That's when you get nervous yourself. You know everyone's watching you.”
— Hakim Emmanuel, on bowling the last frames of his 900 series

Once Emmanuel’s feat is officially verified by the U.S. Bowling Congress, he will receive a 900 series gold ring. Not too shabby a bounty for an afternoon’s work at the local bowling alley.

Hakim Emmanuel bowling 900 series


In baseball terms, a 900 series is about as rare as a pitcher throwing a perfect game. Incredibly, the 25th 900 series was tallied just last month by Earon Vollmar at New Glass Bowl Lanes in Toledo, Ohio.


The first ever 900 series in a Professional Bowler’s Association event came in 2013, when North Carolinian Joe Scarborough got in the zone during qualifying at the PBA50 Sun Bowl held in The Villages, Florida.