by Frank Hyde
January 20, 1978
Bucky Cappalino, Ten Pines Lanes manager, and Jim Barone, skipper at Satellite Bowl, recall the Mistretta deeds well. Cappalino got a big thrill out of setting pins when he was a little shaver for teams on which Mistretta bowled. " I know he had several 700 series and some of the head-to-head specials between Morrie and Sam Munella were classics," he added.
Barone says Morrie dates back beyond the original Troyer Farms Classic League in which he was one of the top average men 35 or 40 years ago at the old Playdium slides. Jim also recalls as a kid watching Morrie do his stuff on the diamond. "He was a catcher, and a solid one, for Noah's Ark in those days." Barone speaks of some of the brothers versus brothers specials: Sam and Joe Munella against Morrie and Phil Mistretta. "I don't recall how they came out, but they were classics," he added.
Morrie Mistretta, bowler, football and basketball official and sportsman was tough on the lanes right up to a few days before he died. His 667 with a 251 high line for Shea's Hatters in the Barton Classic League last week at Flamingo is proof.