Bob "Mr. 300" Learn Jr.
Hometown: Spring Hill, TN
Nickname: Mr. 300
The Skinny on Mr. 300
With more than 100 perfect games Bob “Mr. 300” Learn Jr. truly earned his nickname.
He started bowling at the age of eight and was hooked immediately. Mr. 300 joined the PBA in 1981 at the age of 19, capturing his first PBA title (Fair Lanes Open in Baltimore) in 1992 and his first major title at the U.S. Open in 1999. In 2000, he entered a select group of players who have earned more than $1 million in official money.
In 1996, Mr. 300 put together one of the greatest seasons in PBA history, with seven TV appearances and well over $200,000 in earnings. At the 1996 Flagship Open, Mr. 300 turned in arguably one of the greatest televised striking displays. In front of more than 4,000 fans at the Erie Civic Center, Mr. 300 opened the championship round finals with a 300-279 victory over PBA legend Johnny Petraglia. The perfect game was the 10th televised 300 in PBA history and earned Mr. 300 a $100,000 bonus. Mr. 300 followed his 300 with games of 270 and 280 to earn a berth in the title match. Mr. 300 shot 279 to win the title, setting a number of PBA records, including the three and four game TV record (850 and 1,129). For the telecast, Mr. 300 rolled an unbelievable 44 of a possible 48 strikes!
He is the head bowling coach at Martin Methodist College for both the men’s & women’s teams. When he’s not bowling, Mr. 300 enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and spending time with his family.