As Blythe mentioned in bowling’s fail of the year, Rob Stone is leaving ESPN bowling to cover soccer for FOX, which meant there was a vacancy to be filled. According to PBA.com, that will go to veteran Gary Thorne:
Thorne will do play-by-play for the three remaining PBA majors beginning with the Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters later this month in Las Vegas, continuing with the U.S. Open in February and the Tournament of Champions in April. Stone will continue to work the remaining World Series of Bowling ESPN-taped telecasts this season and will also do play-by-play for Thursday’s taping of the Chris Paul Celebrity PBA Invitational presented by Sheets™ Brand in Los Angeles.
PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will remain as ESPN PBA Tour color analyst.
Thorne is the distinct voice of many sports, including MLB, college football, and perhaps best known for calling the NHL. Personally, I think Thorne’s best work is on the Major League Baseball 2k series, which he has voiced since MLB 2k9 when he took over for Jon Miller.