Author Topic: Jimmy Keeth - Lookback
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Jimmy Keeth 1967-2005

This post goes out to "Sprocket" who has requested some Jimmy Keeth video. These particular clips came from the 1987 Hartford Open on April 18, 1987. Jimmy was 19 years old then, and qualified 2nd. This was the semi-final match of the day, where Jimmy knocked off Marshall Holman 210-203, but later lost to Bob Handley 247-201. Keeth took home $12,000 for his efforts. On the PBA, Keeth is the owner of one title, the Tums Classic - 4/18/92.

As far as Keeth is concerned these days, looks like he is bowling out of the south region, and cashed in a few national events in the 2003-04 season. Perhaps there is another member here who could fill us in about further information regarding Jimmy Keeth. Anyway, hope you enjoy the look back at Jimmy Keeth:


Since I created this posting, it is with great sadness that I have learned that Jimmy Keeth passed away suddenly on 11/30/2005.  The following is an obituary from the Palm Beach Post.  My condolences go out all of his family and friends.

Rex Thayer of Boynton Beach fondly remembers how his step-son Jimmy Keeth would react after bowling one of his many 300 games -- or rather, how he didn't react.

"It was just and everyday thing for him. He wanted everybody to think, 'so what?'" Thayer said. "He tried to be gruff, but everyone that really knew him knew he wasn't that way at all."

Mr. Keeth, a former member of the Professional Bowlers Association, suffered a massive heart attack on Thanksgiving and passed away last night at Hospice of Palm Beach County. He was 38.

"He was the best, and everybody loved him," said his younger brother, Bobby Keeth, of Wellington. "(People) always loved to watch him bowl. They just loved to be around him."

Mr. Keeth was born in Michigan but lived in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach for 35 years. Neither Mr. Keeth nor anyone in his immediate family had a history of heart problems. Mr. Keeth suffered the heart attack around 2 p.m. while he was alone in his home, and he called 911 himself. He was a PBA member from 1986 to 2004, where his hard throws earned him the nickname "The Rocket."