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1962 Fig :EEEEEEEEEEE John R Fabanich INVENTOR












John Fabanich was issued a patents for advanced asymmetric cores in 1990 and 1992

 (U.S. patents 4913429 and 5125656). This type of core was used in the JPF Axe.

Years earlier, Mr. Fabanich marketed the first two-piece polyester ball (the Fab)

and later, the first widely popular two-piece urethane ball: The Faball Hammer.

Between the early 1800s and the early 1990s, most bowling balls were made of three-piece construction. A small amount of dense material was poured into spherical core mold to create a pancake-like core. Then the remainder of the core mold was filled with a less-dense core material. Finally, the core was centered in a mold and a layer about 1 in (2.54 cm) thick of coverstock was poured around it. Since being pioneered by manufacturer Faball Inc. in the early 1990s, a two-piece construction method has become more popular.














Faball hammers were started in 1980. The Wonders family who owns Visionary owned Faball. Faball was named after the engineer John Fabanich who had a struggling polyester and rubber ball company in Lorain, Ohio in the 1970's. James Wonders and Earl Hindman approach John and offered to buy the company. The only stipulation was they had to keep the name Faball. It was the Wonders family who marketed the balls and called it the Hammer. John Fabinach went on and made the popular Axe.



With the cooperation of the Fabanich Family, the Lorain USBC BA is proud to share with you our efforts in preserving a significant piece of Bowling History, of Lorain History and Celebrate the contributions to the sport of Bowling by our own LBA Hall of Fame Member John Fabanich.

United States Patent


The FAB Collection is brought to you with the Support

of the Fabanich Family

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