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Pinball
Machine
of the
Year

  
2010 World Pinball Championships
August 12 - 15 near Pittsburgh

Hosted by:
Professional & Amateur Pinball Association
(PAPA)


The 2005 World Pinball Championships
took place near Pittsburgh, PA
at the PAPA 8 TOURNAMENT
in Carnegie, PA
       
Final results were:

2005 World Pinball Champion - Bowen Kerins
2nd Place - Neil Shatz
3rd Place - Lyman Sheats

World Pinball Championship Trophy for PAPA 8

During this Professional Amateur Pinball Association event, baby boomers not only could see, but also play many of the pinball games they remember from the 50's and 60's. Even though video games have replaced pinball machines, there's still nothing quite like the hands-on feel of playing an old pinball machine...just watch you don't TILT!
   
"Pinball Wizard" was a song title on THE WHO's 1969 album 'Tommy.' The lyrics describe well the excitement of 'playing the silver ball' with mention of lights a-flashin' and buzzers and bells!
  

 

1950 - 1966
Pinball Machine of the Year
Chicago Coin's "Fighting Irish" Pinball 1950
Chicago
Coin's
FIGHTING
IRISH
1950 Pinball game of the Year
Gottlieb's ARABIAN KNIGHTS Pinball 1953
Gottlieb's
ARABIAN
KNIGHTS
Gottlieb's ARABIAN KNIGHTS Pinball Machine
Gottlieb's SUPER SCORE Pinball 1956
Gottlieb's
SUPER
SCORE
Gottlieb's SUPER SCORE Pinball Machine
Footnote from a visitor regarding the 1956 Super Score
The 1956 Pinball of the Year 'Super Score' is actually by Williams. The Super Score by Gottlieb (shown above) was made in the '60s -- I think 1967.  Rich H.

Ever since I was a young boy,
I've played the silver ball.
 From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all.
But I ain't seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall...
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pin ball!
Gottlieb's GONDOLIER Pinball 1958
Gottlieb's
GONDOLIER
Gottlieb's GONDOLIER Pinball Machine
Gottlieb's UNIVERSE Pinball 1959
Gottlieb's

UNIVERSE
Gottlieb's UNIVERSE Pinball Machine
Bally BAND WAGON Pinball 1965
Bally
BAND
WAGON
Bally BAND WAGON Pinball Machine
William's CASANOVA Pinball 1966
Williams
CASANOVA
William's CASANOVA Pinball Machine

    

   

1967 - 1973
Pinball Machine of the Year
William's DERBY DAY Pinball 1967
Williams
DERBY
DAY
William's DERBY DAY Pinball Machine
Bally MINIZAG Pinball 1968
Bally
MINIZAG
Bally MINIZAG Pinball Machine
Gottlieb's TARGET POOL Pinball 1969
Gottlieb's
TARGET
POOL
Gottlieb's TARGET POOL Pinball Machine
 He stands like a statue,
Becomes part of the machine.
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean.
He plays by intuition,
The digit counters fall.
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pin ball !
William's 1970 Pinball Machine of the Year 1970
Pinball
Machine
of the
Year
William's YUKON Pinball 1971
Williams
YUKON
William's YUKON Pinball Machine
Bally FIREBALL Pinball 1972
Bally
FIREBALL
Bally FIREBALL Pinball Machine
Gottlieb's PRO-FOOTBALL Pinball 1973
Gottlieb's
PRO-
FOOTBALL
D. Gottlieb & Co. PRO-FOOTBALL Pinball Machine

  

  

1974 - 1980
Pinball Machine of the Year
William's STRATO-FLITE Pinball 1974
Williams
STRATO-
FLITE
William's STRATO-FLITE Pinball Machine
Bally WIZARD! Pinball 1975
Bally
WIZARD!
Bally WIZARD! Pinball Machine
William's BLUE CHIP Pinball 1976
Williams
BLUE
CHIP
Williams BLUE CHIP Pinball Machine
 He's a pinball wizard
There has to be a twist.
A pinball wizard's
Got such a supple wrist.
How do you think he does it? I don't know!
What makes him so good?
TIME 2000 Pinball 1977
TIME
2000
Atari TIME 2000 Pinball Machine
Gottlieb's DRAGON Pinball 1978
Gottlieb's
DRAGON
Gottlieb's DRAGON Pinball Machine
Williams GORGAR Pinball 1979
Williams
GORGAR
Williams GORGAR Pinball Machine
Bally XENON 1980
Bally
XENON
Bally XENON Pinball Machine

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