Magic Johnson had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sandy Koufax had Don Drysdale and Joe Montana had Jerry Rice.
Now Greg Kolski will be bowling with . . . Jamie Beeler.
Beeler, a gifted bowler who is the prototypical pressure-resistant anchor man, will be returning to the “Guys and Dolls" league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills for the summer season. He will be joined by his wife, Karen, both of whom took a break for a year from league action.
“We’re ecstatic about coming back,” said Jamie, adding that “it’s the only sport I can do . . . the only sport I enjoy.”
Beeler is a fiery bowler, showing his passion on every toss. He’ll form a potent 1-2 combination with Kolski, a prolific up-and-coming young bowler who is averaging 162 with a career high of 257.
Beeler, a veteran who averages in the 180s, has blistered a 275 game and a 675 series. He’s known for being a clutch performer who can put together a run of strikes at any time.
Geoff Gast, who will be bowling with Beeler and Kolski on the summer team along with Jean Pierre Uzan, said his team will have an embarrassment of riches.
“Our summer team will be in great position to compete for first or second place,” Gast said. “I’ll have to get better because I’ll be bowling with two great scorers with Greg and Jamie.”
The summer session is still a couple of months away, and it’s still uncertain whether Kolski or Beeler will fill the anchor role. When pressed, Gast said he’d probably lean toward Beeler as the anchor.
“Greg is a powerhouse bowler and Jamie is a powerhouse bowler, only more so,” Gast said. “Greg is a great bowler, don’t get me wrong, but Jamie can bowl in the 230s.
“In my opinion Jamie is a superb bowler. He’s like a champion. I’ll love bowling with both of them. It will be a lot of fun.”
Veteran bowler Tom Martino said Jamie was missed the past year at Woodlake. “He’s very passionate,” Martino said. “He loves the game and is a very good bowler.”
Beeler, a Chatsworth resident, downplays his bowling skill. “I’d say I’m an average bowler,” he said modestly.
“I’m not that excellent, I’m not that good. I make mistakes and my wife picks on me about it,” he added, laughing.
“I’m just a regular average bowler who tries to do my best.”