He was the first bowler ever to capture the Triple Crown, winning the U.S. Open, PBA National Championship, and Tournament of Champions.
He had great success even before his triple crown, tying a bowling record in 1961 by winning seven titles in a single season.
In 2008, he was ranked by PBA as the 12th best player in the last 50 years.
He was married three times in his life,\ and raised four children.
His son Chris Hardwick became a successful comedian.