2002 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: MULTIPLE SPORTS
Parent: Della Brown (Mother)
Daughters: Dana and Leslie
Sons: Arnold Jr., Kevin and Charon
Arnold grew up on Lomita Street, on Flint’s north side. He attended Jefferson Elementary, Emerson Junior High and graduated from Flint Northern High School. He played football and was an All State Wrestler. Arnold wrestled on Flint Northern’s first undefeated team, with a record of 10-0-1 regular season and a combined record of 86-1-1 for the year.
Arnold spearheaded the Vikings third straight regional wrestling title by earning a championship held at Owosso High School. He made All State and All Valley two consecutive years in the 120 and 127 pounds weight class.
He was the starting fullback on offense and played halfback on defense on the 1962 Flint Northern football team.
In bowling, Arnold bowled a 300 game at East Town Bowl in the Steve Bysco Classic League. He was number 15 that season among 91 rolled in the Flint area. Arnold had a career high of 778 series followed with games of 236 and 242. His previous series high was 777 and he rolled a 299 game. Bowled eight 700 series in one year. Arnold won the City Men’s Tournament Championship and teamed up with James Blakley, they captured the handicap double crown in the 1988 Flint Men’s Bowling Association Tournament at Colonial Lanes.
Arnold bowled a 300 game in 1997 and also in 1999. He bowled a 290 in 1996 and a 808 series in January of 1996. In March of 1996, Arnold had an 803 series.
Arnold is a member of the National Bowling Association, and is retired from the Chevrolet V-8 Engine Plant. He lives in Flint.