Walter Ward (1939)

Ward, Walter (1939)

(1897-1984)

Bowling Hall of Fame, 1959

#90 Bowler of the 20th Century

All-American, 1939-40, 1940-41, 1945-46

8 Responses to “Walter Ward (1939)”

  1. Bob Schumacher Says:

    THere was also a famous golfer named Walter Ward during and past the time frame of 1939. Does anyone know if they are one in the same?

  2. Bob Schumacher Says:

    I could be mistaken; I do remember Harvie Ward the great amateur player. Might have to chalk this one up to being 66 years old.

  3. Bob Montag Says:

    Walter Ward! He smoked cigars with a double bend, they looked like the crank on an old model-T Ford.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      As I understand it, those bent cigars were specially made for Ward. When the cigar maker died, Walter had to switch to regular stogies.
      –JRS

  4. Mickey Roberson Says:

    Fred Wolf on Championship Bowling always introduced him as “The Man With the Crooked Cigar.”

  5. Michael Sekeres Says:

    Walter Ward’s personal papers, scrapbooks, and journals covering his career from the 1920s – 1940s are at the USBC Headquarters located at Brookgate Lanes in Brook Park, Ohio.
    He had documented almost every game he ever bowled throughout his career.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Thanks for the info. They must be fascinating. In 2005 I delved into Walter Ward’s later scrapbooks at the Bowling Museum in St. Louis and wrote an article about them in Bowlers Journal International. I presume those particular scrapbooks made the journey to Texas. On a related matter, I have a forthcoming piece in BJI about Ward’s and Frank Benkovic’s tours of military bases during WW-II. Watch for it!
      –JRS

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