Archive for August, 2009

Rudy Pugel (1952)

August 31, 2009

Pugel, Rudy (1952)


All-American, 1943-44

Match Game Doubles champion, 1944

Petersen Classic winner, 1953

The Bowlium

August 26, 2009


4361 N. Sheridan Rd.

Ed Stretch (1904)

August 19, 2009

Stretch, Ed (1905)

1 ABC championship (1905-D)

Naponiello Alleys

August 17, 2009

Naponiello's Alleys interior

522 W. 26th St.

An Andy Varipapa Bibliography

August 6, 2009

Andy Varipapa died on August 25, 1984.   To mark the 25th anniversary of his death, my BJI article for August 2009 is a collection of Varipapa stories.  For anyone interested in further reading about The Great Varipapa, check out the list below.


Marks, Lou.  The Bowling Experience  (Goldmark, 1987), pp. 21-25.

Varipapa, Andy.  Andy Varipapa’s Quick Way to Better Bowling  (Garden City Books, 1952).


Aulby, Mike.  “What Varipapa Told Petraglia.”  Bowling, Nov 1998:72.

Boylan, Ken.  “Varipapa Elected to Hall of Fame.”  Bowling, Apr 1957:26,38.

Cherin, Bob.  “Varipapa the Magnificent.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1981:54-59.

Cruchon, Steve.  “Norris-Varipapa vs. Burton-Day.”  Bowling, Oct 1971:4,31.

Day, Ned.  “National Stars in Action: Andy Varipapa.”  Bowling, Feb 1954:14-15.

Hallstrom, Bill.  “Varipapa and the Bowling Belle.”  Bowling Illustrated, Feb 1959:8.

Iden, George.  “Touring With Andy Varipapa.”  Bowling, Aug 1977:6,41.

Kahl, Harold.  “Andy Varipapa Becomes Pin Sensation Overnight.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 15, 1932:8.

Kalman, Victor.  “All-Star Andy.”  Sports Illustrated, Jan 17, 1955:56.

Kouros, Tom.  “The Other Side of Andy Varipapa.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1984:28.

Lillard, Bill, att Steve James.  “Lillard and His Partners.”  Bowling, Aug 1979:5,38.

Luby, Mort.  “Varipapa Wins National Singles Second Succesive Time.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1948:13,28.

Luby, Mort Jr.  “Andy and the Bowling Lesson in the Cellar.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1984:11.

McDonough, Pat.  “You Can’t Stop Andy.”  Bowling, Sep 1947:8.

Pezzano, Chuck.  “Andy Tells It Like It Was.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1971:39-41.

__________.  “Andy’s Big Jackpot.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1986:76.

__________.  “At 83, Varipapa Sparkles as Instructor, Fitness Expert.”  The Sporting News, Jun 22, 1974:55.

__________.  “Hero or Villain, He ‘Astounded . . .  Affronted . . .  Entertained.'”  1982 ABC Yearbook:2-7.

__________.  “Kind Words From the Master.”  Bowling, Sep 1960:34-35.

__________.  “Lighter Ball May Help.”  Bowling, Jan 1973:42.

__________.  “Pins and Puns.”  Bowling Digest, Jun 2000:66.

__________.  “The Birth, Rebirth of Andy Varipapa.”  Bowling, Jul 1976:4,30.

__________.  “The Italian Farmboy Who Became the American Trick-Shot Master.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:s-4-5.

__________.  “The Legendary Andy Varipapa.”  Bowling Digest, Jun 1983:56-60.

__________.  “Varipapa Celebrates 90 Years.”  Bowling, Aug 1981:17.

Picchietti, Remo.  “Andy Varipapa’s Advice to My Dad.”  Bowling, Jul 1979:3.

Quinn, Mike.  “Ageless Andy Sounds Off.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1968:24-25.

Rorre, Pat.  “Amazing Andy Varipapa.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1937:20-21.

Schmidt, J.R.  “Emergence of a Star.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1998:99.

__________. “The Andy Man Can.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:190.

Schoeman, Byron.  “Andy the Great.”  Bowling, Jan 1982:6,12.

__________.  “The Fabulous Varipapa.”  Bowlers Journal, Jul 1959:7-8.

Segreti, James.  “Pop Varipapa Keeps All-Star Crown.”  The Sporting News, Dec 24, 1947,  sec 2:7.

Sixty, Billy.  “Going Like Sixty.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1961:18.

__________.  “The One and Only.”  Bowlers Journal, Jul 1976:54-55.

__________.  “Varipapa ABC Pace-Setter.”  The Sporting News, Feb 18, 1948, sec 2:5.

__________.  “Varipapa, New Yorker, Gets a Boost From Billy Sixty.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 14, 1933:5.

Varipapa, Andy.  “My Biggest Thrill.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1946:9.

__________.  “Wonderful Me.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1979:71-73.

Walter, John.  “Andy Varipapa.”  Bowling, Jun 1951:6-7,26.

__________.  “Varipapa Elected to Hall of Fame.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1957:27-29.

“A Star That Will Always Sparkle.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1984:56-57.

“ABC Hall of Famer Looks at London.”  Bowling, Apr 1966:42.

“Andy Varipapa, All-Star.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1947:13,41.

“Andy Varipapa Proves New York’s Outstanding League Player.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 9, 1933:16.

“Andy Varipapa Wins Nassau Association Tournament.”  Bowlers Journal, Jul-Aug 1945:29.

“Bowlers of the Year Are Chosen for 1948: Andy Varipapa.”  Bowling, Sep 1948:15,31.

“Bowling Goes Hollywood.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1934:8.

“Gotham Stars Defeat Philadelphians by Large Margin.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 6, 1930:1,4.

“Important Events in Andy’s Career.”  Bowling, Oct 1973:31.

“Tenpins Crash the Movies.”  ABC Bulletin, Oct 10, 1934:2.

“Varipapa Going Strong at 66.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1957:14.

“Varipapa Made Bowling Instructor at Dwyer’s.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 10, 1932:44.

“Varipapa Movie ‘Bowling Tricks’ Has Premier at Detroit.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1948:21.

“Varipapa Ready For Another Grand Tour.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1938:46.

Obituary.  Bowling, Oct 1984:36.