An Andy Varipapa Bibliography

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.

5 Responses to “An Andy Varipapa Bibliography”

  1. R.Carlson Says:

    Andy Varipapa..The only pro that could pick up the 7-10, at 1 time with 2 balls at once..1 of the best trick bowler of all time.

  2. Marty San Felippo Says:

    Making the 7-10 with two balls is not very difficult. When I was bowling competitively my 7-10 conversion rate with two balls was around 80%. Now that I am only giving instructions I can still make it 50% of the time using a 12 lb house ball for the right hand and a 10 lb house ball for the left hand.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Pretty good. But I’m still waiting for someone who can duplicate Bud Schaibly’s trick.

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