Archive for September, 2009

Early All-American Teams

September 30, 2009

This past August, Bowlers Journal International announced its 71st annual All-American teams.  BJI dates its selections from the January 1938 teams chosen by Mort Luby Sr.  But on at least four prior occasions, the magazine published some sort of All-American list.  These are given below.

1926 (Jimmy Smith’s selections: Bowlers Journal, Mar 12, 1927:6)

Jimmy Blouin, Chicago

Frank Kartheiser, Chicago

Sykes Thoma, Chicago

Tom Zavakos, Dayton

Sid Sherman, Toledo

Barney Spinella, New York

Harry Gerloski, Detroit

Dom DeVito, Chicago

Charley Daw, Milwaukee

Hank Marino, Chicago

 

1927 (committee selections: Bowlers Journal, Jan 21, 1928:16-17)

First Team

Jimmy Smith, Milwaukee (captain)

Sykes Thoma, Chicago

Frank Kartheiser, Chicago

Barney Spinella, New York

Hank Marino, Chicago

Second Team

Jess Pritchett, Indianapolis (captain)

Tom Zavakos, Dayton

Charley Daw, Milwaukee

Eddie Krems, Chicago

Billy Knox, Philadelphia

Third Team

Mort Lindsey, Stamford, CT (captain)

Sid Sherman, Toledo

Adolph Carlson, Chicago

Dom DeVito, Chicago

Joe Falcaro, New York

 

1929 (Jimmy Smith’s selections: Bowlers Journal, Jan 18, 1930:12)

Charley Daw, Milwaukee

Hank Marino, Chicago

Joe Scribner, Detroit

Frank Kartheiser, Chicago

Joe Falcaro, New York

 

1931-32 (committee selections: Bowlers Journal, May 15, 1932:2)

FIRST TEAM

Joe Falcaro, New York

Charley Daw, Milwaukee

Hank Marino, Milwaukee

Barney Spinella, New York

Frank Kartheiser, Chicago

SECOND TEAM

Adolph Carlson, Chicago

Andy Varipapa, Brooklyn

Joe Scribner, Detroit

Otto Stein Jr, St. Louis

Joe Bodis, Cleveland

THIRD TEAM

Mort Lindsey, Stamford, CT

Skang Mercurio, Cleveland

Jimmy Smith, Chicago

Eddie Krems, Chicago

Billy Knox, Philadelphia

 

1933-34 (Jimmy Smith’s selections: Bowlers Journal, Feb 1935:6)

Joe Falcaro, New York

Adolph Carlson, Chicago

Eddie Heineman, New York

Joe Bodis, Cleveland

Andy Varipapa, Brooklyn

Otto Stein, St. Louis

 

 

Max Stein (1937)

September 25, 2009

Stein, Max (1937)

(1908-2004)

1 ABC championship (1937-AE)

Lambert’s Bowling Lanes

September 23, 2009

Lambert's Lanes

6314 N. Broadway

Val Mikiel (1948)

September 16, 2009

Mikiel, Val (1948)

(1915-1969)

Bowling Hall of Fame, 1979

Bowler of the Year, 1947-48, 1948-49

1 WIBC championship (1946-S)

Rudy Habetler (1952)

September 14, 2009

Habetler, Rudy (1953)

(1910-1971)

Masters champion, 1953

ABC Boardmen

September 13, 2009

1971 ABC

Someone asked me about the header of this blog—the guys standing in front of a large bowling scoreboard.  So today I’m posting the source photo.

This picture is from the 1971 ABC Tournament at Detroit.  Before automatic scoring, there was a person seated on a high chair behind each pair who kept score by hand.  The scorekeeper would relay the scores by phone to the guy standing at the large scoreboard above the lanes—the boardman.  Then the boardman hung up the numbers for everyone to see.

On Lane 5, you’ll note that John Korman has an eagle next to his name.  That’s because he was a former ABC champion.  If you took at Lane 13, you can see Paul Krumske’s name.  You can just make out the beginning of his special plaque, which says “Hall of Fame.”  Back in the days when perfect games were rare, if a bowler had rolled a 300 in the ABC, his name would have a plaque with “300.”  (I often wondered what they did for Tony Sparando—he qualified for an eagle and Hall of Fame and 300!)

Also, check out Lane 10.  Hilton Shirts is on the way to winning the 1971 Team All Events championship.

By the way, that’s me getting ready to bowl on Lane 8.  No eagles, but we did cash.

Hegewisch Lanes

September 11, 2009

Hegewisch Lanes

13550 S. Avenue O

Dick Weber (1957)

September 7, 2009

Weber, Dick (1957)

(1929-2005)

Bowling Hall of Fame, 1970

#2 Bowler of the 20th Century

Bowlers Journal Bowler of the Decade, 1960s

Bowler of the Year, 1960-61, 1962-63, 1964-65

All-American, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1970-71

All-Star champion, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1964-65, 1965-66

Match Game Doubles champion, 1956, 1960, 1961

1 ABC championship (1962-CT)

Newsday Eastern Open winner, 1959, 1960

26 PBA titles