National Bowling Association Tournament

The National Bowling Association was formed in 1906, when Eastern cities broke away from the American Bowling Congress.  The first NBA Tournament was held the following year at Young’s Iron Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  For awhile the NBA rivaled the ABC as bowling’s national championship.  Poor management and internal disputes led to the end of the NBA Tournament after 1916.  The NBA itself was absorbed back into the ABC in 1921.

 

TEAM CHAMPIONS

1907  Corinthians, New York . . . . . . . . . . 2814

1908  Brunswicks, New York . . . . . . . . . . 2893

1909  Corinthians No. 8, New York . . . . . . 2899

1910  Chalmers-Detroit, Chicago . . . . . . . 2817

1911  Bonds, Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2969

1912  Grand Centrals, Rochester . . . . . . . 2997

1913  Bronx Centrals, Bronx . . . . . . . . . . .2936

1914  Genesee Beer, Rochester . . . . . . . . 3035

1915  Aurania, New York . . . . . . . . . . . . .2993

1916  Quakers, Philadelphia . . . . . . . . . . .2953

 

DOUBLES CHAMPIONS

1907  John Nelson-Walter Tuthill, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . 1220

1908  John McGuirk-John Grady, Paterson, NJ . . . . . . . . .1318

1909  Satterthwaite-Rodgers, Philadelphia . . . . . . . . . . . 1298

1910  Burdine-Eckstein, Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1305

1911  Charles Johnson-George Kelsey, New Haven . . . . . . 1355

1912  Charles Johnson-Mort Lindsey, New Haven . . . . . . . 1301

1913  Glenn Riddell-Jimmy Smith, New York . . . . . . . . . . .1259

1914  Glenn Riddell-Harold Horton, New York . . . . . . . . . . 1333

1915  Walter-Smith, Rutherford, NJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1232

1916  L. Marino-C. Hummel, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1312

 

SINGLES CHAMPIONS

1907  G.F. Sauer, New York . . . . . . . . .657

1908  Frederick Schwartje, Brooklyn . . . 697

1909  Ed Thompson, Brooklyn . . . . . . . .699

1910  Tony Prio, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . 705

1911  Joseph West, Toronto . . . . . . . . 694

1912  Leo Lucke, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . .699

1913  George Kumpf, Buffalo . . . . . . . . 712

1914  Harry Krauss, Washington . . . . . . 678

1915  George Newman, New York . . . . . 675

1916  G. Cook, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . 747

 

ALL-EVENTS CHAMPIONS

1907  John Voorhies, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . 1956

1908  W.L. Erdmann, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . 1835

1909  Frank Hegeman, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . 1908

1910  George Freeman, Newark . . . . . . . . . 1916

1911-tie  George Bangart, Chicago . . . . . . . 1894

1911-tie  George Brunt, Paterson, NJ . . . . .  1894

1912  Mort Lindsey, New Haven . . . . . . . . . 2031

1913  Jimmy Smith, Brooklyn. . . . . . . . . . . .1928

1914  Jimmy Smith, Brooklyn .  . . . . . . . . . .1917

1915  Thomas Scannell, New York . . . . . . . .1935

1916  G. Cook, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1948

(tournament suspended)

 

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3 Responses to “National Bowling Association Tournament”

  1. Ed McGuirk Says:

    Doubles Champions
    1908 John McGuirk

    John McGuirk was my grandfather and I’m trying to add to our family’s history.

    When the NBA was absorbed back into the ABC in 1921, were these Tournament records “moved” into the ABC’s archives?

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      As far as I know, there’s no preserved archive of NBA material. I got my NBA Tournament winners list from an old edition of the Brooklyn Eagle Almanac. The best place to get info on that 1908 tournament is in The Bowlers Journal. This was a weekly bowling newspaper published in New York, and is not connected with the current magazine. I know that the Bowling Museum–now in Texas–has bound copies of this old paper at least thru 1912. If you’re located on the East Coast, you might want to check with the New York Public Library, or the Library of Congress in Washington. In any case, please keep in touch. I’d like to know what you find.
      –JRS

    • Jim Grady Says:

      John Grady was my great-grandfather. I have several newspaper articles concerning the accomplishments of our ancestors. One includes a picture of the two of them. I also attended their induction into the Paterson Sports Hall of Fame and have the program from that day. Please let me know if you are interested in any of this material and I am interested in any information you or Mr. Schmidt may have.

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