Carl Berger (1953)



Chicago Bowling Star

“The Man of a Thousand Releases”



5 Responses to “Carl Berger (1953)”

  1. Larry Says:

    Carl was a friend of my dad’s in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. I remember seeing him bowl in a traveling league at the Bowlium (Montrose/Broadway/Sheridan) in the 1960’s and I actually bowled in a league where he bowled at Marigold ( arounf 3800 N. Broadway?) around 1967. I believe he may have had, at one time, about a 210 average well into his 70’s.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      I bowled against Carl in the North End Traveling League during the 1970s. He was already past Social Security age, yet he could still post a 200-plus traveling average–which was a lot of pins in those days. And he was a funny guy, too.

  2. Says:

    I bowled in the Tuesday night Classic at Bowling Lanes in 59-61. I shot a 300 game along with Dell Heck. I was 17 years old at the time.
    Rich Bodenshok aka Bob Ryan

  3. MIchael Jacobs Says:

    Got to meet and talk to Carl in his later years at Manor Bowl, so wish I could have captured more of the bowling history he was part of.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      As I noted, Carl was known as “The Man of a Thousand Releases.” My favorite was the one he would occasionally use to kill his hook. Just as he released the ball, he’d yank back on it—like you do with a hula hoop when you want it to come back to you. This action put his ball into a very long skid. Sometimes it looked like the ball was skidding 50 feet before it finally came out of it and started hooking. I later tried this shot at the Petersen, and won a couple of pots with it.

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