Bill Hill (1975)


“The Big D”

Chicago Bowling Star

10 Responses to “Bill Hill (1975)”

  1. Denis Kippes Says:

    I bowled with Bill Hill in the North End Traveling League. He worked at Empire Bowl on Milwaukee Avenue. As nice a guy as you will ever meet.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Bill died much too young. I went to high school with him, and we bowled our first few ABC’s together–see the pictures on the DR. JAKE’S ABC TOURNAMENT page.

  2. Denis Kippes Says:

    I was shocked when Bill left us at such a young age. In my bag of bowling pics I found the team pic that we took at the 1978 ABC Tournament in St. Louis. We were bowling in the North End out of Timber Lanes owned by Kenny Rasmussen at the time. Kenny really supported us and we practiced for virtually nothing every Saturday afternoon. Our team was hard to beat there because we knew the lanes so well. We did win the 76/77 North End Traveling League of which Bill was our sixth man and always tough when you needed score and in the clutch. He was a calming influence that I really admired on a team of emotional bowlers.

  3. Skip Justice Says:

    Hello Denis: Remember Me?
    Skip Justice

    • Denis Kippes Says:

      Hi Skip! I never forget a nice guy, a Cub fan or an old participant in the Marigold Major League. I’m still bowling in two leagues and living in Oregon, Il. We have a small 12 laner out here near a corn field and my wife and I go over there to practice frequently. How have you been doing?

  4. Val Says:

    Why was Bill Hill called The Big D?

  5. drpepperforever Says:

    I have been wanting to write this for awhile, and it’s time; thank you Dr. Jake, for these wonderful posts. There is literally nothing like it on the internet.

    It’s literally amazing how little information on the history of bowling is available. And for you, Dr. Jake, to provide all this incredible, wonderful information free of charge is truly a blessing.

    Thank you.


    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Marc. And if you like the blog, get a copy of my book, The Bowling Chronicles. That’s free at numerous libraries, too.

      • drpepperforever Says:

        I have your Chicago historical book, but not your bowling book. But, eventually…

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