Archive for August, 2013

The Bowler’s Club Tournament Trio (1953)

August 30, 2013

The Bowler's Club Tournament Trio (1953)

Count Gengler (1917)

August 26, 2013

The Count


#26 Bowler of the 20th Century

Bowlers Journal 1910-1925 Special All-American

Bowling’s Greatest Hustler


Ned Day (1937)

August 23, 2013

Day, Ned (1938)


Bowling Hall of Fame, 1952

#5 Bowler of the 20th Century

Bowler of the Year, 1942-43, 1943-44

All-American, 1937-38, 1940-41, 1941-42, 1943-44, 1947-48

Match Game champion, 1937-1942

All Star champion, 1943-44

Match Game Doubles champion, 1944, 1950-1951

3 ABC championships (1948-AE, 1956-T, 1956-TAE)

Petersen Classic winner, 1943

Bowler’s Pride Grips (1958)

August 21, 2013

Bowler's Pride Grips (1958)

Mike Limongello, aka Mike Lemongello (1967)

August 19, 2013

Limongello, Mike

(1944-  )

U.S. Open champion, 1971

PBA National champion, 1971

5 PBA titles

World’s Invitational Tournament 1964

August 16, 2013

The eighth World’s Invitational Tournament was held at Globe Bowl in Chicago, November 19-29, 1964. For the first time the event was staged at a commercial bowling center. The field remained 128 men, 64 women. This was the last World’s Invitational Tournament.


Gus Burkhardt (1907)

August 14, 2013

Burkhardt, Gus


Chicago Bowling Star

A Steve Nagy Bibliography

August 12, 2013

Hall-of-Famer Steve Nagy was born 100 years ago tomorrow—August 13, 1913.  Twice voted the Bowler of the Year and four times an All-American, he was ranked #23 among 20th Century bowlers in the Bowlers Journal poll.  His tournament resume includes five ABC championships and the 1954-55 All-Star.  Nagy also rolled the first filmed 300 game, and is still the only bowler featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  After his 1966 death, the PBA remembered this genuinely-beloved man with an annual Steve Nagy “good guy” award.  


Lewis, Howard J.  The Complete Guide to Better Bowling (Arco, 1956),  pp. 4-29.

White, Gordon S.  Bowling Tips from Brunswick Champions (Fawcett Publications, 1961), pp. 102-107.


Cruchon, Steve.  “Big Steve.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1963:28-34.

__________.  “Detroit Pitches From the Heart . . .”    Bowling, Nov 1966:28, 31.

__________.  “Levine’s Efforts For Nagy.”  Bowling, Jan 1984:6.

__________.  “Nagy and Fazio: Awesome Twosome.”  Bowling, Apr 1963:30,40.

__________.  “Nagy: The Clown Who Cried.”  Bowling Digest, Oct 1983:67-68.

__________.  “Steve Nagy’s Final Year.”  Bowling, Feb 1978:6,41.

Day, Ned.  “National Stars In Action: Steve Nagy.”  Bowling, Mar 1953:20-21.

Franklin, Bill.  “Steve Nagy.”  Bowling, Jul 1949:12-13,22.

Kalman, Victor.  “Sweat and Tears in Chicago.”  Sports Illustrated, Jan 31, 1955:6-9.

__________.  “The All-Star—I.”  Sports Illustrated, Jan 3, 1955:58.

__________.  “The All-Star—II.”  Sports Illustrated, Jan 10, 1955:44.

Levine, Sam.  “Bowling Incorporated.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1952:29-30,96-97.

Luby, Mort.  “Post Mort ‘Ems.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1955:17-18.

__________.  “Steve Nagy—Bowler of the Year.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1952:10-11.

Pezzano, Chuck.  “More Than a Good Sport.”  Bowling Digest, Feb 1992:50.

__________.  “Nagy-Castellano All-Star Match.”  Bowling, Jun 1971:4,57.

Pluckhahn, Bruce.  “Steve Nagy: The Gentle Giant.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:212.

Schmidt, J.R.  “A Perfect TV Drama.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1999:95.

__________.  “Steve Nagy Sure Could Put On a Show.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 2008:103.

__________.  “When Steve Nagy Hit the Big Time.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 2011:30.

Schoeman, Byron.  “In the Wake of the All-Star.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1955:11-13.

Schultz, Kay.  “Can They Catch Nagy?”  Bowling, Sep 1960:40.

Sixty, Billy.  “Going Like Sixty.”   Bowlers Journal, Feb 1955:15-16.

“Bowl With Your Brain.” (joint interview)  Bowling, Nov 1959:27, 52.

“Et Cetera.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1965:8.

“Hall of Fame Adds Nagy, Fazio, Easter.”  Bowling, Mar 1963:16-17,31.

“Nagy Shows Progress After Suffering Stroke.”  Bowling, Oct 1965:33

“Stars of Today.”  Bowling, Sep 1953:19.

“Steve Nagy—Bowler of the Year.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1952:10.

“Steve Nagy Elected Bowler of the Year.”  Bowling, Oct 1952:12.

“Steve Nagy Wins All-Star.”  Bowling, Feb 1955:11.

“Weber, Fazio, Nagy Rate Tenpin Salute.”  The Sporting News, Mar 9, 1963:22.

“Writers Elect Nagy Bowler of the Year.”  Bowling, Sep 1955:62.

Quoted.  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1959:29.

Obituary.  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1966:16.

Obituary.  Bowling, Dec 1966:22.

Obituary.  Chicago Tribune, Nov 11, 1966:E1.

1963 World’s Invitational Tournament Program

August 11, 2013

1963 World's Invitational

World’s Invitational Tournament 1963

August 9, 2013

The seventh World’s Invitational Tournament was again held at McCormick Place in Chicago, November 21-December 1, 1963. The field remained 128 men, 64 women.