Archive for October, 2013

Brentwood Canyon Bowling Shirts (1949)

October 30, 2013

Brentwood Canyon Bowling Shirts (1949)

Butch Soper (1966)

October 28, 2013

Soper, Butch (1966)

(1949-  )

PBA National champion, 1996

1 ABC championship (1979-CT)

6 PBA titles

Skyway Bowl

October 27, 2013

Skyway Bowl

9935 S. Torrence Ave.

Still in business!

Walter Reppenhagen (1949)

October 21, 2013

Reppenhagen, Walter (1949)


Match Game Doubles champion, 1944

2 ABC championships (1934-AE, 1934-T)

Milford Recreation—Chicago

October 20, 2013

131--Milford Recreation

3315 N. Milwaukee Ave. 



Billy Welu for Grip Master (1963)

October 18, 2013

Welu for Grip Master (1963)

Stroh’s Beer—Detroit (1939)

October 16, 2013

FRONT–Carl Peters (mgr) REAR–Cass Grygier, Fred Wolf, Joe Norris, Phil Bauman, Walter Reppenhagen

Walter Ward (1952)

October 14, 2013

Ward, Walter (1952)


Bowling Hall of Fame, 1959

#90 Bowler of the 20th Century

All-American, 1939-40, 1940-41, 1945-46

“The Man with the Crooked Cigar”

A Joe Wilman Bibliography

October 11, 2013

Joe Wilman (1905-1969) was ranked #13 among 20th Century bowlers in the 1999 Bowlers Journal poll. He was elected to the bowling Hall of Fame in 1951, the first man chosen after the 11 charter members. Wilman was a six-time All-American.  Fresh out of the World War II army, he posted one of the greatest-ever seasons by a bowler in 1945-46, winning both the All-Star Tournament and the ABC All Events championship.  He remained a top-level competitor until a heart attack felled him at the 1958 ABC Tournament.  Thereafter he confined himself to instructing.  When Wilman died in 1969, his favorite bowling ball was cremated along with him. 


Wilman, Joe.  Better Bowling.  (A.S. Barnes, 1953)

__________.  Let’s Go Bowling.  (National Research Bureau, 1956)

__________.  Your Bowling Handbook.  (Brunswick, 1958)


Archibald, John J.  “Courage Wins Over All.”  Bowling, Oct 1959:28.

Beach, Robert W.  “Collecting Bowling Awards Hobby for Joe Wilman.” Bowling, Oct 1942:10-11.

Biondo, Angelo.  “The Miserable Failure.”  Bowling, Oct 1948:15,38.

Gray, Ray.  “Nine Down—One Up!”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1951:33-34.

Kinsey, John R. “First Aid for Bowlers” Popular Mechanics, Oct 1947:106-111.

Kouros, Tom.  “Bringing the Legends to Life.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1986:42-43.

McPhaul, Jack.  “Ex-Pinboy Now Kingpin.”  The Sporting News, Mar 3, 1948, sec 2:8.

Nelson, Ray.  “Memories of California.”  Bowling, Feb 1972:2,45.

__________.  “Ned Day Tops Wilman After Five Meets.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1946:13.

__________.  “Ned Day vs. Joe Wilman in Cross-Country Match.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1946:9.

__________.  “Wilman-Day Match.”  Bowling, Jan 1971:4,40.

Schmidt, J.R.  “Lillard vs. Wilman All-Star Final.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 2010:26.

__________.  “One Soldier’s Story.”  Bowlers Journal, Jul 1997:99.

__________.  “The Forgotten Man.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1992:34.

__________.  “The Wilman-Day Road Show of 1946.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 2012:24.

Shub, Seymour.  “A Guy Named Joe.”  Bowling, Sep 1946:4. 

__________.  “New Role For an Old Pro.”  Bowling, Sep 1960:29,79.

Turay, Ken.  “All’s Right in Seattle—Joe Wilman’s There.”  Bowling, Mar 1945:19.

Vignolle, Gus.  “West Coast Pin Pointer.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1946:19.

Whitney, Eli.  “Buck Wilman’s Gang From 1939 to 1949.”  Bowling, Jan 1951:10-11,18.

Wilman, Joe.  “National Stars In Action: Ned Day.”  Bowling, Dec 1953:14-15.

Wilman, Joe, att Sam Weinstein.  “Learn to Bowl.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1939:24-25.

“An Accolade For Joe.”  Bowling, Jun 1959:15,39.

“Charley Daw Comes From Behind Over Wilman.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 3, 1928:7.

“Charley Daw to Defend Title Against Joe Wilman of Chicago.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 18, 1928:1

“Here’s How To Bowl.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1945:20-21.

“J. Wilman’s 789 Wins Interstate Bowling Singles.”  Chicago Tribune, Feb 8, 1938:23.

“Joe Wilman.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1947:19.

“Joe Wilman: A Great Star Shows His Championship Form.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1946:19.

“Joe Wilman Is the New Champ.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1946:8-9,33.

“Ned Day Scores Decisive Victory in Pin Duel with Wilman.”  Bowling, Dec 1946:22.

“Plenty of Fire.”  ABC Bulletin, Apr 16, 1939:15.

“Stolen Bowling Medals Returned to Wilman.”  Bowling, May 1945:23.

“This Is the Way I Do It.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1947:17,34.

“Wilman Claims Highest League Average, 223-60.”  Bowling, Jul 1948:24.

“Wilman Quits Classic League; Doctor Orders 3-Month Rest.”  Bowling, May 1949:19.

“Wilman Sets Up Another Trophy on His Mantle.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1946:6.

“Wilman Takes All-Star Title.”  Bowling, Jan 1946:21.

Quoted.  Bowling, Aug 1949:14.

__________. Bowling, Sep 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Oct 1949:18.

__________. Bowling, Nov 1949:18.

__________. Bowling, Dec 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Jan 1950:31.

__________. Bowling, Feb 1950:36.

Obituary.  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1969:26.

Obituary.  Bowling, Dec 1969:34-35.


“Joe Wilman Shows You How to Bowl Your Best.” (LP record, 1961)



Cascade Recreation

October 9, 2013

Cascade interior

3825 W. Madison St.