A Joe Wilman Bibliography

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)




3 Responses to “A Joe Wilman Bibliography”

  1. gunner Says:

    Where did you get the story about Wilman being cremated with his ball? I never heard that.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Bruce Pluckhahn related the story to me. He went to the wake, and Wilman’s widow told him that the bowling ball was in the casket with Joe, and would be going with him on his final journey. If I did that these days, I guess they’d have to put in my spare ball, too.

  2. Bob Says:

    I just found an autographed copy of the Joe Wilman LP Record. It is in excellent condition. Looks like it has never been played.

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