A Buddy Bomar Bibliography

Herbert Booth “Buddy” Bomar (1916-1989) was rated #18 in the Bowlers Journal ranking of 20th Century bowlers. Moving from Texas to Chicago in 1942, he soon began earning a national reputation. Bomar won the 1944-45 All-Star, shared the Match-Game Doubles title in 1944 and 1950, and captured both editions of the 1947 Petersen Classic. He captained teams that won the Match-Game Team title and two ABC eagles. All these accomplishments resulted in Bomar being named Bowler of the Year twice, an All-American five times, and Bowler of the Decade for the 1940s. He was elected to the ABC Hall of Fame in 1966.   


Bomar, Buddy, att Byron Schoeman. “European Trip.” Bowling, Mar 1975:4,42-43.

Bomar, Mrs. Herbert. “Buddy Bomar Bowls.” Bowling, Dec 1942:13,23.

Fitzgerald, Jim. “A Stock Broker Looks at Bowling.” Bowling, Mar 1966:34-36,62.

Gatzow, Verlin E. “Krumske Yields Match Crown to Bomar.” Bowling, Jan 1945:19.

Nelson, Ray. “Bomar Tosses $2,000 Strike.” Bowlers Journal, Sep 1945:12,47.

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

O’Leary, Andy. “Buddy Bomar on Exhibition Tour.” Bowlers Journal, May-Jun 1945:19.

Pluckhahn, Bruce. “Buddy’s Final Curtain Call.” Bowlers Journal, Jan 1990:57.

Ripple, Jack. “On Tour With Flesch and Bomar.” Bowling, Oct 1944:16.

Schmidt, J.R. “Bowling’s Odd Couple.” Bowlers Journal, Jul 2002:91.

__________. “He Knew How to Win.” Bowlers Journal, Aug 1994:69.

__________. “Perfection on the Clock.” Bowlers Journal, May 2001:26.

Schoeman, Byron. “Buddy Bomar Is New Match King.” Bowlers Journal, Dec 1944:5.

Sixty, Billy. “Buddy Bomar, Bowling Bombshell.”  Sport, Nov 1948:48-50.

Smith, John. “Bomar Story.” Bowling, Dec 1950:12-13,22.

Walker, Paul. “Buddy Bomar Selected Bowler of the Year.” Bowlers Journal, Sep 1947:11,29.

Whitney, Eli. “Tenpin Stars On Parade.” Bowling, Sep 1950:28,35.

Zinser, Joan Taylor. “Team Player Through Thick and Thin.”Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S-81.

“Bomar and Benkovic Are on Tour of Germany.” Bowling, Oct 1948:37.

“Bomar Elected to Hall of Fame.” Bowling, Feb 1966:22.

“Bomar Gets Top Rating.” Bowlers Journal, Dec 1945:9.

“Bomar, Habetler Capture Petersen’s; Ed Easter Wins DeVito.” Bowlers Journal, Mar 1947:64.

“Bomar Suggested Bowler of the Year.” Bowlers Journal, Oct 1945:11,42.

“Bomar Wins Petersen Tenpin Meet in Buffalo,” Chicago Tribune, May 19, 1947:30.

“Bomar’s Biggest Strike Came in 1947 Petersen.” Bowling, Jan 1967:42.

“Bomar’s Purse Grows.” Chicago Tribune, May 16, 1942:3.

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

“Buddy Bomar Sets Terrific Pace in Matches.” Bowlers Journal, Apr 1945:12.

“Dallas Dynamite.” Bowling, Dec 1, 1940:5.

“Overseas Trundling.” Bowlers Journal, Oct 1948:21,43.

“Proprietors Lift Bomar’s Suspension and Fine.”  Bowling, May 1948:29.

“The Days of Pine and Thunder.” (interview) Bowlers Journal, Aug 1977:90-97.

“This Is the Way I Do It.” Bowlers Journal, Mar 1947:59,65.

Quoted. Bowling, Aug 1949:14.

__________. Bowling, Sep 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Oct 1949:18,29.

__________. Bowling, Nov 1949:18.

__________. Bowling, Dec 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Jan 1950:31.

__________. Bowling, Feb 1950:36.

Obituary. Bowlers Journal, Jan 1990:57.

Obituary. Bowling, Mar 1990:36-37.



5 Responses to “A Buddy Bomar Bibliography”

  1. Chris Almvig Says:

    My grandfather owned a bowling alley in the suburbs of Chicago, before there were electric pin-spotters. I remember seeing Buddy Bomar and somehow I saved a photo of him and the child bowler,Twinkle. I have an 8×10 photo of them together and it’s signed by Twinkle. I can send you an attachment if you like. I’d like to sell it and perhaps put it on eBay, but don’t know what price to put on it. Can you help, or do you know anyone who might want to buy it? Many thanks, Chris

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      The market for bowling memorabilia is very limited. Your best bet probably is ebay.

      • Chris Almvig Says:

        Thanks JR, for getting back to me.  I figured as much, but thought I’d give your Blog a try. Chris

  2. Mike Gonzalez Says:

    Any idea where I can find the article “This Is the Way I Do It.” Bowlers Journal, Mar 1947:59,65?

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Hi Mike–

      This is one article that I happen to have in my files. However, in those days the magazine was on a large “Life” format, and I can’t easily send a copy as an email attachment. If you give me your mailing address on my private account (docjake300@hotmail.com), I’ll send you a copy via U.S. mail.


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