Archive for July, 2014

Fanatorium—Grand Rapids (1954)

July 30, 2014

Fanatorium (Grand Rapids)

40 Jefferson Ave., SE

The place where Marion Ladewig developed her game.



Cone Hermann (1943)

July 28, 2014

Hermann, Cone (1945)


ABC Hall of Fame, 1968


Brunswick Pin Smashers (1961)

July 27, 2014




A Jimmy Blouin Bibliography

July 25, 2014

Jimmy Blouin (1886-1947) won two ABC eagles. However, his specialty was head-to-head competition. In 1921 Blouin beat “unbeatable” Jimmy Smith in a 60-game match. The next year, the 115-game World Classic Tournament was staged to determine bowling’s top man. Blouin won that event, then defeated the next three finishers (including Smith) in three separate matches to become the sport’s first official match-game champion. He defended twice more, then retired undefeated in 1926. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953, Blouin was Bowlers Journal‘s Bowler-of-the-Decade for the 1920s, and was ranked #17 among 20th Century bowlers in the 1999 poll.

Dressel, Jim.  “A Match Play Bowler Supreme.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S-88.

Luby, Mort.  “Mort’s Editorial Comments.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 12, 1924:52.

__________.  “Mort’s Editorial Comments.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 16, 1933:4.

Lueders, Karl.  “The Winner and Still Champ.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:177-78.

Schmidt, J.R. “Blouin in the Wind.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1992:49-52.

Schoeman, Byron.  “Count Gengler Feared Him.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1976:68-69.

__________. “Kid, I Think I’m Going to Win.”  Bowling, Nov 1974:6, 35.

Sixty, Billy.  “Going Like Sixty.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1947:35.

__________.  “Two Jimmys Bring Colorful Pictures to Mind.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 12, 1933:9.

Wolfe, Rocky.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part One.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1934:3, 22, 24.

__________.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part Two.”  Bowlers Journal. Jan 1935:13, 35.

__________.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part Three.”  Bowlers Journal,  Feb 1935:11, 24-26.

__________.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part Four.”  Bowlers Journal,  Mar 1935:11, 31-32.

__________.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part Five.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1935:12-13, 24.

“Back Into Bowling Game.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 7, 1929:1.

“Blouin Defeats Karlicek.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 17, 1917:3.

“Blouin Is Winner Over Scribner by 1119 Pins.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 7, 1925:1,4.

“Blouin Leads Smith for World’s Bowling Title.”  Milwaukee Journal, Apr 21, 1921:19.

“Bowl First Ten Games for World’s Championship Here.” Milwaukee Journal, Apr 20, 1921:17.

“Capacity Crowds See Blouin Perform in Ohio.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 9, 1924:6.

“Chicago.”  Milwaukee Journal, Apr 29, 1921:33.

“Famous Matches: The Blouin-Falcaro Setto.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 21, 1928:65.

“Hall of Famer’s Career Portrayed.”  Bowling, Jul 1981:33.

“Jimmy Blouin and J. Scribner in Championship Match.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 10, 1925:3.

“Jimmy Blouin Fails to Accept Defi of Kartheiser.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 6, 1926:1.

“Jimmy Blouin Leads Champion by 410 Pins in Big Match.” Milwaukee Journal, Apr 28, 1921:19.

“Jimmy Blouin Shows How He Rolls ‘Em.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 21, 1925:5.

“Jimmy Smith Loses Third Series of Tenpin Match.”  Milwaukee Journal, Apr 23, 1921:6.

“Kartheiser Challenges Blouin For $5,000 Purse.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 30, 1926:3.

“New Pin Champ.”  Milwaukee Journal, Apr 30, 1921:6.

“On the Mend.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 17, 1931:1.

“Scribner Confident He Will Take Measure of Blouin.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 24, 1925:4.

“Scribner Faces Hard Task to Overcome Blouin Lead.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 31, 1925:1,4.

“Will He Come Back?”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 10, 1932:38.

ObituaryBowlers Journal, May 1947:2.

Obituary.  Bowling, May 1947:29.

Obituary.  Chicago Tribune, Apr 7, 1947:29.



The Playdium—Albany, NY (1940)

July 23, 2014

Playdium (Albany, NY)

363 Ontario St.

Llo-Da-Mar Bowl—Santa Monica (1946)

July 21, 2014
(L-R)--Leo Rollick, Ray Koukal, J.B. Mackenzie, Johnny Supple, Ernie Soest

(L-R)–Leo Rollick, Ray Koukal, J.B. Mackenzie, Johnny Supple, Ernie Soest

Russell Crable (1908)

July 20, 2014

Crable, Russell (1908)


1 ABC championship (1908-AE)


Mir-O-Magic Bowling Ball Polisher (1952)

July 18, 2014

 Mir-O-Magic - Copy



Champion Recreation—Youngstown (1949)

July 16, 2014

Champion Recreation (Youngstown)

35 N. Champion St.



Doc Ehlke (1942)

July 14, 2014



Milwaukee Bowling Star