Archive for August, 2014

A Great New Bowling Book

August 31, 2014

HD Book

For the past year, I’ve been corresponding with John Grasso and Eric R. Hartman about bowling history. Now Rowman & Littlefield has brought out their Historical Dictionary of Bowling. Put simply, this is the finest bowling reference book ever published.

There’s 506 pages of everything here. After an introductory essay and a year-by-year chronology, the dictionary itself has over 500 cross-referenced entries. More than half of these are detailed biographies of noted bowlers, past and present.  But we’re not through yet! The appendices provide the yearly results of leading tournaments, an extensive bibliography, and much more.

Check out the publisher’s website–

It’s also available at the usual online book-sellers. You’ll want to get this book.







Dick Watson’s ABC Tournament Photos (1953)

August 29, 2014

ABC Tournament Photos (1953)

Great Lakes Recreation—Detroit (1961)

August 27, 2014

Great Lakes

6366 Woodward Ave.

Ed Lubanski (1958)

August 25, 2014



ABC Hall of Fame, 1971

#24 Bowler of the 20th Century

Bowler of the Year, 1958-59

All-American, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1958-59

World’s Invitational champion, 1958

Match Game Doubles champion, 1950

5 ABC championships (1951-TAE, 1959-AE, 1959-S, 1959-T, 1959-TAE)

1 PBA title

Anchor Bowl

August 24, 2014

Anchor Bowl

1859 Burr Oak Ave. (Blue Island)


Chuck O’Donnell for King Louie (1952)

August 22, 2014

O'Donnell for King Louie (1952)

Hap Morse Bowling Alleys—Dallas (1939)

August 20, 2014

Hap Morse Dallas 1938

1515 Young St.

Rags Ragogna (1945)

August 18, 2014

Ragogna, Rags (1945)


St. Paul Bowling Star

First Bowler to roll two consecutive 800 series (1934) 




Ferguson Lanes—Ferguson, MO

August 17, 2014

103--Ferguson Lanes

123 S. Florissant Rd. 


Spalding Bowling Shoes (1909)

August 15, 2014

Spalding Bowling Shoes (1909)

No, I don’t know what’s an “electric sole!”