A Count Gengler Bibliography

John “Count” Gengler (1882-1957) is bowling’s legendary figure.  A native of Luxemburg, he came to the United States in 1914.  He soon began making a living as a traveling bowling hustler–since he bowled palm ball and used only one step, he looked like an easy mark.  When he eventually lost his anonymity, Gengler became an exhibition bowler.  He bowled very few tournaments, though he did team with Harry Cohn to win the Doubles in the 1916 Atlantic Coast Bowling Tournament.  Gengler quit bowling after losing a well-publicized match to Jimmy Smith in 1926.  He spent the rest of his life in New York and New Orleans, raising race horses.

 

BOOKS

Luby, Mort Jr. The History of Bowling (Luby Publishing, 1983), pp. 12-13.

Sayrs, Hank.  The How-To Book of Bowling (Arco, 1962), pp. 130-133.

Scheer, James F.  Bowlers Handbook (Trend Books, 1958), pp. 111-115.

Schmidt, J.R. The Bowling Chronicles (McFarland, 2017), pp. 113-116.

 

UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT

Madrecki, Thomas W. “The Great Getz: An Existential Novel.” (2010)

 

ARTICLES

Alten, Harry G.  “On Frisco Alleys.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 4, 1918:2.

George, Harold.  “Count Gengler Coming Back.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 6, 1933:8.

Luby, Mort Jr.  “A Legend To Count On.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1983:112-113.

Nieman, Bob.  “The Dapper Man with the Cane Was a Hustler at Heart.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S66-S67.

Norris, Joe, att Steve James.  “The Day I Was Taught a Lesson.”  Bowling, Oct 1979:6,41.

Pluckhahn, Bruce.  “Bowling’s Most Noted Hustler.”  Bowling, Dec 1973:4.

Schmidt, J.R.  “Beware the Count.”  Bowlers Journal, May 2003:50.

__________.  “Clash of the Titans, Part I.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:171-172.

__________.  “Lights Out, Gengler’s On.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 2002:80.

__________.  “Myth vs. Reality.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1991:72-73.

__________.  “The Count’s Finest Hour.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1996:36-38.

Schoeman, Byron.  “Count Gengler’s 300 in the Dark.”  Bowling, Jun 1974:4,31.

Sixty, Billy.  “Beware The Count!”  Bowling, Sep 1956:51-52.

“A Little Matter About The Count and Ed Blouin.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 27, 1926:7.

“Beware of the Count: Part One.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1954:16-17,37-38.

“Beware of the Count: Part Two.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1954:16-17.

“Beware the Count.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1963:54-60.

“Count Gengler.”  Hamilton (Ohio) Daily News, Nov 14, 1931:6.

“Count Gengler.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1973:105-109.

“Count Gengler To Appear at Bensinger Houses.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 16, 1926:55.

“Count Gengler Will Seek European Honors.”  Bowlers Journal, Jul 6, 1929:3.

“Count John Gengler Buys Race Horses.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 22, 1927:7.

“Count Outrolls J. Smith.”  Bowlers Journal, May 27, 1916:2.

“Count Wins From Rolfe.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 11, 1915:6.

“Ed Blouin Defeats Count of Luxemburg.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 4, 1915:6.

“Famous Bowling Star to Perform Here Soon.”  Indianapolis Star, Nov 12, 1919:14.

“Gengler Adds to Pin Lead.”  Chicago Tribune, Apr 25, 1919:18.

“Gengler and Smith Sign for World Pin Title Duel.”  Chicago Tribune, Mar 3, 1920:13.

“Gengler in Business at Los Angeles.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 10, 1918:7.

“Gengler Ready to Meet Any Men at All Styles.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 10, 1917:12.

“Gengler Seeking Match With Jimmy Smith.”  LaCrosse Tribune & Leader-Press, Dec 15, 1919:8.

“Jimmy Smith and John Gengler to Start Tour in October.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 25, 1917:3.

“NBA Apparently Defunct; Should Be Aid to ACBA.”  Washington Post, Nov 12, 1916:S2.

“Smith and Gengler Defeating Chicago Pin Men.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 4, 1916:5.

“The ‘Count’ Returns and Gets Into Play.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 14, 1925:6.

“Traveling ‘Count’ in Toledo.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 25, 1915:5.

“Trucks Takes Big Lead In First Half of Match With Gengler.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 6, 1926:1,4.

“Unmasking The Count: Part One” Bowlers Journal, Nov 1934:7,30.

“Unmasking The Count: Part Two” Bowlers Journal, Dec 1934:11,23.

“Unmasking The Count: Part Three.” Bowlers Journal, Jan 1935:19,32.

“Watch Out for The Count.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 20, 1915:6.

“When The Count First Came to Chicago.”  Bowlers Journal, Jul 28, 1917:2.

“Why Gengler Was Barred.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 11, 1916:6.

“You Could Count Him In For Any Pot Game.”  Bowling Digest, Feb 1997:8-9.

Obituary.  Bowlers Journal, Jul 1957:11.

Obituary.  Bowling, Jun 1957:18.

  

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