A Joe Falcaro Bibliography

Joe Falcaro (1896-1951) spent most of his bowling career in New York, knew how to get publicity, and often antagonized people.  When he won the match-game title, he defended once, then fended off all challenges until he was put out of action by a gunshot wound.  These facts have caused many historians to undervalue Falcaro’s bowling talent, and delayed his Hall of Fame election until 1975.  Yet the 1999 Bowlers Journal poll ranked him as high as #27 of 20th Century bowlers–which is still about 26 places lower than Chesty Joe would have ranked himself. 

BOOKS

Falcaro, Joe.  Bowling Handbook.  (Dell, 1953)

Falcaro, Joe, and Murray Goodman.  Bowling For All.  (A.S. Barnes, 1943)

Schmidt, J.R.  “Undefeated Champion” in The Bowling Chronicles.  (McFarland, 2017), pp. 225-226.

ARTICLES

Falcaro, Joe.  “Chesty Pops Off.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1935:20.

__________.  “How to Bowl.”  Mechanix Illustrated, Feb 1940:35-41.

Frank, Stanley.  “The Falcaro Strikes Again.”  Saturday Evening Post, Mar 2, 1946:28-31.

Iden, George.  “Ward vs. Falcaro.”  Bowling, Nov 1982:6,34.

Jacobs, Bruce.  “Just Call Me Fabulous Falcaro.”  Sport, Apr 1948:40-41,72.

Kahl, Harold.  “Who Is Bowling’s Match Champion?”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 10, 1931:17.

Kalman, Victor.  “Falcaro the Great.”  Sports Illustrated, Sep 13, 1954:76.

Luby, Mort.  “Mort’s Meanderings.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1935:20,32.

__________.  “Post Mort ‘Ems.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1951:17.

__________.  “Scribner Leads Falcaro by 158 Pins.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 21, 1929:1,4.

McDonough, Pat.  “Metropolitan Merry-Go-Round.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1947:29.

__________.  “Metropolitan Merry-Go-Round.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1951:20.

__________.  “Most Colorful Personality.”  Bowling, May 1978:4.

Ryder, C.W.  “Falcaro Stages Great Finish to Beat Scribner.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 28, 1929:1,4.

Schmidt, J.R.  “Chestful of Mouth.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1992:91.

Schoeman, Byron.  “Chesty Joe Falcaro.”  Bowling, Sep 1973:4,30.

Scribner, Joe.  “It Seems To Be Up, Mr. Falcaro.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 28, 1931:9.

Sixty, Billy.  “Chesty Joe.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1975:69-70.

__________.  “Chesty Joe Falcaro Dies.”  Milwaukee Journal, Sep 8, 1951:10.

__________.  “Why Not an ABC Match Champ?”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1, 1931:5,34.

Stein, Otto.  “Sez You!”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1935:6.

Taylor, Robert Lewis.  “Man With a Thumb.”  The New Yorker, Apr 5, 1941:25-34.

“Bowling.”  Time, Jan 6, 1930:22.

“Bowling Champ Shows How He Gets That Way.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 10, 1932:27.

“Chesty Joe Has Kid Troup Now.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1938:40,45.

“Eastern Stars Who Will Compete in ABC.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 12, 1924:43.

“Falcaro, Miller Start Match March 31 at Philadelphia.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 23, 1933:3.

“Falcaro Sets World Mark for Five Game Series.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 21, 1933:1.

“Falcaro Trims Scribner by 993 Pins for Singles Match Title.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 15, 1931:6.

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

“Gotham Stars Defeat Philadelphians by Large Margin.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 6, 1930:1,4.

“Joe Falcaro ‘Bowling For Strikes’ in Movies.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1940:37.

“Joe Falcaro Continues to Crack ‘Em Here as He Did in the East.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 21, 1925:30.

“Joe Falcaro Shot on Eve of Match!”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 30, 1933:1.

“Knox and Falcaro in Eastern Title Battle.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 19, 1929:46.

“Miller, Eastern Match Champ, to Meet Falcaro March 4th.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 9, 1933:1,4.

“Ten Pin Sorcery.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1946:10-13.

Obituary.  Bowling, Oct 1951:25.

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