Archive for September, 2020

Cloverlanes—Livonia, MI (1968)

September 29, 2020

28900 Schoolcraft Rd.


Dave Davis Bowling Book (1977)

September 27, 2020

Frank Favour (1906)

September 24, 2020


1 ABC championship (1906-S)

North End Alleys—Tacoma (1944)

September 22, 2020

3806 N. 26th St.

Southport Lanes—R.I.P.

September 20, 2020


Southport Lanes—3325 North Southport Avenue—has long been celebrated as Chicago’s last-remaining, traditional pinboy bowling alley.  A few days ago the Tribune announced that Southport was closing on September 27th, a victim of the COVID lockdowns.


After things return to normal, perhaps some visionary entrepreneur will resurrect Southport.  Here’s hoping!



Joe Norris Demonstrates Bad Etiquette (1942)

September 17, 2020

In 1942 Bowling magazine published an article about etiquette on the lanes.  To illustrate bad manners, they enlisted the help of Joe Norris, then at the height of his competitive career.

I got to know Joe in his later years, but didn’t run across these pictures until after he’d passed away.  Too bad—I would’ve loved to have had him talk about this photo shoot.  I bet he had fun!

And yes, in 1942 many men did bowl in dress shirt and tie.


Spare Time Games—Cincinnati (1960)

September 15, 2020

FRONT—Clara Zaph, Alice Gilkey, Shirley Schroder REAR—Ruth Kemper, Boots Mills

Andy Varipapa Bowling Shoes (1935)

September 13, 2020

Joe Joseph (1962)

September 10, 2020


Bowling Hall of Fame, 1969

#53 Bowler of the 20th Century

All-American, 1960-61, 1961-62

PBA Tournament of Champions winner, 1962

Match Game Doubles champion, 1962

3 ABC championships (1959-T, 1959-TAE, 1963-CD)

2 PBA titles

Eclipse—Chicago (1907)

September 8, 2020

FRONT—Ed Northram, Joe Graf   REAR–Alex Holmberg, Karl Koenig, Bud Volmar