Bill Hill Stop-Action (1979)

6 Responses to “Bill Hill Stop-Action (1979)”

  1. Marty San Felippo Says:

    Any time I see illustrations of Ned Day bowling, I can’t help but to reflect back on my childhood. In 1958 at age 13, I bowled in a junior league at Ben Day Bowl in West Allis, Wisconsin. Ned was in partnership with George Bence. It was a 16 lane Brunswick center located in a modest neighborhood. My parents were acquaintances with Ned and his wife Francis.
    I would arrive at the center on Satruday mornings one hour before the league started. Many Saturday’s Ned would be practicing on lanes 13 & 14. Seated behind on a fold out spectator seat, I would watch Ned throw which seemed to be strike after strike.
    Knowing that he was my childhood idol, my father asked Ned if he would give his son a bowling lesson. Naturally, Ned said yes, and a Thursday at 4pm (after school) was set. When my father surprised me of the pending lesson, my heart raced with excitement knowing that Ned Day the greatest bowler in the world was goint to teach me to throw a hook (although small in those days) and strike at will.
    This had to have been the longest school day of my life. When I arrived at 4pm, Louie Pisarski a staple employee at the center gave me lane 11 and I threw a couple of practice balls.
    Oh my God, here comes Ned. He greeted me, put his right hand on my left shoulder and asked me I knew where the 10 pin was. Of course, I said yes. Ned then told me he wanted me to throw one hundred 10 pins. When I would make one, i could deduct it from the one hundred. If I missed, I would have to add two to the remaining number. With that Ned turned around and walked away.
    Needless to say, I was very disappointed. I was expecting something totally different.
    I would not be able to tell you what my second lesson was, but I can assure you, I will never forget that first lesson. It wasn’t until years later that I understood and appreciated the importance of making spares.
    Today, i have applied Ned’s first lesson, to every one of my students.
    That year, I was teamed up with Ned Day jr in the league. Junior averaged 175 and I averaged 165.
    As a follow up: In 1964 at age 19, I bowled in the Milwaukee Five Star Classic League. After league I would sit at the bar with my teammates, one of which was Al Savas. I only drank soda. One night around 2am, on my way home while at a stop light in West Allis, I see an individual stumbling across the street right in front of my car. By the time I realized that it was Ned Day, he had already crossed the street. I am not ashamed to tell you that I sat in my car and cried watching my idol in that condition.
    Ned Day sadly passed on Nov.26,1971 at age 60 and penniless!
    So very, very sad!

  2. George Koren Says:

    Kool Pictures !
    I knew Bill Hill at that time in 1979.
    The Pictures are in Empire Bowl !!
    I recognize the place !!

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      I went to high school with Bill, and bowled with and against him until he died—much too soon—in 1990. We all miss the “Big D.”

      • George Koren Says:

        Neat !!
        I was a pinsetter service mechanic at the time, that’s how I knew Him.

      • J.R. Schmidt Says:

        You must have taken over from Ed Geffert. He was the mechanic there when I was a kid in the 1960s.

      • George Koren Says:

        Yes, I worked with Ed and when he went to Florida in 1975, he sold me the business which I continued until 1990. Good years back then.
        I also had a cousin that was a local “pro” named Paul Geyer. Paul moved to California in 1976, and passed away in 2007.

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