Archive for August, 2021

Automobowl Classic

August 31, 2021

The Automobowl Classic was a five-game individual sweeper based in Detroit.  The first Automobowl was staged in 1948 at State Fair Recreation, while the ABC Tournament was in session at the nearby State Fair Coliseum.  After the ABC left, the tournament continued on as an annual event, drawing an entry of top bowlers from throughout the Midwest.  In 1956 it moved to Hall’s Recreation. The last Automobowl was bowled in 1961—the same year the ABC returned to Detroit.   

1948  Johnny Crimmins, Detroit . . . . . . . . .  1127

1949  Paul Cito, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1096

1950  Rudy Walby, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1115

1951  Dick Hoover, Akron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1030

1952  Lou Farkas, Toledo  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1082

1953  Bill Gerlach, Lapeer, MI . . . . . . . . . . .  1102

1954  Harry Smith, Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . .  1122

1955  Greg Demres, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . .   1089

1956  Stanley Pitera, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . .  1073

1957  Harry Smith. Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1114

1958  Billy Golembiewski, Detroit . . . . . . . . .  1088

1959  Jack Curry, Lansing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1084

1960  Don Glyinski, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1084

1961  Dale Seavoy, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1103

Tournament suspended

Petersen’s Famous Drives—Chicago (1931)

August 29, 2021

aka Archer-35th Recreation

Garden Center Alleys—Alexandria, MN (1946)

August 26, 2021

503 Hawthorne St.

Max Stein Bowling Shoes (1937)

August 24, 2021

Hyde Park Bowl

August 22, 2021

5122 S. Lake Park Ave.

Marge Merrick (1962)

August 19, 2021

(1924-2011)

Bowling Hall of Fame, 1980

All-American, 1961-62

World’s Invitational champion, 1961

Jefferson Clothiers—Dayton (1932)

August 17, 2021

(L-R)--Tom Zavakos, Harry Rosenkranz, Howard Sanders, Curly Gaylor, Hal Stewart

(L-R)–Tom Zavakos, Harry Rosenkranz, Howard Sanders, Curly Gaylor, Hal Stewart

Arthur E. Langlo Alley Maintenance (1960)

August 15, 2021

Pete Carter (1956)

August 12, 2021

(1912-1983)

1 ABC championship (1951-TAE)

Maxie Kosof for Brigham City Bowl (1969)

August 10, 2021

For more on Maxie Kosof, see my story “When Bowlers Flocked To Utah To Test Their Endurance” in this month’s BOWLERS JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL.