Archive for the ‘BIBLIOGRAPHY’ Category

A Hank Marino Bibliography

December 9, 2016

Hank Marino (1889-1976) was the first person elected to the bowling Hall of Fame in 1941.  Ten years later, a national poll of writers named him Bowler of the Half-Century.  Forty-eight years after that, Marino still achieved a 4th place rank on BJI‘s all-century list.  If you want to know how he earned such respect, consult the list of articles below.


Marino, Hank, and Billy Sixty.  Bowling: How To Improve Your Game (Prentice-Hall, 1940).

Schmidt, Doug.  They Came To Bowl.  (Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, 2007), pp. 59-64.

Weiskopf, Herman.  The Perfect Game (Prentice-Hall, 1978), pp. 218-221.


Beach, Robert W.  “Hank Marino—His Story: Part One.”  Bowling, Nov 1, 1941:10-11, 18-19.

__________.  “Hank Marino—His Story: Part Two.”  Bowling, Nov 15, 1941:10-11, 16-17. 

Boylan, Ken.  “Marino the League Bowler.”  Bowling, Dec 1983:6, 48.

Dressel, Jim.  “Ball For Sale.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1993:189.

Luby, Mort.  “It’s ‘King Marino’ Now.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1, 1932:3,14.

__________.  “Hank Marino, Champ of Champs.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1936:8,13.

Marino, Hank.  “Learn to Bowl.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1938:30-31.

__________.  “Our Guest Column.”  ABC Bulletin, Aug 16, 1939:5.

Martino, John.  “Some Things You May Not Know About Hank Marino.”  ABC Bulletin, Apr 15, 1937:6.

Marzich, Andy, att Don Snyder.  “Hank Marino’s Last Game—Perfection.”  Bowling, Jun 1977:6.

Nelson, Ray.  “The Superlative Hank Marino is Dead at 86.”  Bowling, Aug 1976:6.

Schmidt, J.R.  “Before Carter, Weber, and Anthony.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 2015:14.

__________.  “Marino the Magnificent.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1991:91.

__________.  “Who Was Better—Smith or Marino?”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 2007:55.

Sixty, Billy.  “Hank Marino.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1963:22-28.

__________.  “Hank Marino: A Natural.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1976:62-63.

__________.  “Hank Marino—A Sweet Story For a Friend to Write.”  Bowlers Journal, May 15,      1932:3.

__________.  “Three Hundred Friends Honor Marino.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1951:12.

Smith, John L.  “Greatest of Them All.”  Bowling, Jun 1951:10-11, 27.

Snyder, Don.  “Arrivederci, Shoemaker.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1976:50-56.

__________.  “Marino Still Super ‘Salesman.’”  Bowling, Oct 1970:20-21,29.

__________.  “Second Ain’t All Bad.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1970:14.

Walter, John.  “Marino Is Bowler of the Half Century.”  Bowlers Journal, Jun 1951:9,23.

“Book and Television to Feature Hank Marino.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1952:18.

“Chicago Men Win From St. Louisans in Intercity Match.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 12, 1918:3,7.

“Famed Marino Recreation Closes Doors for Last Time.”  Bowling, Mar 1965:61.

“Greatest Bowler of the Half-Century.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S39-S40.

“Hank Marino Gives Friends Chance to Gloat.”  Bowlers Journal, May 4, 1918:5.

“Hank Marino Honored by L.A. Pin Group.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1955:6.

“Henry Marino.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 27, 1918:1.

“Henry S. ‘Hank’ Marino.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 22, 1924:1.

“Jimmy Smith Wins from Hank Marino by Large Margin.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 13, 1918:2.

“Marino and Kaad Compete for Greater Chicago Honors.”  Bowlers Journal, May 9, 1917:1,5.

“Marino and Smith to Meet in Big Contest.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 30, 1918:3.

“Marino Contributes Collection to ABC.”  Bowling, Sep 1972:27.

“Marino’s Bad Luck Ball Produces Two 300 Slams.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1944:8-9.

“Pair of 300’s Highlight Marino’s 832 Triple.”  Bowling, Apr 1944:22.

“The Hank Marino Legacy.”  Bowling: ABC Members Only Edition 1995:14.

A Dick Weber Bibliography

July 29, 2016

Dick Weber (1929-2005) may have been the greatest bowler in history.  He is certainly among the top three or four.  Weber won 26 PBA titles, and 4 All-Star tournaments in 5 years.  Bowlers Journal named him a first team All-American ten times.  He was also a three-time Bowler-of-the-Year.  A favorite with the fans, he was often called “Bowling’s Greatest Ambassador.”  


Evans, Dick.  “Dick Weber” in 50 Greatest Players in PBA History (Luby Publishing, 2009), pp. 36-39.

Graham, Frank Jr.  Bowling Secrets of the Stars (MacFadden-Bartell, 1962), pp. 23-35.

Weber, Dick.  The Champion’s Guide to Bowling (Fleet, 1957).

Weber, Dick  & Roland Alexander.  Weber on Bowling (Prentice-Hall, 1981).

Weiskopf, Herman.  The Perfect Game (Prentice-Hall, 1978), pp. 226-229.


Archibald, John J.  “Dick Weber Still Has the Winning Touch.”  Bowling Digest, Feb 1984:22-27. 

__________.  “Glove Man.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1957:40-41.

__________.  “Half Million Dollar Man.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1976:62-67.

__________.  “I’ll Kill That Kid!”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1977:11-12.

__________.  “Mission in Moscow.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1973:42-45.

__________.  “Two Dick Webers to Deal With.”  Bowling, Mar 1969:37.

__________.  “Weber Glimmers in the Gateway City.”  Bowling Digest, Aug 1999:10-11.

__________.  “Wondrous Year For Weber.”  Bowling, Sep 1969:24-25,68.

Bradford, Doug.  “Weber’s Oversized Ball.”  Bowling, Nov 1981:5. 

Denny, Dick. “A Touch Like Ted’s.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1961:17-20.

__________.  “Not Worried, Just Concerned.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1964:11-14.

__________.  “The Charmed Life.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:208-209.

__________.  “The Odd Couple.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1981:54-58.

Evans, Dick. “A New Fire on The Lanes.”  Bowling Digest, Dec 1992:45-47.

__________.  “Heavenly Re-Rack.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1986:78.

__________.  “This Legend Is a Fountain of Youth.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S43-S44.  

Herbst, Dan.  “Cosby and Weber: Co-Stars.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1997:97.

Johnson, Bob.  “A Match-Up for the Ages.”  Bowlers Journal, May 2000:46-49.

Lichstein, Larry.  “The Splendid Splinter.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1977:34.

Omura, Yoshikazu.  “The ‘King’ Returns.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1989:80.

Pezzano, Chuck.  “Durable Dick Weber.”  The Sporting News, Jun 1, 1974:54. 

__________.  “Instinct Important For Bowlers.”  Bowling, Mar 1973:44.

__________.  “Peers Pick Weber as All-Time Champion.”  The Sporting News, Oct 7, 1978:55.

__________.  “Take It From the Pros.”  Bowling, Jan 1971:42.

__________.  “Weber: The Champion’s Champion.”  Bowling, Nov 1983:54.

Pluckhahn, Bruce.  “Weber’s Home Is Hall of Fame.”  Bowling Digest, Feb 1999:8-10.

Schmidt, J.R.  “Little Big Man.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 2005:67.

Taylor, Joan.  “Like Father, Unlike Son.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1982:82-86.

Vint, Bill.  “A ‘Bum’ No More.”  Bowling, May 1992:20-22.

Weber, Dick, att Bruce Pluckhahn.  “My First Ball on TV—a Gutter Ball.”  Bowling, May 1976:6.

Weber, Dick, att Jerry Levine.  “Weber’s Errant Toss Most Memorable.”  Bowling, Feb 1988:6.

Wilson, Frank.  “Hoosier Hot Shot.”  Bowling, Apr 1953:16.

“A New Course, Of Course.”  (interview)  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1983:53-67

“An ‘Old Dog’ Learns New Tricks.”  Bowling, Mar 1994:30-31.

“Dick and Pete Weber.”  (joint interview)  Bowling Digest, Aug 1989:10-13.

“Dick Weber.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1978:82.

“Dick Weber.”  (interview)  Bowling Digest, Aug 1988:12-16.

“Dick Weber.”  (mini-bio)  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1986:29.

“Dick Weber.”  (mini-bio)  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1996:28.

“Dick Weber Hits the Mark.”  Bowling Digest, Feb 1988:10.

“Does Weber Own the PBA Tour?”  Bowlers Journal, Jun 1961:54,58.

“Hall in the Family.” (joint interview)  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1999:40-50.

“Life In the Slow Lane.”  (interview)  Bowlers Journal, Jul 1989:42-51.

“Norris, Weber to Bowl as Doubles Partners.”  Bowling, Nov 1999:49.

“Prime Time Players.” (joint interview)  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1999:42-46,50-57.

“The Dick Weber Legacy.”  Bowling: ABC Members Only Edition 1995:16.

“The Man Behind the Legend.”  (interview)  Bowlers Journal, Jul 1979:33-41.

“The Man of The Decades.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1983:26-32.

“The Man Who Made the Calendars Stand Still.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1985:54-61.

“Today, Weber Could Buy the Whole Store.”  Bowling, Sep 1969:26-27.

“Weber, Fazio, Nagy Rate Tenpin Salute.”  The Sporting News, Mar 9, 1963:22.

“Weber Rides Again.”  (interview)  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1992:38-44.

“Wow, It’s Wonderful.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1961:59-62.

A Joe Norris Bibliography

May 23, 2016

No bowler had as long a career at the top as Joe Norris (1908-2001).  He rolled his first perfect game when he was 18—at the time, he was considered the youngest bowler to shoot a 300.  He bowled his last perfect game when he was 86—and became the oldest bowler to accomplish the fete.  In between he had a Hall-of-Fame career.  A selection of Norris articles follows.

Bradford, Doug.  “Boy Wonder Still Weighty at Eighty.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S62-S63.

Cruchon, Steve.  “Detroiters Say Goodbye to Joe Norris.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1946:39,59.

__________.  “Joe Norris, and How He Does It.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1946:9,20,26.

__________.  “Norris Leaves Stroh’s For Chicago Post.”  Bowling, Dec 1946:11,35.

__________.  “Norris-Varipapa vs. Burton-Day.”  Bowling, Oct 1971:4,31.

__________.  “The Unforgettable Joe Norris.”  Bowling, Sep 1963:27-29, 74-75.

Gates, Don.  “Tenpins’ Clone Arranger.”  Bowlers Journal, Jul 1999:36.

Herbst, Dan.  “Just Color Him an Extraordinary Joe.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1990:74-77.

Johnson, Bob.  “From the Pits to the Penthouse.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1985:64-67.

__________.  “Match-Up for the Ages.”  Bowlers Journal, May 2000:46-49.

Kouros, Tom.  “A Tribute to a Guy Named Joe.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1992:34.

Lidz, Franz.  “The Boy Wonder vs. The Masked Marvel.”  Bowling Digest, Aug 1985:44-45.

Luby, Mort Jr.  “Joe: He Was Never Dull.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1963:16-24.

Norris, Joe, att Steve James.  “The ‘Good Old Days’ with Joe Norris.” Bowling, Mar. 1979:6,19

Norris, Joe, with Dan Herbst.  “Bowling Tailor-Made for Seniors If Proper Adjustments Are Followed.”  Bowling, May 1990:40.

Pezzano, Chuck.  “Speed—An Ally or Killer.”  Bowling, Oct 1978:42.

Pluckhahn, Bruce.  “Fun-Loving Joe Norris.”  Bowling, Mar 1972:4,36.

__________.  “Not You Average Joe.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1992:57-60.

Schmidt, J.R.  “A Man of Forever.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 2001:28.

__________.  “No Joe at the ABC?”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 2000:107.

Schneider, Jerry.  “Norris Makes Tournament History, and Does It in Grand Style.”  Bowling,   May 1986:8-9.

Smith, John L.  “The Real Joe Norris.”  Bowling, Jun 1952:8-9,18.

Snyder, Don.  “Give This Man a Hand.”  Bowling, Mar 1992:20-25.

Tuerk, Fred.  “Joe Norris Seeks 5th K of C Title.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1935:12.

Vint, Bob.  “From The Editor.”  Bowling, Mar 1992:6.

__________.  “‘I Told You So.'”  Bowling, Mar 1995:50-52.

__________.  “71 and Counting.”  Bowling, May 2000:16-23.

Zanger, Jack.  “Bowling is Eveybody’s Sport.”  Sport, Apr 1955:36-41.

“A Man For the Ages.” (interview)  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1996:36-44.

“Catholic Weekly Pays Tribute to Joe Norris.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1952:18.

“Columbian Tour Offered Joe Norris Chance to Spread His Magic.”  Bowling, Apr 1978:16.

“Honor Joe Norris.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1947:43.

“Joe Norris.” (mini-bio)  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1984:18.

“Joe Norris.” (mini-bio)  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1992:33.

“Leading Pin Star of the Day.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1, 1930:1,5.

“No Sanction: Joe Norris Plans to Bowl Another 300.”  Bowling, Nov 1994:52.

“Norris, Weber to Bowl as Doubles Partners.”  Bowling, Nov 1999:49.

“Prime Time Players.” (joint interview)  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1999:42-46,50-57.

“The Joe Norris Legacy.”  Bowling: ABC Members Only Edition 1995:15.

“The Joker Is Wild.” (interview)  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1978:35-39.

“The Twentieth Century According to Joe Norris.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1999:48-49.

“This Is the Way I Do It.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1947:17,34.

“300 Hail Norris at Testimonial Dinner.”  Bowling, Mar 1963:29.

Quoted.  Bowling, Aug 1949:14.

__________. Bowling, Sep 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Oct 1949:29.

__________. Bowling, Nov 1949:18.

__________. Bowling, Dec 1949:31.

__________. Bowling, Jan 1950:31.

__________. Bowling, Feb 1950:36.

Obituary. Bowlers Journal, Mar 2001:74-77.

Obituary. Bowling, May 2001:4.

Obituary. Bowling Digest, Jun 2001:38-39.

Obituary. Bowling News, Feb 20, 2001:1.

Obituary. New York Times, Feb 21, 2001:5.

A Billy Welu Bibliography

October 12, 2015

Billy Welu (1932-1974) was a great bowler.  He won the 1958-59 All-Star Tournament, and back-to-back Masters in 1964 and 1965—as well as 4 ABC eagles, 2 PBA titles, and an assortment of minor events.  A seven-time All-American, Welu was ranked #22 bowler of the 20th Century in the BJI poll.  While he was accomplishing all this on the lanes, he found time to be the color commentator on ABC-TV’s PBA Tour broadcasts.  He died suddenly at age 41 in 1974.  A year later, he was elected to the bowling Hall of Fame.


Welu, Billy, with Jerry Levine. Add 30 Pins To Your Bowling Score. New York: Crown, 1972.


Archibald, John J. “Big Billy Welu.” Bowlers Journal, Apr 1959:11-14.

__________. “Foes Fall Like Tenpins Before Welu’s Torrid Masters Tempo.” The Sporting News, Jun 12, 1965:42.

__________. “Mileage Master.” Bowling, Sep 1959:28.

__________. “Pin Star Welu to Seek Third Masters Title.” The Sporting News, May 14, 1966:42.

Boyle, Hal. “King-Sized Texan Billy Welu.” Bowling Illustrated, Oct 1958:22.

Cardwell, Damon. “We All Loved Mr. Billy.” Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:17.

Cruchon, Steve. “Welu Makes Two.” Bowling Illustrated, Sep 1959:26.

Dressel, Jim. “Requiem for Billy.” Bowlers Journal, Jun 1974:74-75.

Feeney, Bob. “A New Face, a Familiar Face.” Bowlers Journal, Feb 1959:7-11.

Levine, Jerry. “Adding a Touch of Color to the Telecasts.” Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S-23.

Luby, Mort Jr. “Editorial.” Bowlers Journal, Jul 1974:6.

__________. “Pinfall.” Bowlers Journal, Nov 1959:16.

Nelson, Ray. “Bowling’s Big Man.” Bowling, Jul 1974:4,29.

Pezzano, Chuck. “Death Pushed Welu Into Shrine.” The Sporting News, Feb 15, 1975:30.

__________. “Do Bowling Aids Help?” Bowling, May 1972:62.

__________. “Sitting on a Powder Keg.” Official Bowling Review, Jan 1961:50-54.

__________. “Welu—A Man of Many Talents.” The Sporting News, Jun 8, 1974:55.

Pluckhahn, Bruce. “Big Man’s Blitz.” Bowling, May 1964:18-19,38.

__________. “Billy Welu.” Bowling, Jul 1974:29.

__________. “Stars On Parade.” Bowling, Feb 1959:32,76.

__________. “The Big Boy from Texas.” Bowling, Jul 1956:13,18-19.

__________.  “Welu, Ladewig Win in All-Star.” Bowling, Feb 1959:35.

Robersen, Bill. “A Wing-Dinger for Welu.” Bowling, Jul 1965:16-17.

Schmidt, J.R. “Smooth as Iced Jello.” Bowlers Journal, Apr 2004:64.

Welu, Billy, att Dick Denny. “My 22 Months in Limbo.” Bowlers Journal, May 1963:11-18.

“Bill Welu Wins TV Invitational.” Bowlers Journal, Oct 1958:33.

“Billy Ends a Long Drought.” Bowlers Journal, May 1964:17.

“Billy Finally Makes It.” Bowlers Journal, Feb 1975:55.

“Doing It the Hard Way.” Bowlers Journal, Jun 1965:35-36.

Obituary. Bowling, Jul 1974:32.

Obituary. Chicago Tribune, May 18, 1974:G4.


A Jimmy Blouin Bibliography

July 25, 2014

Jimmy Blouin (1886-1947) won two ABC eagles. However, his specialty was head-to-head competition. In 1921 Blouin beat “unbeatable” Jimmy Smith in a 60-game match. The next year, the 115-game World Classic Tournament was staged to determine bowling’s top man. Blouin won that event, then defeated the next three finishers (including Smith) in three separate matches to become the sport’s first official match-game champion. He defended twice more, then retired undefeated in 1926. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953, Blouin was Bowlers Journal‘s Bowler-of-the-Decade for the 1920s, and was ranked #17 among 20th Century bowlers in the 1999 poll.

Dressel, Jim.  “A Match Play Bowler Supreme.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S-88.

Luby, Mort.  “Mort’s Editorial Comments.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 12, 1924:52.

__________.  “Mort’s Editorial Comments.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 16, 1933:4.

Lueders, Karl.  “The Winner and Still Champ.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:177-78.

Schmidt, J.R. “Blouin in the Wind.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1992:49-52.

Schoeman, Byron.  “Count Gengler Feared Him.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1976:68-69.

__________. “Kid, I Think I’m Going to Win.”  Bowling, Nov 1974:6, 35.

Sixty, Billy.  “Going Like Sixty.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1947:35.

__________.  “Two Jimmys Bring Colorful Pictures to Mind.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 12, 1933:9.

Wolfe, Rocky.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part One.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1934:3, 22, 24.

__________.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part Two.”  Bowlers Journal. Jan 1935:13, 35.

__________.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part Three.”  Bowlers Journal,  Feb 1935:11, 24-26.

__________.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part Four.”  Bowlers Journal,  Mar 1935:11, 31-32.

__________.  “Jimmy Blouin’s Life Story: Part Five.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1935:12-13, 24.

“Back Into Bowling Game.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 7, 1929:1.

“Blouin Defeats Karlicek.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 17, 1917:3.

“Blouin Is Winner Over Scribner by 1119 Pins.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 7, 1925:1,4.

“Blouin Leads Smith for World’s Bowling Title.”  Milwaukee Journal, Apr 21, 1921:19.

“Bowl First Ten Games for World’s Championship Here.” Milwaukee Journal, Apr 20, 1921:17.

“Capacity Crowds See Blouin Perform in Ohio.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 9, 1924:6.

“Chicago.”  Milwaukee Journal, Apr 29, 1921:33.

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

“Hall of Famer’s Career Portrayed.”  Bowling, Jul 1981:33.

“Jimmy Blouin and J. Scribner in Championship Match.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 10, 1925:3.

“Jimmy Blouin Fails to Accept Defi of Kartheiser.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 6, 1926:1.

“Jimmy Blouin Leads Champion by 410 Pins in Big Match.” Milwaukee Journal, Apr 28, 1921:19.

“Jimmy Blouin Shows How He Rolls ‘Em.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 21, 1925:5.

“Jimmy Smith Loses Third Series of Tenpin Match.”  Milwaukee Journal, Apr 23, 1921:6.

“Kartheiser Challenges Blouin For $5,000 Purse.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 30, 1926:3.

“New Pin Champ.”  Milwaukee Journal, Apr 30, 1921:6.

“On the Mend.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 17, 1931:1.

“Scribner Confident He Will Take Measure of Blouin.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 24, 1925:4.

“Scribner Faces Hard Task to Overcome Blouin Lead.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 31, 1925:1,4.

“Will He Come Back?”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 10, 1932:38.

ObituaryBowlers Journal, May 1947:2.

Obituary.  Bowling, May 1947:29.

Obituary.  Chicago Tribune, Apr 7, 1947:29.



A Buddy Bomar Bibliography

April 11, 2014

Herbert Booth “Buddy” Bomar (1916-1989) was rated #18 in the Bowlers Journal ranking of 20th Century bowlers. Moving from Texas to Chicago in 1942, he soon began earning a national reputation. Bomar won the 1944-45 All-Star, shared the Match-Game Doubles title in 1944 and 1950, and captured both editions of the 1947 Petersen Classic. He captained teams that won the Match-Game Team title and two ABC eagles. All these accomplishments resulted in Bomar being named Bowler of the Year twice, an All-American five times, and Bowler of the Decade for the 1940s. He was elected to the ABC Hall of Fame in 1966.   


Bomar, Buddy, att Byron Schoeman. “European Trip.” Bowling, Mar 1975:4,42-43.

Bomar, Mrs. Herbert. “Buddy Bomar Bowls.” Bowling, Dec 1942:13,23.

Fitzgerald, Jim. “A Stock Broker Looks at Bowling.” Bowling, Mar 1966:34-36,62.

Gatzow, Verlin E. “Krumske Yields Match Crown to Bomar.” Bowling, Jan 1945:19.

Nelson, Ray. “Bomar Tosses $2,000 Strike.” Bowlers Journal, Sep 1945:12,47.

__________. “Memories of California.” Bowling, Feb 1972:2,45.

O’Leary, Andy. “Buddy Bomar on Exhibition Tour.” Bowlers Journal, May-Jun 1945:19.

Pluckhahn, Bruce. “Buddy’s Final Curtain Call.” Bowlers Journal, Jan 1990:57.

Ripple, Jack. “On Tour With Flesch and Bomar.” Bowling, Oct 1944:16.

Schmidt, J.R. “Bowling’s Odd Couple.” Bowlers Journal, Jul 2002:91.

__________. “He Knew How to Win.” Bowlers Journal, Aug 1994:69.

__________. “Perfection on the Clock.” Bowlers Journal, May 2001:26.

Schoeman, Byron. “Buddy Bomar Is New Match King.” Bowlers Journal, Dec 1944:5.

Sixty, Billy. “Buddy Bomar, Bowling Bombshell.”  Sport, Nov 1948:48-50.

Smith, John. “Bomar Story.” Bowling, Dec 1950:12-13,22.

Walker, Paul. “Buddy Bomar Selected Bowler of the Year.” Bowlers Journal, Sep 1947:11,29.

Whitney, Eli. “Tenpin Stars On Parade.” Bowling, Sep 1950:28,35.

Zinser, Joan Taylor. “Team Player Through Thick and Thin.”Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S-81.

“Bomar and Benkovic Are on Tour of Germany.” Bowling, Oct 1948:37.

“Bomar Elected to Hall of Fame.” Bowling, Feb 1966:22.

“Bomar Gets Top Rating.” Bowlers Journal, Dec 1945:9.

“Bomar, Habetler Capture Petersen’s; Ed Easter Wins DeVito.” Bowlers Journal, Mar 1947:64.

“Bomar Suggested Bowler of the Year.” Bowlers Journal, Oct 1945:11,42.

“Bomar Wins Petersen Tenpin Meet in Buffalo,” Chicago Tribune, May 19, 1947:30.

“Bomar’s Biggest Strike Came in 1947 Petersen.” Bowling, Jan 1967:42.

“Bomar’s Purse Grows.” Chicago Tribune, May 16, 1942:3.

“Bowl With Your Brain.” (joint interview) Bowling, Nov 1959:27,52.

“Buddy Bomar Sets Terrific Pace in Matches.” Bowlers Journal, Apr 1945:12.

“Dallas Dynamite.” Bowling, Dec 1, 1940:5.

“Overseas Trundling.” Bowlers Journal, Oct 1948:21,43.

“Proprietors Lift Bomar’s Suspension and Fine.”  Bowling, May 1948:29.

“The Days of Pine and Thunder.” (interview) Bowlers Journal, Aug 1977:90-97.

“This Is the Way I Do It.” Bowlers Journal, Mar 1947:59,65.

Quoted. Bowling, Aug 1949:14.

__________. Bowling, Sep 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Oct 1949:18,29.

__________. Bowling, Nov 1949:18.

__________. Bowling, Dec 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Jan 1950:31.

__________. Bowling, Feb 1950:36.

Obituary. Bowlers Journal, Jan 1990:57.

Obituary. Bowling, Mar 1990:36-37.



A Joe Falcaro Bibliography

November 20, 2013

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. 


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

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


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.

A Joe Wilman Bibliography

October 11, 2013

Joe Wilman (1905-1969) was ranked #13 among 20th Century bowlers in the 1999 Bowlers Journal poll. He was elected to the bowling Hall of Fame in 1951, the first man chosen after the 11 charter members. Wilman was a six-time All-American.  Fresh out of the World War II army, he posted one of the greatest-ever seasons by a bowler in 1945-46, winning both the All-Star Tournament and the ABC All Events championship.  He remained a top-level competitor until a heart attack felled him at the 1958 ABC Tournament.  Thereafter he confined himself to instructing.  When Wilman died in 1969, his favorite bowling ball was cremated along with him. 


Wilman, Joe.  Better Bowling.  (A.S. Barnes, 1953)

__________.  Let’s Go Bowling.  (National Research Bureau, 1956)

__________.  Your Bowling Handbook.  (Brunswick, 1958)


Archibald, John J.  “Courage Wins Over All.”  Bowling, Oct 1959:28.

Beach, Robert W.  “Collecting Bowling Awards Hobby for Joe Wilman.” Bowling, Oct 1942:10-11.

Biondo, Angelo.  “The Miserable Failure.”  Bowling, Oct 1948:15,38.

Gray, Ray.  “Nine Down—One Up!”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1951:33-34.

Kinsey, John R. “First Aid for Bowlers” Popular Mechanics, Oct 1947:106-111.

Kouros, Tom.  “Bringing the Legends to Life.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1986:42-43.

McPhaul, Jack.  “Ex-Pinboy Now Kingpin.”  The Sporting News, Mar 3, 1948, sec 2:8.

Nelson, Ray.  “Memories of California.”  Bowling, Feb 1972:2,45.

__________.  “Ned Day Tops Wilman After Five Meets.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1946:13.

__________.  “Ned Day vs. Joe Wilman in Cross-Country Match.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1946:9.

__________.  “Wilman-Day Match.”  Bowling, Jan 1971:4,40.

Schmidt, J.R.  “Lillard vs. Wilman All-Star Final.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 2010:26.

__________.  “One Soldier’s Story.”  Bowlers Journal, Jul 1997:99.

__________.  “The Forgotten Man.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1992:34.

__________.  “The Wilman-Day Road Show of 1946.”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 2012:24.

Shub, Seymour.  “A Guy Named Joe.”  Bowling, Sep 1946:4. 

__________.  “New Role For an Old Pro.”  Bowling, Sep 1960:29,79.

Turay, Ken.  “All’s Right in Seattle—Joe Wilman’s There.”  Bowling, Mar 1945:19.

Vignolle, Gus.  “West Coast Pin Pointer.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1946:19.

Whitney, Eli.  “Buck Wilman’s Gang From 1939 to 1949.”  Bowling, Jan 1951:10-11,18.

Wilman, Joe.  “National Stars In Action: Ned Day.”  Bowling, Dec 1953:14-15.

Wilman, Joe, att Sam Weinstein.  “Learn to Bowl.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1939:24-25.

“An Accolade For Joe.”  Bowling, Jun 1959:15,39.

“Charley Daw Comes From Behind Over Wilman.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 3, 1928:7.

“Charley Daw to Defend Title Against Joe Wilman of Chicago.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 18, 1928:1

“Here’s How To Bowl.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1945:20-21.

“J. Wilman’s 789 Wins Interstate Bowling Singles.”  Chicago Tribune, Feb 8, 1938:23.

“Joe Wilman.”  Bowlers Journal, Mar 1947:19.

“Joe Wilman: A Great Star Shows His Championship Form.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1946:19.

“Joe Wilman Is the New Champ.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1946:8-9,33.

“Ned Day Scores Decisive Victory in Pin Duel with Wilman.”  Bowling, Dec 1946:22.

“Plenty of Fire.”  ABC Bulletin, Apr 16, 1939:15.

“Stolen Bowling Medals Returned to Wilman.”  Bowling, May 1945:23.

“This Is the Way I Do It.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1947:17,34.

“Wilman Claims Highest League Average, 223-60.”  Bowling, Jul 1948:24.

“Wilman Quits Classic League; Doctor Orders 3-Month Rest.”  Bowling, May 1949:19.

“Wilman Sets Up Another Trophy on His Mantle.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1946:6.

“Wilman Takes All-Star Title.”  Bowling, Jan 1946:21.

Quoted.  Bowling, Aug 1949:14.

__________. Bowling, Sep 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Oct 1949:18.

__________. Bowling, Nov 1949:18.

__________. Bowling, Dec 1949:17.

__________. Bowling, Jan 1950:31.

__________. Bowling, Feb 1950:36.

Obituary.  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1969:26.

Obituary.  Bowling, Dec 1969:34-35.


“Joe Wilman Shows You How to Bowl Your Best.” (LP record, 1961)



A Steve Nagy Bibliography

August 12, 2013

Hall-of-Famer Steve Nagy was born 100 years ago tomorrow—August 13, 1913.  Twice voted the Bowler of the Year and four times an All-American, he was ranked #23 among 20th Century bowlers in the Bowlers Journal poll.  His tournament resume includes five ABC championships and the 1954-55 All-Star.  Nagy also rolled the first filmed 300 game, and is still the only bowler featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  After his 1966 death, the PBA remembered this genuinely-beloved man with an annual Steve Nagy “good guy” award.  


Lewis, Howard J.  The Complete Guide to Better Bowling (Arco, 1956),  pp. 4-29.

White, Gordon S.  Bowling Tips from Brunswick Champions (Fawcett Publications, 1961), pp. 102-107.


Cruchon, Steve.  “Big Steve.”  Bowlers Journal, May 1963:28-34.

__________.  “Detroit Pitches From the Heart . . .”    Bowling, Nov 1966:28, 31.

__________.  “Levine’s Efforts For Nagy.”  Bowling, Jan 1984:6.

__________.  “Nagy and Fazio: Awesome Twosome.”  Bowling, Apr 1963:30,40.

__________.  “Nagy: The Clown Who Cried.”  Bowling Digest, Oct 1983:67-68.

__________.  “Steve Nagy’s Final Year.”  Bowling, Feb 1978:6,41.

Day, Ned.  “National Stars In Action: Steve Nagy.”  Bowling, Mar 1953:20-21.

Franklin, Bill.  “Steve Nagy.”  Bowling, Jul 1949:12-13,22.

Kalman, Victor.  “Sweat and Tears in Chicago.”  Sports Illustrated, Jan 31, 1955:6-9.

__________.  “The All-Star—I.”  Sports Illustrated, Jan 3, 1955:58.

__________.  “The All-Star—II.”  Sports Illustrated, Jan 10, 1955:44.

Levine, Sam.  “Bowling Incorporated.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1952:29-30,96-97.

Luby, Mort.  “Post Mort ‘Ems.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1955:17-18.

__________.  “Steve Nagy—Bowler of the Year.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1952:10-11.

Pezzano, Chuck.  “More Than a Good Sport.”  Bowling Digest, Feb 1992:50.

__________.  “Nagy-Castellano All-Star Match.”  Bowling, Jun 1971:4,57.

Pluckhahn, Bruce.  “Steve Nagy: The Gentle Giant.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:212.

Schmidt, J.R.  “A Perfect TV Drama.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1999:95.

__________.  “Steve Nagy Sure Could Put On a Show.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 2008:103.

__________.  “When Steve Nagy Hit the Big Time.”  Bowlers Journal, Dec 2011:30.

Schoeman, Byron.  “In the Wake of the All-Star.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1955:11-13.

Schultz, Kay.  “Can They Catch Nagy?”  Bowling, Sep 1960:40.

Sixty, Billy.  “Going Like Sixty.”   Bowlers Journal, Feb 1955:15-16.

“Bowl With Your Brain.” (joint interview)  Bowling, Nov 1959:27, 52.

“Et Cetera.”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1965:8.

“Hall of Fame Adds Nagy, Fazio, Easter.”  Bowling, Mar 1963:16-17,31.

“Nagy Shows Progress After Suffering Stroke.”  Bowling, Oct 1965:33

“Stars of Today.”  Bowling, Sep 1953:19.

“Steve Nagy—Bowler of the Year.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1952:10.

“Steve Nagy Elected Bowler of the Year.”  Bowling, Oct 1952:12.

“Steve Nagy Wins All-Star.”  Bowling, Feb 1955:11.

“Weber, Fazio, Nagy Rate Tenpin Salute.”  The Sporting News, Mar 9, 1963:22.

“Writers Elect Nagy Bowler of the Year.”  Bowling, Sep 1955:62.

Quoted.  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1959:29.

Obituary.  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1966:16.

Obituary.  Bowling, Dec 1966:22.

Obituary.  Chicago Tribune, Nov 11, 1966:E1.

A Junie McMahon Bibliography

January 2, 2013

Junie McMahon, one of the greatest bowlers of all time, was born on January 3, 1912–101 years ago tomorrow. He won the All-Star Tournament twice and was voted Bowler-of-the-Year for the 1949-50 season.  A five-time All-American and an ABC Hall-of-Famer, McMahon was ranked #12 in the Bowlers Journal poll of 20th Century bowlers. His career was cut short by a 1959 stroke that left him disabled. He died in 1974.  


McMahon, Junie, and Murray Goodman.  Modern Bowling Techniques.  New York: Ronald Press, 1958.


Barber, Rowland.  “Junie McMahon: King of the Pins.”  Bowlers Journal, Aug 1956:18, 22-27.

Biondo, Angelo.  “Junie McMahon.”  Bowling, Jan 1950:12-13, 18.

Hengen, Bill.  “McMahon, Ladewig Named Bowlers of the Year.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 1950:9.

Luby, Mort.  “Post Mort-Ems.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1950:11,39.

__________.  “Post Mort-Ems.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1952:17.

McMahon, Junie, att Dave Peters.  “This Strike I Remember.”  Bowling, Mar 1952:48.

Pezzano, Chuck.  “A Lot of Man.”  Bowlers Journal, Feb 1975:50-54.

__________.  “Always in a Tough Fight.”  Bowling, Dec 1974:4.

__________.  “Courageous Junie McMahon.”   The Sporting News, Aug 4, 1973:55.

__________.  “Junie Battles Back.”  Bowling, Sep 1961:26, 75.

__________.  “Junie McMahon—Alive and Alert.” Bowling, Sep 1968:34, 61.

__________.  “Junie McMahon Still Shows Competitive Spirit.” Bowling, Nov 1973:27.

Ross, John M.  “Big-Time Bowler.”  Sport. May 1952:48-49, 64-65.

Schmidt, J. R.  “Junie McMahon!”  Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:198.

__________.  “Junie’s Best Finish Ever.”  Bowlers Journal, Sep 2000:125.

Schoeman, Byron.  “All Star Winner.”  Bowling, Jan 1950:14.

__________.  “Covering the All-Star.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1952:12-13,24.

__________.  “Random Highlights From The All-Star.”  Bowlers Journal, Jan 1950:18.

Stern, Bill.  “Bill Stern’s Unforgettable Moments.”  Official Bowling Review.  May 1961:24.

Walter, John.  “A Man to Watch at Columbus.”  Bowlers Journal, Apr 1950:28,65.

White, Gordon S., Jr.  “Junie’s Still Winning.”  New York Times, Jan 10, 1961:33.

Whitney, Eli.  “All Star Winner.”  Bowling, Jan 1950:14.

__________.  “Can Junie Keep 206 Average in ABC?”  Bowling, Sep 1948:39.

__________.  “McMahon Wins All-Star.”  Bowling, Jan 1952:11,14.

“ABC Ten Year Average Leaders.”  Bowling, Sep 1953:43.

“ABC Ten Year Average Leaders.”  Bowling, Sep 1955:71.

“How McMahon Learned Western Style.” (interview)  Bowling, Feb 1950:20.

“Junie McMahon Honored at Testimonial Dinner.”  Bowling, Jul 1955:21.

“Junie McMahon in Action.”  Bowling, Apr 1952:14.

“McMahon, Ladewig Voted Top Bowlers of 1949-50.”  Bowling, Oct 1950:16.

“McMahon Makes Hall of Fame.”  Bowling, Mar 1955:25,38.

“McMahon Signs.”  Bowling, Feb 1950:30.

“Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”  Bowlers Journal, Oct 1955:43.

“Ten Year Leaders.”  Bowling, Mar 1952:41.

Obituary.  Bowlers Journal, Dec 1974:24.

Obituary.  Bowling, Dec 1974:41.

Obituary.  The Sporting News, Nov 23, 1974:30.