Archive for the ‘GENERAL’ Category

St. Patrick’s Day and Buddy Bomar (1953)

March 17, 2022

Chicago 1953: The  South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade moves east on 79th Street past Ashland Avenue, with one of Buddy Bomar’s bowling supply stores in the background.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“Bowlers Journal” Bowling Cartoon (1940)

March 2, 2021

November 1940

(To enlarge, left-click on cartoon. Pause. Then left-click again.)

Christmas at ABC Headquarters (1939)

December 24, 2020

ABC 1939

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.


Ned Day Bowling Tips? (1948)

August 27, 2020

Besides being one of the greatest bowlers in history, Ned Day is reckoned as one of the smoothest stylists.  So what happened here?

The photos on this post are from Ned’s 1948 instruction book, How to Bowl.  They are not the usual stop-action of a champion’s form.  Rather, they are illustrations of common mistakes.

So we have here some examples of how not to bowl.  Ned liked the photos so much that he used them again in his next instruction book in 1959.  The title of that volume is How to Bowl Better.

If you’re ready for an antidote now, click on the link for a stop-action of Ned Day’s real form—

“Mr. 900”—A Marvelous New Book

August 9, 2020

What do you get when one Hall-of-Famer writes a book about another Hall-of-Famer?

You get Bob Johnson’s new volume, Mr. 900: The Glenn Allison Story.

Here’s an inside account of the first perfect series bowled in a sanctioned league, and of the controversies that have surrounded it ever since.   But before Glenn Allison rolled that 900 series in 1982, he had a helluva career on the lanes, all revisited in the book.  There are stories about Nagy, Welu, Varipapa, and other giants of the Golden Age.  Plenty of great pictures, too.

So order a copy or two or three or more.  If enough books are sold, maybe Glenn Allison will finally get his very-long-overdue official recognition.

For more info, hit the link below—

Mort Luby Jr.—Happy 89th, Mort!

July 14, 2020

(1931–   )

Bowling Hall of Fame, 1988

Publisher, Bowlers Journal, 1956-1994

“Chicago Tribune” Bowling Cartoon (1914)

April 9, 2020

February 26, 1914

The Story of the National Bowling League

December 8, 2019

I was recently a guest on the podcast GOOD SEATS STILL AVAILABLE, talking about the National Bowling League with host Tim Hanlon.  The program runs about 90 minutes.  Here’s the link—

Early-season NBL match at Bronco Stadium, Dallas



Whispering Joe Wilson (1956)

October 3, 2019


Famed TV Bowling Announcer