Rowlarena—Camden, SC (1966)

January 29, 2019

96 DeKalb St.


1940 ABC Tournament Pin

January 27, 2019

Keyman’s Club

January 24, 2019

4711 W. Madison St.

Chet’s Sports Bar—Kenosha, WI (1968)

January 22, 2019

(L-R)–Kaye Nalley, Irene Zoemer, Betty Dubanewiz, Esther Home, Esther Adamson, Chet the Chimp

Slate Bowl—Slatington, PA

January 20, 2019

8123 State Route 873

Ray Schanen (1952)

January 17, 2019


All-American, 1951-52

1 ABC championship (1948-TAE)

Temple Bowling Alleys—Salt Lake City (1935)

January 15, 2019

15 S. West Temple St.

Sattler’s Department Store—Buffalo (1959)

January 13, 2019

Tavern Pale Beer—Chicago (1948)

January 10, 2019

(L-R)—Ed Brosius, Eddie Kawolics, Buddy Bomar, Joe Kristof, Garner Wells

A Don Johnson Bibliography

January 8, 2019

Don Johnson (1940-2003) was a five-time All American, and was twice elected Bowler of the Year.  He won a total of 26 PBA titles, including the 1970 Tournament of Champions and the 1972 U.S. Open, and five ABC championships.  He was elected to both the ABC and PBA Halls of Fame, ranked #8 among the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History, and #20 on the list of all 20th Century bowlers.  Yet despite this impressive resume, Johnson is probably best remembered for one photograph, which shows him lying face down on the approach, devastated after a 10-pin tap cost him a $10,000 TV perfect-game bonus.


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Schmidt, J.R.  “The Man in the Picture” in The Bowling Chronicles.  (McFarland, 2017), pp. 208-210.


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