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Bowling gained major popularity in the United States after World War II. New audiences experienced bowling thanks to groundbreaking live television broadcasts of tournaments. Alleys sprouted up across communities, making bowling accessible to first-timers. And star rollers shined in the BPAA All-Star Tournament, bringing excitement and fanfare to the competitive circuit. Learn more about the […]
During the early twentieth century, the American Bowling Congress developed into an organization respected by bowlers far and wide. Founded in 1895 and hosting its first tournament in 1901, the ABC emerged at a time when bowling became an increasingly popular national sport. Over the coming decades, thousands of individual competitors, teams, employees and fans […]
Known far and wide as “the Queen of Bowling,” Marion Ladewig’s reign lasted for nearly three decades during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The grandmother from Grand Rapids, Michigan, emerged as a dominant force, winning a cache of tournaments, championships and accolades in an unmatched career. Ladewig is recognized today as the greatest female bowler […]
Just as American tenpin bowling was a phenomenon all its own, American bowling centers also took on a distinctly American flavor. Bowling alleys transformed from small establishments with a few lanes and a few billiard tables to massive entertainment centers with nightclub-esque features.
Though the basic principles of bowling have transcended millennia, the industry around it has embraced technological development. By integrating new machinery and products, proprietors and the top bowling organizations have made bowling more accessible and easier to play, propelling it to the position of America's top participatory sport.
Bowling balls are inarguably the most important piece of equipment a bowler owns, providing the most tactile connection a bowler has with the game. From the composition to the weight to the aesthetics, finding the perfect ball should be every bowler's first step.
In bowling, a perfect score game occurs when a bowler rolls twelve straight strikes for a total score of 300. After the twelfth strike, the score is certified by a local bowling organization who consider factors such as lane conditions and the bowler's standing within that organization.
Women have always been integral to showcasing the various benefits of bowling. Throughout the twentieth century, female political leaders from around the world have hit the boards for both political purposes and personal recreation. U.S. First Lady Pat Nixon’s love for the sport even earned her a lifetime membership to the Women’s International Bowling Congress. […]