Bill Morrissey was Marion Ladewig’s coach and general manager throughout her bowling career. The two met in the mid-1930s when Ladewig played shortstop for a softball team sponsored by Morrissey, a local sports promoter. Impressed by her throwing arm and errorless play, Morrissey convinced Ladewig to give bowling a try at his Fanatorium bowling center – the rest is history. “Anyone could have become a good bowler if they had a Bill Morrissey,” Ladewig said. Recalling a special moment with her coach, she went on: “Once, in the  All-Star, when I won the women’s championship by averaging 211 – two pins higher than Junie McMahon averaged as he won the men’s title – Bill met me as I came off the lanes and said, ‘I don’t know how you do it.'” Morrissey passed away in 1966, two years after Ladewig’s retirement.
Chicago Photographers, from the collection of the Marion Ladewig family