By 1954, only one woman had won the All-Star Bowling Tournament in its five-year history. Marion Ladewig claimed her fifth consecutive championship that January to continue her undefeated streak. Before the win, Ladewig got off to a bumpy start by losing two games in the first round and falling to 13th place. Ladewig worked her way back up in the rankings, then swept a four-game series to propel her ahead of the competition. “Once Mrs. Ladewig arrived on top, there was no question; she had taken over and intended to stay there. She did,” reported the Detroit Free Press. Ladewig finished the tournament with a 197 average and 22.5 wins in 32 games. A BPA official presented her with another trophy, certainly a familiar sight by now.
Chicago Photographers, from the collection of the Marion Ladewig family