Marion Ladewig and Dick Hoover were all smiles after winning their individual match games of the 1950 All-Star Bowling Tournament at Chicago Coliseum. The 21-year-old Hoover became the youngest champion in tournament history, while Ladewig took home her second consecutive trophy. Both champions would become innovators who revolutionized the game. In 1958, Hoover co-founded the Professional Bowlers Association. Ladewig won the first-ever PWBA tournament just two years later.
Chicago Photographers, from the collection of the Marion Ladewig family