Bowling takes its toll on the body! Three-game series were common for professional bowlers, but some tournaments included multiple days of bowling and triple-digit games. At the National Championship in 1955, Dick Weber’s right thumb swelled so large it would not fit in his bowling ball. The injury likely cost him the tournament and thousands of dollars in prize and sponsorship money. In the future, he used thumb protectors like the one pictured here to help prevent similar injuries.
Photographer unknown, from the IBMHOF collection