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They Came to Bowl
By Doug Schmidt
"Bowling has played a significant role in the history of sports and games played in America. And 'They Came to Bowl' focuses on Milwaukee's contribution to that history. Anyone who has ever rolled a ball down the lanes will find the people, places and events covered in this segment of its history a worthwhile read." —Al Matzelle, American Bowling Congress historian and past Executive Director
A frozen rope. A urethane split on the drives. Chicken tracks on the telescore.* Do you know your bowling lingo? You will along with much more when you read "They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital" by Doug Schmidt from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press (Paperback: $24.95; ISBN-13: 978-0-87020-387-9). From the thrill of the perfect strike to the agony of a ball gone astray, anyone who has rolled a ball down the lanes will find themselves or someone they know in the people, places and stories covered in this book.
Author Doug Schmidt traces the roots of bowling from a Germanic religious rite centuries ago to the sport that made Milwaukee famous in this authoritative and lively tale. Covering both sport and city, this well-illustrated book looks at bowling from the taverns and saloons that housed recreational games to the sell-out crowds and million-dollar beer sponsorships of televised tournaments. Schmidt's wide-ranging research and interviews with popular players charts the changing face of bowling over the century.
Packed with memorable showdowns and improbable heroes, "They Came to Bowl" will take you back to the changing lanes of bowling in Milwaukee — and to the sport as a whole.
* frozen rope=a ball rolled with excessive speed almost straight to the pocket; urethane split=2-8-10 or 3-7-9 split caused by sharp breaking point of reactive resin balls; drives=alleys; chicken tracks=string of strikes
Doug Schmidt is generally regarded as Wisconsin's pre-eminent bowling historian. The editor and publisher of the state's "Ten Pin Journal" since 1992, Schmidt has been a contributor to United Press International, the Associated Press, "Bowlers Journal International Magazine," "Bowling Magazine," "Bowling Digest and American Bowler." A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Schmidt was inducted into the Greater Milwaukee Bowling Hall of Fame in 2004.
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