Praise for "They Came to Bowl"
"Facing a formidable task in writing a history of bowling in Milwaukee, Doug Schmidt rolls a perfect game. From the founders, through the boom years and to the declining popularity of leagues, Doug's extensive research not only pays tribute to the greats of the sport but reveals the causes behind its fluctuations in popularity. All the names are there and revisiting them brought back a flood of pleasant memories for this reader." —Hank Stoddard, Retired Sports Director, WTMJ Milwaukee
"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
"The rock solid roots of bowling have always been Milwaukee. In Doug Schmidt's monumental 'They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital,' he digs, delves, researches, and reveals the names, dates, and doings to offer a fact-filled, fast moving, interesting, enjoyable adventure into bowling lore." —Chuck Pezzano, Bowling Hall of Famer, Author, Historian