They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital

They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital

by Doug Schmidt
     
 

In this authoritative and lively book, Doug Schmidt traces bowling's roots from a German religious rite centuries ago to the sport that made Milwaukee famous. From the taverns and saloons that housed recreational games to the sell-out crowds and million-dollar beer sponsorships of televised tournaments, this well-illustrated book covers both sport and city,

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In this authoritative and lively book, Doug Schmidt traces bowling's roots from a German religious rite centuries ago to the sport that made Milwaukee famous. From the taverns and saloons that housed recreational games to the sell-out crowds and million-dollar beer sponsorships of televised tournaments, this well-illustrated book covers both sport and city, charting 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 the sport as a whole.

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"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870203879
Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date:
10/22/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,407,866
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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