Pin Action: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became a Bowling Champion

Pin Action: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became a Bowling Champion

by Gianmarc Manzione

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Overview

"The Color of Money" meets "The Big Lebowski."Pin Action is an inspiring and improbable story of transcendence, redemption, survival and one of the greatest, forgotten sports legends in New York City sports history.

Most of us think of bowling as a "sport" in quotation marks, and bowling alleys are places with disco balls, matching shirts, and funny shoes. But in the 1960s, New York City was the center of "action bowling", a form of high-stakes gambling in which bowlers—often teenagers—faced off for thousands of dollars every night. When money like that is changing hands, you can bet the pressure is on (and the balls are rigged), and losses come with dire consequences. But for a few kids, the world of action bowling would turn out to be a ticket off the mean streets and onto the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. For Ernie Schlegel, it would be a chance to shed his hustler ways and become a bonafide champion.

For the more than 100 million bowlers worldwide and for fans of timeless sports histories, Pin Action captures the underbelly of 1960s and '70s New York and tells the true story of how the most notorious action bowler of all time became a Hall of Famer. Set in the gritty, flashy, lost world of action bowling, Gianmarc Manzione tells an epic tale filled with seedy characters, uproarious eccentricities, improbable twists of fate, and a rags-to-riches narrative so crazy it has to be true.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605986456
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gianmarc
Manzione is the most recognized writer in the bowling industry today. He has written on the subject for the New York Times and all of the bowling industry’s highest-profile publications.

















Manzione fell in love with bowling as a kid growing up in Brooklyn, where he spent so much of his childhood in local bowling alleys that he was virtually raised in them.



















Manzione currently teaches English and creative writing at the College of Central Florida, and lives with his wife near Tampa.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 A Fish in Philadelphia 1

2 The Guns of Avenue M 29

3 Central 55

4 The Road to Buffalo 91

5 The Bicentennial Kid 116

6 The Gorillas of Vancouver 140

7 Shrugging off the Monkey 158

8 The Last Great Action Match 169

Epilogue 193

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 215

About the Author 226

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Pin Action: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became a Bowling Champion 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The whole family enjoyed it. I would recommend it, especially to anyone who is familiar with bowling.
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