September 5, 1989 |
Hall of Famer Nelson Burton Jr., now an ABC-TV color commentator, visited the Playhouse Bowl in Drexel Hill last week. John Gerard of Aldan, an accountant, earned the honor of rolling against Burton by winning a house tournament. "It was the opportunity of a lifetime," said Gerard, 27. "I learned a lot, even though getting beat badly in the first game, which he won, 267-160. "Burton made the first seven strikes, got a 4-6-10 split, which ruined his chance for a 300 game, and then struck out. Even then, I thought he was trying to make it easy for me. "In the second game, he straightened me out by giving me a good tip, telling me to try the second board.
May 6, 1993 |
It's not everyday you come across someone whose age exceeds her bowling average. And also bowls her weight right on the button, with not a pound to spare. Meet Mary Hertach, all 90 pounds of her. Don't snicker. She has lots of time to improve. She's only 98. Mary Hertach, a frail, gray, curly haired great-grandmother has been hanging in alleys going on 13 years. Before that, her athleticism was limited to floating in the community pool. No more. Every Friday, rain or shine, ice or snow, Hertach and one of her three daughters, 75-year-old Julia, join dozens of other seasoned senior citizens for an afternoon of life in the slow lane at MacDade Bowl in Holmes, Delaware County.
October 14, 1986 |
Bowling will be on the schedule at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. According to Roger Tessman, president of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ), the sport's governing body, an agreement was reached with the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee to include bowling as a demonstration sport at the Games. "Our goal is to show the world that amateur bowlers truly are world-class and have traits that typify all Olympic athletes," Tessman said. "Our next objective, of course, is to have bowling recognized as an official Olympic event in the 1992 Summer Games.
January 21, 1987 |
It's too bad Garry Maddox couldn't get any big names to attend his 10th annual celebrity bowling tournament. Mike Schmidt, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Reggie White, Ron Jaworski, Harold Carmichael, Rick MacLeish, Tim McCormick, Danny Vranes and Steve Colter are among those scheduled to bowl tomorrow night to benefit the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. The bowling will be held at Oregon Lanes, 24th Street and Oregon Avenue, at 6 p.m. A party will follow at 9 at the Airport Hilton.
April 6, 1988 |
A few of us go bowling about once or twice a year. It's a good excuse to spend a cold Saturday afternoon drinking beer, betting and pretending to get exercise. As a former pinboy I've always liked the atmosphere of bowling alleys. There's something old-fashioned about them. All those pot-gutted sportsmen slinging balls the way their grandfathers did. The handy beer holders. And the guy behind the counter doesn't ask if you prefer smoking or non-smoking lanes. At least I liked them until a recent Saturday.
May 17, 1988 |
Bowling has long been associated with the stereotypical potbellied, cigar- chomping middle-aged man who prefers his beer without a twist - a down-to- earth kind of guy, much like the characters portrayed by Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in TV's The Honeymooners. Unfortunately for the sport, a large portion of today's recreational athletes, especially those with enough money to pour into a hobby, hold fast to a view that associates bowling with tattoos and sweaty undershirts. It is this trend that has some people in the local bowling industry worried.
April 26, 1996 |
The Chatting Classes are engaged in a great fuzzy debate about the decline of civility and community. As Katha Pollitt acidly points out, "It's the sort of thesis academics and pundits adore, a big woolly argument that's been pre-reduced to a sound bite of genius - "Bowling Alone. " The debate is about "America's Declining Social Capital," an article by a Harvard political scientist about the sad decline of such civic institutions as the PTA, the Elks and league bowling. Pollitt points out that people are actually bowling more than ever but with friends and family rather than in leagues.
June 29, 1986 |
What does a young athlete who excels in baseball and bowling do when he chooses to give up one of the sports? That was the dilemma facing 14-year-old John Spence Jr. of Havertown, a star pitcher for the Catholic War Veterans and Brookline Civic Association teams and a member of the championship Manoa Lanes bowling team in the Junior Major Traveling League. Spence recently decided he wanted to devote his attention to one sport, and after much deliberation, he picked bowling.
October 25, 1988 |
George Titus, who used to coach the Upper Moreland High bowling team and still offers advice to team members, displayed his qualifications recently when he rolled an 810 series at the Fairless Hill Bowl. "I just had some nice shots," said Titus, who teaches English at Upper Moreland. "I originally was hoping for a 300, but when I left a 4-pin in the first game and finished with a 299, I started shooting for an 800. " He reached those rare heights by following the 299 with a 257 and a 254. It was the second 800 series for Titus, 38, of Hatboro, who has been bowling for 25 years.
December 24, 1998 |
The strikes were beginning to mount, and the pressure was, too. Nicole Phillips could feel it. It was a little out of the ordinary, the St. Hubert sophomore said, when she started a Philadelphia Catholic League bowling showdown against St. Maria Goretti on Dec. 9 with three straight strikes. As fast starts go, this was one of Phillips' better ones, but still nothing that doesn't happen every day in lanes all across the country. But when she rolled a fourth straight strike, Phillips began to feel a little edgy and a little excited.