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The List: Bowling facts and bowl-speak

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 | Posted by

1. The oldest member of the Windsor Bowling Center’s senior league was in his 90s.

2. About 70-75 Windsor High School students per physical education  class  bowl at the Windsor Bowling Center.  Four classes a day walk from the high school to the bowling center and back.

3. The average recreational bowler buys two games and spends about $13, including shoes rental, but excluding food and drink purchases.

4.  The wooden lanes being replaced at Windsor Bowling Center were coated twice a year with polyurethane. They also were oiled twice a day to reduce friction between the bowling ball and lane.

5. A bowling lane is 60 feet between the foul line, which a bowler may not cross before releasing the ball, and the center of the  head pin. This is six inches shy of the distance between the rubber on the pitcher’s mound and home plate in baseball. Try throwing a bowling ball in the air that far or knocking down bowling pins with a baseball.

6. Bowling originated in Ancient Egypt. ( It’s a wonder the pyramids were built!)  The earliest reference to bowling pins  in America is by author Washington Irving in 1818 in “Rip Van Winkle.” Bowling is also known as “Tenpins.”

7. The first 12 feet of a bowling lane is made of maple, the next 46 feet are of pine, and the area where the pins stand is maple.

8. A “Strikeout”  is three strikes in the tenth frame.

9. “Bedposts” or “Goalposts” result when a bowler leaves only the 7 and 10 pins standing, a most difficult split.

10. “Backdoor Strike,” when the ball misses the head pin, but all the pins fall anyway after knocking into each other.

11.  “Sombrero” or “Hambone,” four consecutive strikes.

12. “Chicken,” three consecutive spares, clearing all the pins with two rolls of the ball.

13. “Beer Frame,” when the only bowler not to get a strike buys the beer.

14. “Fry Frame,” when the only bowler not to pick up a spare buys French fries.

Sources: Robert Pattison, Wikipedia and the United State Bowling Congress

 — James Lanaras


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James Lanaras is our Windsor correspondent.
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