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Bowlers Journal Timeline TIMELINE

BY J.R. SCHMIDT { } 1935

The West Coast joins the ABC.

The bowling associations of the Pacifi c states end their isola- tion, voting to affi liate with the American Bowling Congress. To seal the deal, San Francis- co’s Ora Mayer comes east to Syracuse for the 1935 ABC Tournament — and promptly wins the All-Events title.

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Berlin IBA tournament.

As a prelude to the Olympic Games in Berlin,

Uncle Joe Thum and his Interna- tional Bowling Assn. stage their biggest tournament yet. The IBA event features American tenpins, and runs in conjunction with the German-style World Bowling Tournament. Thirty U.S. bowlers make the trip.


THE 1930s 1937

A big

tournament in the Big Apple.

The ABC Tournament comes to New York City for the fi rst (and only) time. The event is held at the Coast Artillery Armory in midtown Manhattan, and draws a record 4,017 teams. The result is priceless publicity in the nation’s media capital.


Bowlers Journal All-Americans.

At least four times in the past, Bowlers Journal had printed its selections for the year’s best bowlers. But for the magazine’s 25th Anniversary, Publisher/Editor Mort Luby Sr. went further. BJ picked the best of 1937-38, and also added two retroactive teams, for 1910-1925, and 1925- 1936. This marks the offi cial beginning of one of bowling’s singular honors, the annual BJ All-American Teams.


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‘Mr. 886.’

Allie Brandt, 5-foot-5 and 120-lbs., rolls 297- 289-300 for an 886 series in league play at Lockport, N.Y. It is the highest sanctioned series to date, and Brandt becomes a poster boy for small bowl- ers everywhere. His 886 will remain the offi cial record for the next half-century.

About The Author: J.R. Schmidt has been BJI’s resident historian since 1990. Normally, he writes the monthly “Time Capsule” feature,but during BJI’s 100th an- niversary year, we’ve asked him to assemble a monthly bowling timeline — one for each decade of the magazine’s exis- tence — to be comple- mented by photographs and illustrations from BJI’s massive “morgue.” Schmidt, an avid bowler, also maintains a blog about bowling history.

CLICK HERE: To check out his personal photo gallery of ABC/USBC Open Tournament team photos

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