Throwback Thursday 9/21/17: Bob Genz 300 Award

Al Nesseler (left) and Leroy Seuss (right) present a diamond ring award from the American Bowling Congress to Bob Genz for his 300 game bowled at Town & Country on November 18th, 1974.

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Throwback Thursday 9/14/17: Dan Waline and Willie Newman 299 Game Awards

Leroy Seuss (left), Lynn Leslie (center) and Al Nesseler (right) present a ring to Dan Waline and wrist watch to Willie Newman from the American Bowling Congress for their 299 games bowled in the Rock Island City League during the 1970-1971 season.

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Throwback Thursday 9/7/17: 1950 Rock Island City Tournament Champions

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Throwback Thursday 8/31/17: “Art Salzmann’s Score of 729 Is Believed to Set a World’s Record”

“The score of 729 for three games turned in by Art Salzmann in a bowling match at the Island City alleys Thursday night, is believed to be a world’s record. On the old Hastings alleys some years ago Salzmann rolled a score of 721. He communicated with William Luby, bowling official of Chicago at the time and was assured that his mark set a record. Last season an eastern bowler rolled 725 in three games, shattering Salzmann’s mark. Art’s new record on Thursday is believed to have set a new mark. Luby will be asked to confirm the claim. At the national tournament in Peoria in 1915, Fisher, a Pueblo, Colo. bowler rolled 711, which still stands as a record for national meets. A bowler in North Dakota turned in a score of 825 last season, but it was found that he did not roll on regulation alleys. The Island City alleys are sanctioned.

It is a difficult feat to total 700 pins in three successive games. Invariably when a bowler rolls one exceptionally high game, the jinx is after him in the next game and on most occasions a small score is piled up. In his performance of Thurday night Salzmann started well with a count of 237. He overcame the jinx and turned in a nice total of 203 for the second game and then wound up in a whirlwind fashion with 289. Art started his game with a spare then strung out ten strikes in a row getting nine pins on the final ball. The 289 count is the highest rolled at the Island City alleys this season. For three successive years Salzmann has copped the tri city individual championship leading the cream of tri city bowlers in average each season.”

-Moline Daily Dispatch
December 23, 1916

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Throwback Thursday 4/27/17: Bowling Centers of Yesterday

The final Throwback Thursday of the 2016-2017 bowling season looks back at some of the early bowling centers in Moline and Rock Island.

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Throwback Thursday 4/20/17: Bowladrome Grand Opening

-Daily Dispatch
February 7, 1941

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Throwback Thursday 4/13/17: “Wunder Y Girls Set Record for Twin-City Loop”

“Wunder Y bowling team of Moline set a new season record for series and single game last night in rolling off a postponed match in the Twin-city Ladies’ league.

The Moline girls bowled 2664 in defeating the Reynolds Engineering team at the Fort alleys in Rock Island and had a 909 game, both being high totals for the year. They won all three games by decisive margins to go into first place in the standings.

Tonight at Len’s, the Wunder Y team will meet Huesing’s second place girls in a crucial match in the league race. The bowling begins at 9 in the evening.

Marian Porter and Helen Johnston paced the Wunder Y girls last night with identical 543 scores. It was the highest series of the year for Mrs. Porter who bowled 218 for the only 200 game of the series.

All five of the Wunder Y girls topped 500, probably for the first time in the league this year for any team.”

-Daily Dispatch
February 23, 1940

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