“In John Schuldt’s case last night in the Sportsmen’s league at Sixth Ave. Recreation, a little practice helped to make him perfect.
“I threw about five practice frames and slowed my ball and approach down a bit to get the right speed and timing,” he said this morning after opening a 662 series with the second 300 game in the last two seasons in the Sportsmen’s league. In fact, he threw 13 straight strikes before converting a split in the second frame of his second game.
“Yes, the pressure did build up, but everybody was pulling for me,” he confessed. “I had 11 solid hits and in the eighth frame I went on the Brooklyn side,” the right-hander and veteran of about 23 years of bowling said. “During the practice frames I had four spares and a strike, but I hung ’em in there in the opening game.”
Schuldt’s 300 was bowled on the same pair of alleys that Al Boehme scored his 300 on two years ago in the same league at Sixth Ave. Recreation – No. 3 and No. 4. His 300 game was only the fourth in the history of Sixth Ave., and only the second one there since 1950.
The 186-average bowler said he’s been bowling since he was a pin setter at the old Central Bowl in Rock Island. “I started the game when I set pins and I’ve been bowling ever since,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of 670’s and 680’s, and one 700 series, but never a game like this.”
The intrigue of his game, however, is amplified by the fact that his 11-year-old son, Ronald was watching, his brother Clyde has recorded a perfect game, and his wife Cleona is a pretty fair bowler too.
Schuldt bowls for the Ray VanHoorweghe’s Tap team and just came back to the Sportsmen’s league this season after a few years absence. “I bowled in the Sportsmen’s league for about 11 straight years and then quit for a few years,” he said.
He said his teammates, Bob Olson, Dick Yeargle, Emil DeBacker and Tony Smueles appeared more nervous than he did. “They just kept yelling ‘One more!’ and when I came to the last ball they yelled ‘One more, don’t stop now!’”
He said his son, who fired a 165 game in a junior league at Central Bowl last week, generally comes with him. “He knows everybody in the league and was really excited,” John said. “I was awfully glad he was there last night; I think it gave him quite a thrill too.”
But what about mom?
“She was at home and Ron called her after I got it,” he said. “I took him home afterwards, and then we went out with the team to celebrate. She wasn’t up when I got home.”
“I’m pretty proud of him,” Mrs. Schuldt said. “He didn’t come right home, but that’s O.K.,” she laughed.
Schuldt’s brother fired a perfect game [eleven] years ago at Plaza Bowl, Bettendorf, in the men’s Tri-City Classic league. “I guess it’s a family affair,” he joked. “Clyde was right on the line that night and I was right on the line last night.”
His string was broken in the second game when he fired a strike, then converted a spare, then had a split and came back with a strike in the fourth frame. His series included the 300 game and a 179 plus a 183.
“I was really pleased with the game,” he continued. “It was quite a thrill. My knees were a little shaky in that last frame. And we whooped it up quite a bit afterwards.”
For his accomplishment, he’ll receive a $50 cash gift from Sixth Ave. Recreation, a diamond award (either a ring, tie pin, belt buckle or wrist watch) from the American Bowling Congress, an award from the shirt manufacturer who made his, and numerous other prizes from bowling equipment makers.
The Schuldts live at 2318 7th St., Moline, and the neighborhood won’t be the same for some time.”
-The Moline Dispatch
February 22, 1968