History of Bowling

BJI’s Own Keith Hamilton Featured as Latest Guest on “The Distance” Podcast

January 18th, 2016 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

BJI's Own Keith Hamilton Featured as Latest Guest on

Check out this excellent, well-produced podcast called “A 102-Year Winning Streak” from The Distance, a blog focusing on the stories behind long-running businesses, with BJI’s own Keith Hamilton. The President and Marketing Director for Luby Publishing talks about his unorthodox entry into the media business, why BJI has endured for more than a century despite […]


Bowling Museum Launches Frame For Frame Project

November 22nd, 2015 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

Bowling Museum Launches Frame For Frame Project

Museum teams with monterey media to save world-class film collection By Terry Bigham USBC Communications ARLINGTON, Texas – The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the launch of the Frame for Frame Project to raise funds to rescue the museum’s world-class film collection, while celebrating the significant role bowling has […]


The Top 25 Events to Impact Pro Shops in the Last 25 Years

November 12th, 2015 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

The Top 25 Events to Impact Pro Shops in the Last 25 Years

If you have not yet gotten your hands on the current issue of Pro Shop Operator, you definitely will want to check out our Top 25 list of events that have changed the pro shop business over the 25 years of the International Bowling Pro Shop Instructors Association’s existence. Got one we missed? Think we […]


The Story of the National Bowling League

August 1st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Story of the National Bowling League

This four-part series, researched and written by Bowlers Journal International senior correspondent and resident historian J.R. Schmidt, originally appeared in the May, June, July and August 2015 issues of BJI. WELU GETS THE NOD OVER CARTER Almost anyone with an interest in bowling history has heard of the National Bowling League. The NBL was an […]


The (Short) History of the National Bowling League

July 31st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

BY J.R. SCHMIDT Almost anyone with an interest in bowling history has heard of the National Bowling League. The NBL was an intercity league of five-man teams, based on the model of Major League Baseball, playing in purpose-built arenas on a six-month-long schedule. Today, the whole concept seems outlandish. But to understand how the idea […]


Go ‘Bowling’ at the Riv… While You Still Can

February 16th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Go 'Bowling' at the Riv... While You Still Can

Sin City is about to lose one of the 21 tenpin destinations listed in BJI’s May 2014 feature story titled, “3 Perfect Bowling Days in Las Vegas.” Over the weekend, word leaked that the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino was being sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which plans to demolish the […]


Bowlers Journal’s Secret Weapon

August 26th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

Bowlers Journal’s Secret Weapon

Part 10 in a 12 part series from Mort Luby Jr. on the history of Bowlers Journal.


Fawning Wasn’t Our Style

August 26th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

Fawning Wasn’t Our Style

Part 9 in a 12 part series from Mort Luby Jr.


A Forum for Bowling Writers

May 30th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

A Forum for Bowling Writers

By Mort Luby Jr. Part 8 in a 12 Part Series IT BOTHERED ME FOR YEARS that there was so little contact among the writers who covered bowling’s burgeoning schedule of overseas tournaments. The Asian writers would congregate in one corner of the pressroom, the Europeans in another, the Americans in still another. That’s the […]


Riding the Crest of Bowling’s Boom

May 30th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

Riding the Crest of Bowling’s Boom

By Mort Luby Jr. (Part 7 in a 12-Part Series) AS THE INDUSTRY BOOMED in the late 1950s and early ’60s — largely because of widespread sales of automatic pinsetting machines and changing public perceptions about bowling — Bowlers Journal really flourished. AMF, which leased machines to proprietors, touted its business model in many two-page […]



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