History of Bowling

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 […]


The April 2015 Issue of Bowlers Journal Interactive is out NOW!

April 15th, 2015 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

The April 2015 Issue of Bowlers Journal Interactive is out NOW!

The start of the Major League Baseball season has us contemplating a call to the bullpen. Check out our story in the Technique section of our latest issue of Bowlers Journal Interactive, called “Pitching Change,” in which Team USA head coach Rod Ross explains why it may be time to evaluate and possibly change the […]


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 […]


An Education in the Trenches

May 30th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

An Education in the Trenches

By Mort Luby Jr. (Part 6 in a 12-Part Series) MORT LUBY SR. was a rabid Notre Dame football fan, a devout member of the famed Subway Alumni. When the subject of my own education came up at the dinner table, I’d slyly suggest colleges, which I imagined to be teeming with gorgeous co-eds. For […]


The History of Bowlers Journal International

May 30th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

The History of Bowlers Journal International

12 stories in 12 months from former Bowlers Journal editor Mort Luby Jr.



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