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They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital

They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital
They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital
Paperback: $24.95
288 pages, 87 b/w photos and illus., 8 x 9"
ISBN: 9780870203879

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Doug Schmidt

Bowling! From the thrill of the perfect strike to the agony of a ball gone astray, this popular sport is known throughout the nation. In this authoritative and lively book, Doug Schmidt traces bowling's roots from a German religious rite centuries ago to the sport that made Milwaukee famous. From the taverns and saloons that housed recreational games to the sell-out crowds and million-dollar beer sponsorships of televised tournaments, this well-illustrated book covers both sport and city, charting the changing face of bowling over the century. Packed with memorable showdowns and improbable heroes, They Came to Bowl will take you back to the changing lanes of bowling in Milwaukee—and the sport as a whole.

Doug Schmidt is generally regarded as Wisconsin's pre-eminent bowling historian. The editor and publisher of the state's "Ten Pin Journal" since 1992, Schmidt has been a contributor to United Press International, the Associated Press, "Bowlers Journal International Magazine," "Bowling Magazine," "Bowling Digest" and "American Bowler." A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Schmidt was inducted into the Greater Milwaukee Bowling Hall of Fame in 2004.