History of Bowling

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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.


About the C5PBA __ You will find an overview of the sport of 5-pin bowling. - From c5pba.ca - http://www.c5pba.ca/about_us/history.php  

An All-Too-Long History of Bowling __ What an interesting timeline for the game of bowling.  Did you know it dates back to 5200 B.C.? - From cardhouse.com - http://cardhouse.com/x06/history.html

Bowlers and Bowling Ball History - Fun Facts, Questions, Answers, Information __ Bowling trivia, history and a quiz. - From funtrivia.com - http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/Bowlers-and-Bowling-Ball-History-318331.html

The Bowling Coach - History of Bowling __ "Archaeologists have found evidence of bowling-type games from as long as five thousand years ago. This makes bowling one of the oldest sports on record,..." A brief history of bowling along with a ton of additional information about the game. - illustrated - From thebowlingcoach.com - http://www.thebowlingcoach.com/history_of_bowling.html  

Bowling History __ "Although it is difficult to trace the sport's origins to a single source, implements for games similar to bowling have been discovered at ancient Egyptian gravesites that are more than 7,000 years old."  Now read the rest of the story. - From Unknown - http://www.angelfire.com/vt2/mybowlinghistory2010/7.html


Bowling History - The History of Bowling __ "Read about the history of bowling, from its origins in ancient Rome to modern ten pin bowling alleys and outdoor bocce lanes." - illustrated - From bowlingballs.us - http://www.bowlingballs.us/bowling.htm

Bowling History | Origin of Bowling __ From ancient Egypt through Europe and into North America, a general history of bowling. - illustrated - From helpwithbowling.com - http://helpwithbowling.com/history-origins-of-bowling.php

Brunswick history/pin factory __ 1950s video about the history of Brunswick, including the bowling pin factory. - video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpFIMkFutMQ

Candlepin Bowling History __ "In 1879 Justin White purchased a billiard and bowling establishment on Pearl Street in Worcester. Shortly after his purchase he discovered some unconventional bowling pins included in the purchase, one inch wood cylinders ten inches high resembling broomsticks..."  You will find a good overview of this form of bowling. - From bowlcandlepin.com - http://www.bowlcandlepin.com/History.htm

The Chemistry of Bowling: A Short History of Bowling Balls, Lanes, Coatings, and Conditioners __ When one thinks of bowling, it is seldom with a thought for the chemistry that went into its development or the physics brought into play. - From heartontheleft.wordpress.com - http://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2008/07/26/the-chemistry-of-bowling-a-short-history-of-bowling-balls-lanes-coatings-and-conditioners/

Chronological History of Fivepin Bowling - Bowl Canada __ Annotated timeline of Fivepin bowling. - From bowlcanada.ca - http://www.bowlcanada.ca/anniversary/chronologicalhistory.php

Duck Pin Bowling History __ "Duckpin bowling was born in Baltimore, Maryland, has been around since 1900. It was one of Babe Ruth's favorite games, besides baseball, of course!"  Learn the whole tale. - illustrated - from robinsweb.com - http://www.robinsweb.com/duckpin/duckpin-history.html

Facts Of Bowling Pin History __ "As man evolved, so too did the game and its trademark bowling pin design. Whereas the first pins likely were made of stone or another crude material, the pins of today have come a long way."  A history of bowling pins. - From ezinearticles.com - http://ezinearticles.com/?Facts-Of-Bowling-Pin-History&id=601306

Facts Of Bowling Pin History __ An online self publishing board filled with information about bowling and bowling pin history.  I can't vouch for the accuracy of everything since it is a 'board,' but many posts have the sound of authenticity. - From bowlingboards.com - http://www.bowlingboards.com/archive/index.php/t-14.html

HickokSports.com - History - Bowling __ A history of tenpin bowling. - From hickoksports.com - http://www.hickoksports.com/history/bowling.shtml 


History of Bowling __ "During the 3d and 4th centuries, bowling was a religious ceremony for determining absence of sin. German parishioners had to roll or throw an object at a pin or kegel (derivation of the word kegler for bowler) to avoid performing an act of penance."  I never knew that.  Did you?  A brief history and good timeline. - From bowling2u.com - http://www.bowling2u.com/trivia/game/history_of_bowling.asp  

History of Bowling __ You will find a brief look at bowling history along with a collection of links to other related articles. - From ezinearticles.com - http://ezinearticles.com/?History-of-Bowling&id=354429

History Of Bowling __ "The history of bowling can be traced to ancient times. How did it evolve into the game we love today? Here's a short history." - From essortment.com - http://www.essortment.com/history-bowling-58756.html

History of Bowling | Bowling History | International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame __ "A British anthropologist, Sir Flinders Petrie, discovered in the 1930's a collection of objects in a child's grave in Egypt that appeared to him to be used for a crude form of bowling. If he was correct, then bowling traces its ancestry to 3200 BC. "  Good overview of Bowling history. - illustrated - From bowlingmuseum.com - http://www.bowlingmuseum.com/Visit/HistoryofBowling.aspx

History of Bowling Balls __ A brief history of bowling balls and their materials. - From kingpinbowlingballs.com - http://www.kingpinbowlingballs.com/history-bowling-balls

History of Bowling Lanes __ A brief history of bowling lanes from ancient outdoor facilities to modern air conditioned bowling palaces. - From ehow.com - http://www.ehow.com/facts_6851424_history-bowling-lanes.html


History of Lawn Bowling (Flat Green Bowling) __ "Lawn Bowling History Page: Information about the history of lawn bowls AKA flat green bowling." - illustrated - From valebowlingclub.co.uk - http://www.valebowlingclub.co.uk/bowling_history.htm

History Of Pin Bowling – Essential Facts Of Pin Bowling __ "The game of skittles or kegelspiel plays a significant role in the evolution of pin bowling. In Germany the kegelspiel game expanded. In this game player rolled small wooden balls at nine skittles, which were arranged in a diamond formation." A general history of pin bolwing. - From icnsportsweb.com - http://www.icnsportsweb.com/history-pin-bowling.html

History of Tenpin Bowling __ "Although the unique pedigree of bowling hardly sounds like a recipe for one of modern America’s favorite family pastimes, the truth remains that the game is roughly ninety percent derived from ancient Egypt and ten percent derived from nineteenth century law dodgers. "  It was those outlaws that made the game modern. - From topendsports.com - http://www.topendsports.com/sport/tenpin/history.htm

When Was the First Bowling Shoe Made?  __ "There is no direct source explaining the very first shoe made and when it was used in bowling, but footwear may have been optional throughout different cultures."  A brief history of bowling shoes. - From ehow.com - http://www.ehow.com/about_5810897_first-bowling-shoe-made_.html

Wood vs Synthetic Bowling Lanes __ A discussion of some of the different lane surfaces that have been used throughout the history of modern bowling. - From strikingdifference.com - http://www.strikingdifference.com/index.php?file=q_a_10_07.html


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