Bowling trivia that even a diehard bowler can’t possibly know

So you think you know a little something about bowling, huh? I ran across some interesting bowling trivia on the Internet this week. My guess is that most of you will not be able to answer many of the upcoming questions no matter how closely you follow the sport. But I’ll give you the chance. Just don’t look for the answers before you shout out your best guess.

So here you go. I will ask the questions and you have as much time as you want to consider an answer (like I could control that), but please – if you actually do shout out the answers – we need to have a long, long talk.

Question No. 1. Who holds the record for the most gutter balls thrown in a season and how many channel cats did he throw?

Question No. 2. Martin Luther had his own bowling lane, but what was unique about his game?

Question No. 3. How much money was spent on bowling balls in the U.S. in 1963?

Question No. 4. What was the name of the bowling alley where Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble bowled? What was their team name?

Question No. 5. What was the value of a perfect score in the early days of bowling?

Question No. 6. What was the original purpose of the decorative screens (or masking units) found at the end of lanes?

Question No. 7. Sir Francis Drake bowled while waiting for whom?

Question No. 8. Who rolled the first recognized 300 game? Here’s a hint. He did so in 1902. You’re welcome.

Question No. 9. Which King of England bowled when he was not executing his wives?

Question No. 10. In the comic strip Peanuts, what was Snoopy’s bowling nickname and what was his average?

Those are the questions on this quiz. If you are reading this column before your spouse, you might want to test them. Maybe they will want to shout out their responses. At any rate here are the correct answers.

No. 1. That would be none other than “Poodles” Nelson who threw an incredible 89 gutter balls in 1895. What I would like to know is who kept track of this stat. While you will draw attention if you dump one in today’s game, nobody is going to be counting how many you throw.

No. 2. Martin Luther bowled with only nine pins. When he took a break from translating the Bible into German, he supposedly wrote a book of rules for nine pin bowling.

I like the idea of bowling with just nine pins. Never liked that 10(th) pin anyway.

No. 3. $43, 600,000. This fact would be more interesting if we could compare it to other years, such as 1962 or 1964 or NOW

No. 4. All right, we all watched the Flintstones, but did you know the bowling alley was called the Bedrock Bowl O Rama? If you did you are smarter than me and you get a bonus point if you knew the team name was the Water Buffaloes.

No. 5. The obvious answer would be 300, but this is not a trick question. In the early days a perfect score was 200. I have no idea how that score was accomplished, but if it was the magic number today, I would have a large number of perfect games. Well, some at least.

You are half way through the quiz. What is your score thus far? If you have failed to dent the scoreboard you are probably not alone.

No. 6. The original purpose of the decorative screens was not for decoration at all. Instead, it was to prevent pin boys from taunting bowlers as this led to a number of brawls in the pubs where many bowling alleys were located.

I wonder if we can remove those masking units so we could have some fun. No fighting though. I’m much too old for that!

No. 7. If you said “for Mrs. Drake to finish shopping,” shame on you. If you know your history you might have guessed that he was waiting for the Spanish Armada in 1588. That would indeed be the correct answer.

No. 8. The first 300 game recorded belongs to Ernie Fosberg. Maybe giving you the year was not that great a clue. How many bowlers do you actually know from 1902?

No. 9. Another history question. Many of you may have got this one right. Henry VIII was the king that was not willing to tolerate several of his spouses. Do you suppose they complained about him bowling too much?

No. 10. I am a big fan of Peanuts, but I did not know the answer to this two part question. His nickname was Joe Sandbagger and his average was 1, which gives me two thoughts. First of all, with that average, “Poodles” record would have been obliterated. That’s OK, though. I’ve always liked beagles better than poodles!

Here is my second thought. Did any of you score higher on this quiz than the famed Beagle did on the lanes?

Here are this week’s scores as the bowling season winds down.

Imperial-Majorette: Ben Hoyda 737, Steve Steinmetz Jr. 675, Bob Eaton 622, Dodi Gaietto 478, Linda Brookes 472 and Phyllis Hyde 433.

Big 8: Dave Ross 705, Brian Soals 684, Aaron Sherman 684, Greg Tiell 678, Scott Washburn 662, Aaron Scott 661, Jim Hershberger 657, Jeff Smith 652, Ryan Chevalier 645, Mike Carroll 638, Matt Hoover 638, Rich Yates Jr. 613, Mark Baxter 613, Herb Sendelbach 602 and Dave Sauber 600.

Twilight: Tim Sturgill 635, Nick Bumb 651, Tom Tiell 649, Matt Clay 611, Steve Barnes 611, Hank Wagner 603, Rhonda Fitch 556, Robin Brownell 486 and Michelle Wagner 445.

Alley Cats: Robin Dickman 632, Carla Siebenaller 542, Pat Cook 509, Lorrie Williams 491 and Dianne Hoover 490.

Rocket: Steve Barnes 649, Tim Sturgill 593, John Funk 585, Tyson Shope 556, John Klingshirn 544 and Dottie Funk 471.

Sportsman: Rich Yates Sr. 727, Jim Mason 605, Scott Hartsel 577, Jack Kramer 561 and Harry Smith 560.

55 Plus: Jim Ruess 595, Jim Ferstler 571, Bob Reinhart 567, Ken Gaietto 545, Rick Hanna 542, Dick Gabel 538, Bill Mizen 527, John Ferstler 525, Ron Mellott 520 and Dave Everhart 503.

Al Stephenson is The A-T’s bowling columnist.

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