people in more than
play the game.
the 1930s, British Anthropologist
Sir Flinders Petrie became the first
to discover evidence of a bowling-like
game. He found ancient objects in
a childs grave in Egypt that
were allegedly used for a primitive
form of the game. The artifacts have
been dated back to 3200 BC, effectively
making bowling over 5,000 years old!
The first written mention of a bowling-like
sport can be traced to the year 1366
in England. Allegedly King Edward
III outlawed the game in order to
keep his troops focused on their archery
practice, but it was most certainly
in vogue (and legal) during the reign
of King Henry VIII. Many variations
of bowling have come from Europe including
Italian bocce, French pentanque, and
even Britains lawn bowling.
The origin of the tenpin game is still
unknown, but by the late 1800s
it was prevalent in New York, Ohio,
and Illinois. It was then that the
American Bowling Congress was formed.
The first Mineralite ball was introduced
in 1914 by the Brunswich Corporation,
and the first commercial installation
of a pin setting machine came in 1952,
making "pin boys" almost