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Small-time Gangsters, High-stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became A Bowling Champion

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Most of us think of bowling as a "sport" in quotation marks, and bowling alleys are places with disco balls, matching shirts, and funny shoes. But in the 1960s, New York City was the center of "action bowling", a form of high-stakes gambling in which bowlers--often teenagers--faced off for thousands of dollars every night. When money like that is changing hands, you can bet the pressure is on (and the balls are rigged), and losses come with dire consequences. But for a few kids, the world of action bowling would turn out to be a ticket off the mean streets and onto the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. For Ernie Schlegel, it would be a chance to shed his hustler ways and become a bonafide champion.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2014
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
ISBN: 9781605986456
1605986453
Branch Call Number: 794.6092 SCHLEGE MANZION
Characteristics: xiii, 226 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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Jan 09, 2015

If Quentin Tarantino were to make a movie about bowling, he might look here for inspiration. This throwback look at the late-night NYC action bowling scene is colorful and outrageous, full of crazy gangsters, hustlers, gamblers and of course bowlers. Non-bowlers may be confused by all the name-dropping and I became less engaged once the book began focusing on Ernie Schlegel's pro path. Otherwise, bowling fans will eat it up, and even casual bowlers may be intrigued by this bygone era.

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