CANDELPIN BOWLING SET

Title

CANDELPIN BOWLING SET

Contributor

PAUL WAMBACH

Description

Interview with Paul Wambach:
Candlepin bowling was invented here in Worcester in 1880. The first pins were made from broomsticks, about 16 to 17 inches high, and set up in the traditional formation. Years ago, before automatic pinsetters were invented in the late 1950s, they used to have pin boys. People would be bowling, and the pinboys would sit back by the pins, reset them and throw the ball back. Ten pin bowling is everywhere, but candlepin is only in New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces.
I was a professional candlepin bowler on the World Candlepin Bowlers Congress Tour. [He was ranked four on the tour in the early 1980s.] We always said that candlepin bowling never got out of New England because New Englanders are tough and hardy and don’t go for that other easy game.

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Reference

CANDELPIN BOWLING SET

Cite As

“CANDELPIN BOWLING SET,” Worcester in 50, accessed November 17, 2018, http://worcesterin50.com/items/show/41.

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