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Walter Swanson

Pioneers of Yesterday

Bowled for 72 years.  Began setting pins at the age of eight during the 1913-14 season.  At that time wooden balls were used with rubber balls gaining in popularity.  At the age of fourteen, worked as a foul judge.  Started league bowling in 1921 and tallied first 600 when sixteen.  Four years later, in a tournament in Shakopee, captured second place and cashed for $80.00 with his Actual four game series of 832. 
In 1954 won the Minnesota "State" Singles title with 667.  At age 73, averaged 183 in league and won Most Improved Bowler in addition to rolling a 676 series.  At age 80, averaged 166 and 168 in the Golden Age League at Hillcrest.  Also wrote for the Eastsider newspaper and reported bowling highlights in his column. Personal high game is 278 and high series is 694.

Last Updated : Jan-01-2013