Pioneers of Yesterday
John never bowled until his early twenties. He had an overwhelming desire to play professional baseball and was offered contracts by the St. Louis Cardinals and a team in the Southern League. His highest season average was 200 and he had 2 – 298 games with a 733 high series. He was a member of the Schmidt’s team when they won the league Championship bowling with Ed Maehren, Leo Mann, Norm Abrams Dick O’Brien and Bud Johnson. He helped create the Twin Cities first traveling league. He worked at the Minneapolis Recreation and owned Edina Bowling Center, Celebrity Lanes and Southdale Bowl. John was the first proprietor in the world to offer baby-sitting for league participants. He was also one of the first to have high-school classes brought to the bowling center during school hours under school supervision. John was a great promoter of the junior bowling program. He was also the first to have celebrity leagues with the Twins and the Vikings. Some noted celebrities were Jim Kaat, Billy Martin, Rich Rollins, Herb Carneal and Ray Scott. He was the commentator on Bowlerama and a commentator and Master of Ceremonies on All-Star Bowling. He was able to make local celebrities out of some great local bowlers such as Fran Morrisette, Eddie Maehren, Dick O’Brien, Norm Abrams, Bill Fecht, Leo Mann and many others. He was instrumental in creating the CBA and was the Tournament Director for approximately 20 years. He also formed the Midwest Seniors Classic. He was always interested in Bowling and served in many capacities with the local BPAA, state BPAA and the National BPAA. He is a current member of the Minneapolis and CBA Hall of Fames.
Last Updated : Dec-28-2015