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A.S.-(Babe) Ernst

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Well-known manager of Harkins Palace (downtown) from 1951 until 1968 when a fire caused closing of the lanes. During that time he sponsored some half-dozen to dozen teams per season in various leagues at Harkins. Past President of both the St. Paul BPA and Minnesota State BPA. It was during his reign as proprietor president that the original Captain-Sponsor dinners were inaugurated, which later broadened to become the present Bowler's Recognition Dinner. He began and managed the St. Paul Singles Classic tournament which ended ten years later due to the fire. Member of the committee composed of bowlers, proprietors and city officials that succeeded in bringing the ABC tournament to St. Paul in 1965. Has attended 27 ABC tournaments and was a delegate half dozen times. Has competed in local leagues for about 35 years. Sports a 175 to 180 average over his career with a high series in the 680's and a high single game of 279.

Last Updated : Jan-01-2013