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Bowling great Don Carter dies at 85
Yahoo ^ | 1/6/12 | Steven Wine | AP

Posted on 01/06/2012 2:07:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge

MIAMI (AP) — Don Carter, the bowling great with the unorthodox style who flourished as a genuine sports celebrity during the game's golden age on TV, has died. He was 85.

Carter died at his home in Miami on Thursday night, the Professional Bowlers Association said Friday. He recently was hospitalized with pneumonia complicated by emphysema.

Carter, known as "Mr. Bowling," was the game's original superstar. He became his sport's most recognizable name at a time when alleys were thriving across the country and bowling was starting to assert itself as a fixture on television. Carter was a leading force in the formation of the PBA in 1958 and became a charter member of the PBA Hall of Fame in 1975.

He had a style all his own as he took his steps to the line. With his stooped shoulders and cocked elbow, he made a deep knee bend as he unleashed the ball as if pushing it toward the pins.

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"Don was the greatest bowler of his era," Bluth said. "There was no one like him."

He also did something that no one in baseball, football or golf ever did. He became the first athlete in American sports history to sign a $1 million marketing endorsement contract, with bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite in 1964.

"It is impossible to put into words what Don Carter meant to the PBA and the sport of bowling," PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. "He was a pioneer, a champion and will never be forgotten."

The 6-foot, 200-pound Carter bowled five 800 series, 13 perfect games and six 299s in sanctioned play. He practically held a monopoly on bowling honors. He was voted Bowler of the Year six times (1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962).

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: bowling; dies; doncarter; obit
RIP Don

The 'Babe Ruth' of Bowling

1 posted on 01/06/2012 2:07:20 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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13 perfect games.. no big deal.

Kim Jong Il once bowled 5 perfect games in a row..

I was a wee tot when he was on the boob tube on Saturday Bowling.


2 posted on 01/06/2012 2:10:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

13 perfect games. I’d love to bowl just one.


3 posted on 01/06/2012 2:15:01 PM PST by TADSLOS (Gingrich-Santorum FTW!)
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To: TADSLOS
13 perfect games. I’d love to bowl just one.

The late Kim Jong Il bowled a 300 game his first time.

4 posted on 01/06/2012 2:17:27 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: TADSLOS

I think I broke 200 once .. amazing what folks like Don could do with a bowling ball.. must have been the beer,, I didn’t have much of a hook either.. pure let ‘er rip and hope for pincount.


5 posted on 01/06/2012 2:18:38 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: dfwgator

We’re losing all the greats, huh?


6 posted on 01/06/2012 2:20:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I remember him going head to head with Earl Anthony.


7 posted on 01/06/2012 2:21:04 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gone to the great 7-10 split in the sky,,,


8 posted on 01/06/2012 2:22:40 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Don Carter: Perhaps the Greatest Bowler Ever
9 posted on 01/06/2012 2:24:47 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: NormsRevenge

...spent many a Saturday afternoon watching him on ABC...Mark Roth, Earl Anthony...


10 posted on 01/06/2012 2:25:04 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Can you imagine the disappointment of throwing SIX frickin’ 299 games??? OMG.


11 posted on 01/06/2012 2:29:26 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: NormsRevenge

How’s the Un doing at bowling?


12 posted on 01/06/2012 2:37:59 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: who knows what evil?

How do you bowl a 299? Get strikes on every frame except the last one then hit all the pins with the exception of one and then pick up the spare?


13 posted on 01/06/2012 2:40:56 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: who knows what evil?

Chris Schenkel broadcaster!


14 posted on 01/06/2012 2:41:18 PM PST by orinoco
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To: NormsRevenge
I've taken up bowling recently, now middle aged, in a serious way- bought my first ball, had it custom drilled, took several lessons from the shop pro. I can bowl a respectable 160 - 170 game now. My high score to date is 234. Bowling is much like golf in the sense that so many little things matter and must come together consistently to make good scores. It's as much mental as physical- maybe more so. Lane conditions matter too, which I never realized. You must be able to read oil patterns on the lane and adjust your position and aim points accordingly.

I really marvel at bowlers who consistently bowl in the mid 200s.

15 posted on 01/06/2012 2:43:03 PM PST by TADSLOS (Gingrich-Santorum FTW!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

11 strikes; then 9 pins on the last ball...


16 posted on 01/06/2012 2:45:17 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: NormsRevenge

big deal...Chuck Norris bowls overhand


17 posted on 01/06/2012 2:45:41 PM PST by advertising guy (dammit)
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To: orinoco
Chris Schenkel broadcaster!

Exactly!

18 posted on 01/06/2012 2:50:11 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?
Can you imagine the disappointment of throwing SIX frickin’ 299 games??? OMG.

He evidently threw strikes on the first 11 balls 19 times in tournament play, then hit a final strike to complete the perfect game 13 times out of 19. Impressive.

19 posted on 01/06/2012 2:53:23 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Interesting Times

I realized (just as I hit Post, natch), that Carter might have also had a couple of 298s or 297s.


20 posted on 01/06/2012 2:55:50 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: orinoco

What a great broadcaster-Chris Schenkel.


21 posted on 01/06/2012 3:09:29 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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22 posted on 01/06/2012 3:31:51 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: NormsRevenge

My dad says that Andy Varipapa was the best bowler ever.


23 posted on 01/06/2012 3:43:51 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: SkyDancer

Oh my, talk about a blast from the past. Born and raised in St. Louis —had known Don Carter and Ray Bluth most of my life. Good friends of my dad’s.

My dad bowled several nights a week (mom was bowling widow). Dad not good enough for pro, but had a bowling average well over 200 most of his life. Dad worked to get the Bowling Hall of Fame started. Spent many nights in a bowling alley, smelling the burgers on the grill....

Dad won a lot of trophies —learned to hate ‘em as it was my job every Saturday morning to dust the damn things... :-)
PJ


24 posted on 01/06/2012 4:08:52 PM PST by duckbutt (Those who pay no taxes have no check on their appetite for services.)
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To: duckbutt

I gave up bowling for pool. I’m pretty good at it.


25 posted on 01/06/2012 4:14:01 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: BerryDingle

Great video. Wonder how many men watching a bowling tournament wear a suit and tie these days???


26 posted on 01/06/2012 5:38:32 PM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: advertising guy

When Chuck Norris bowls the pins fall over to get out of the way.


27 posted on 01/06/2012 8:25:16 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: NormsRevenge

RIP.


28 posted on 01/06/2012 11:24:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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