A Chinese proverb says an invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, despite the time, the place, despite the circumstances. The thread can be tightened or tangle, but never be broken.
Anne Francis in ‘The Great American Pastime’, 1956.
Obit of the Day: “Mr. Bowling”
Don Carter, a St. Louis native who played baseball with Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola as a kid, became one of the greatest bowlers of all time. A co-founder of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) he was named PBA Bowler of the Year six times: 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962. At the height of bowling’s popularity in the United States, Carter became the first athlete in any professional sport to sign a $1 million endorsement deal, with ball manufacturer Ebonite.
He was inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 1970 and the PBA Hall of Fame in 1975. Bowling magazine ranked him as the second greatest bowler of the 20th century in 2000. “Mr. Bowling” died at the age of 85.
Random note: Both of Mr. Carter’s wives, LaVerne Haverly and Paula Sperber, are in the Women’s International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.
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Ellen Stratton, 1959