Monday, February 11, 2019

Trivia — Split Score in Seattle

On this day in 1905, James Blackstone of Seattle, Washington received a score of 299.5 in a game of bowling. The unlikely incident occurred when on the last ball of a perfect game, one pin split in half. The bottom half of the pin stood in its position while the top half flew off. Judges at the bowling lane credited the bowler for half a pin, ruining his perfect game but leaving a score that has never been achieved in any other recorded game in history. (Source: The Writer’s Almanac)

Personal Postscript — poor Blackstone ... but why the foregoing appears at The Writer’s Almanac is beyond all understanding ... and why I’ve included it here is also baffling ... in any case, it’s strange trivia about a “sport” I once enjoyed but could not master ... Hell, I even worked at bowling alleys ... once briefly in ‘62 as pinsetter, which could be dangerous, and again briefly in ‘70 at the counter amoung dirty rental shoes, filthy money, and annoying customers ...

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4 comments:

  1. boy, what a checkered past! i was a lousy bowler; my wrists weren't strong enough, i think... i took a college course in it to satisfy a PE requirement and got a C in it...

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    1. From A to Z, I’ve had dozens of different jobs .... now my “job” has me away from home to paint my son’s house ... three days of fun! ....

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    2. inside or out? i've done that. once i painted the inside of a two-story house in one day and got $20 for it; those were the days... when i discovered paint guns i did the outside of our house in a day, not including prep, of course... and it didn't look all that hot when i got through... i'm impressed you're still able to do stuff like that... i'm a little past it...

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    3. Inside ... but discovered after 6 hours that I ain’t up to the challenge.... think my son will have to finish it without me ... I’m over the hill ...

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