Friday, August 26, 2011
Canadian Invention: 5-pin bowling
It was devised around 1909 by Thomas (Tommy) F. Ryan in Toronto, Ontario, at his Toronto Bowling Club, in response to customers who complained that the ten-pin game was too strenuous. He cut five tenpins down to about 75% of their size, and used hand-sized hard rubber balls. Original Pin values were established as “4-2-1-3-5” (from left to right), it was then revised in 1952 to "2-3-5-3-2" - the same values we use today.
In 1921 the first perfect “450” game bowled by Bill Bromfield in Toronto. The same year the first women's league was started in Toronto.
In 2008 Heritage Canada recognizes 5-Pin Bowling as a Canadian “Heritage Sport" - Five-pin bowling is truly a Canadian sport!!
Source: Wikipedia, canadabowls.ca