Fact File: Who invented Bowling? Invention *** Date of Invention: c. 3100 B.C. *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Historical Period: Ancient Egyptian: Early Dynastic Period (3100 - 2686 BCE) *** Category: Sport *** Country of Origin: Ancient Egypt ***
Fact 1: Who invented Bowling? The name of the inventor of Bowling
is unknown but it is believed to have been invented in c. 3100 B.C. during the
Ancient Egyptian: Early Dynastic Period (3100 - 2686 BCE) era of inventions.
Fact 2: Who invented Bowling? The oldest evidence of the Ancient
Egyptian game of bowling was found in 1932 by Sir Flinders Petrie in an Ancient
Egyptian grave which contained various archaic bowling pins and bowling balls.
Fact 3: Who invented Bowling? The throwing, or rolling, of stones
to hit a target or mark is certainly among the earliest of games and sports in
Fact 4: Who invented Bowling? The word 'bowl' derives from old
English to mean a 'wooden ball' and the word bowl eventually took on the meaning
of "to roll a ball on the ground". The word 'pin' derives from the Old English
word 'pinn' which originally meant a jutting peg or bolt.
Who invented Bowling? The invention of Bowling in c. 3100 B.C. led to the
much later invention of bowls and skittles during the Medieval era and a similar
version of skittles called 'Ninepin bowling' was introduced to America from
Europe during the colonial era. Different forms of the sport such as candlepin
bowling was introduced in 1880 and duckpin bowling was invented in 1895.
Fact 6: Who
invented Bowling? The invention of the game of Bowls dates back to the 13th
century when images of the the sport were used to illustrate Medieval
manuscripts. An annual bowls tournament was known to have been held in
Southampton, England in 1299 and details of this event include first reference
to the use of a 'bowling green'.
Fact 7: Who invented Bowling? The
game of Bowls became so popular that, together with other sports and games, was
banned on a Sunday in 1366 by King Edward III of England so that men would
concentrate on archery practice.
Fact 8: Who
invented Bowling? The most famous story related to bowls relates to the
legend of the Elizabethan sailor and explorer Sir Francis Drake who famously
finished his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe in Devon before he joined in the fray
against the great Spanish Armada that threatened to invade England in 1588.
Fact 9: Who invented Bowling? The modern version of tenpin
bowling originated in America as a variant of the German nine-pin game 'Kegeln'
aka 'Kegel' (the German name for skittle) which was introduced to the New World
by German immigrants. Kegel was played as a gambling game in which large amounts
of money were won and lost.
Fact 10: Who invented Bowling? In 1733 Bowling Green Park was
opened and is the oldest public park in New York City. The park got its name for
its inclusion of a bowling green.
Fact 11: Who invented Bowling? The popular game of Bowling was
mentioned in the famous American story of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
that was published in 1812. In the story Rip Van Winkle was woken up by the
sound of "crashing ninepins".
Fact 12: Who invented Bowling? The first indoor bowling alley was
Knickerbockers of New York City, that was built in 1840.
Fact 13: Who invented Bowling? The American game of 'ninepins'
continued the betting history of the game to such an extent that in 1841 the
state of Connecticut passed a law making it illegal to maintain "any ninepin
lanes". Wealthy people circumnavigated the law by building private lanes in
Fact 14: Who invented Bowling? Adding an extra pin to the banned
game of 'ninepins' exploited a loophole in the law and enabled ordinary people
to continue playing the game. The game of Ninepins thus changed to the game of
Fact 15: Who invented Bowling? Candlepin bowling, which used more
slender pins, was developed in 1880 in Worcester, Massachusetts, by Justin
White, a local billiards and bowling center owner.
Fact 16: Who invented Bowling? The first standardisation of the
rules for the sport was established at Beethoven Hall in New York City on
September 9, 1895 as the American Bowling Congress and major national bowling
competitions were established.
Fact 17: Who invented Bowling? Duckpin bowling, which used shorter,
lighter but squatter pins, was developed in Baltimore around 1900 at a bowling,
billiards and pool hall owned by John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson.
Fact 18: Who invented Bowling? Bowling balls were traditionally
made from a dense hardwood but in 1905 this changed when the first rubber ball,
or Mineralite ball, was introduced to the game. The material of the balls
changed with the advances of new technology and polyester ("plastic") balls were
produced in the late 1950s and polyurethane ("urethane") balls were introduced
during the 1980's. Modern bowling balls are made from particle and reactive
Fact 19: Who invented Bowling? For many years the pins were set up
and reset manually by a man called the 'pinsetter', who also returned the balls
to the players. In 1936 Gottfried Schmidt invented the mechanical pinsetter
which automated this job. Gottfried Schmidt used common everyday items such a
flower pots and lamp shades to create his first machine
Fact 20: Who invented Bowling? In 1951, American Machine and
Foundry Company (AMF) purchased the patents to Gottfried Schmidt's automatic
mechanical pinsetter, and produced the machine called the "Pinspotter".
Fact 21: Who invented Bowling? Some of the first automatic
mechanical pinsetters were installed at Roselle Lanes (16 lanes) in Roselle, New
Jersey in April 1956.
Fact 22: Who invented Bowling? In 1958 the Professional Bowlers
Association (PBA) was founded by Eddie Elias, a television sports interviewer.
It was Eddie Elias that turned the game into one of the longest continuing
sports series on network TV and continued to be involved in the PBA until his
death in 1998.
Fact 20: Who invented Bowling? The game and sport of bowling
continues its popularity to the present day with over 95 million enthusiastic
bowlers playing across over 90 countries.
Fast Info and Fact File: Who
invented Bowling? Country of Origin: Ancient Egypt *** Name of Inventor:
Unknown *** Nationality of Inventor: Ancient Egyptian *** Date of Invention: c.
3100 B.C. *** Invention Era: Ancient Egyptian: Early Dynastic Period (3100 -
2686 BCE) *** Invention category: Sport ***