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Grew up in Waynesboro, PA, and set pins at the local bowling center until it converted to tenpins in 1960. Also bowled ducks at Zook's in W'boro (it closed around 1980). I remember open bowling rubberband ducks with my dad in York, PA. Moved to Atlanta, GA, area, where I bowled tenpins with Dick Nelson, who was a converted duckpin bowler. He switched when Rinaldi's (the last duckpin house in GA) closed. Dick was the #2 or #3 nationally ranked bowler at the same time that Jimmy Wolfensberger was #1 -- they used to bowl exhibition matches against one another in the late 1960s.
I like your site -- it brings back some OLD memories.
Barry Shildneck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 00:58:27 (EDT)
Born and raised in Baltimore and used to bowl at Stoneleigh and Govans. My Dad was a great bowler and I still have the pin he won for bowling a 211 !!! I wish they had them down here !
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Davie, Fl USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 20:54:17 (EDT)
What great memories! I used to live in Federalsburg MD. as a kid and we went Duck Pinning all the time. I bowl quite a bit now but live in WVA so no ducks! What a shame. I petitioned Nintendo to incorporate Duckpin into a sports collection for the Wii but I doubt they even know what it is. Sigh!
James R. Blevins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Charleston, WV USA - Monday, September 19, 2011 at 18:48:38 (EDT)
Thanks for your informative post. I am going to share and bookmark your post for future reference.
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CA, CA USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 15:46:43 (EDT)
GREAT SITE, I remember-watch it on TV-Bowling 4 Dollars, going as a kid,still
going to Edgemere lanes..The reason for web-searching today is I found a
bag/2-balls(Ebonite Tornado)/jar of'stick-em' and a score sheet (Spillway
Bowling Lanes,2501 E.Monument street.BR6-5555) last night at a local thrift
store.Brings back alot of memorys..Glad that I still have 2 lanes with-in
15 min. of my house...STRIKE !!!
Dundalk, Maryland USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2011 at 09:26:01 (EST)
i love your site keep up the great work duckpin bowling rules
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San Francisco, ca USA - Friday, February 18, 2011 at 16:40:54 (EST)
As a kid (in the 60's & 70's) we would duckpin bowl on our way back from
vacation in Va. Now I'm 49 and every year my family gets together around
Xmas and travels to Baltimore to bowl. What started as a family of 5 has
grown to 12-16 (with kids and grandkids). We see who can bowl the highest
series and we keep the score cards knowing that someday it may be gone. I
hope not, it is a great game that everyone can play. My 4 year old nephew
will be bowling this friday. He has a great chance of beating me.LOL... Get
the kids away from the computer and video games and have some fun!!!
North East, Md USA - Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 22:50:02 (EST)
Back for more! This is a fantastic site for duckpin bowlers! Grew up with
Collins Bowladrome in Billerica, MA.. currently a sanctioned league bowler
at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston, RI. Keep up the great work with this site!
North Providence, RI USA - Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 20:56:54 (EDT)
We recently moved to Maryland from Ohio and I had never heard of Duckpin
bowling. We visited Pinland in Dundalk for the first time tonight thinking
that it would be regular 10 pin bowling. what a pleasant surprise! I'm totally
hooked! Thanks for the great website! It gave us all the information we were
looking for about Duckpin! SAVE THE DUCKS!
Dundalk, MD USA - Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 01:53:20 (EST)
I like your website very much. Make sure visit us when you come to bay
San Francisco, CA USA - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 16:11:34 (EDT)
I used to bowl on a duckpin league, and would love to join again after college..
this weekend though me and my fiance are going to boston to try candlepin
millington, md USA - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 11:37:16 (EDT)
hey guys,some info for all. im designing a new pinsetter,with computer,chain
and air cylinders to run with..once i pat it i will be looking for investors.ill
keep you all posted as i come along.please help keep this great sport
Washington Court House, Ohio USA - Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 00:32:19 (EDT)
What great memories your site brought back to me.I remember my parents taking
me to Two-Guys department store in Woodbridge NJ and in the rear of the store
they has the small lanes.The small swirl coloerd balls, the little pins,it
was great! I would love to do that again.Any lanes near south jersey? What
about the equiptment from a closed lane house? What happens to it? Loos like
it`s time for a road trip! Mark
Toms River, NJ USA - Friday, March 06, 2009 at 21:15:18 (EST)
I played duckpin bowling as a kid when my family lived in Baltimore Maryland.
My husband & I took our kids to a duckpin center in Indiana so they could
experience what I had as kid but the lanes were in terrible shape. We are
traveling to South Carolina this summer so my son can play in the Ripken
Experience tournament & are hopeful that we can fit a stop in at a duckpin
bowling alley while we are on vacation. I wish our area would offer duckpin
bowling. It is a great game!! Kathy
Joliet, IL USA - Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 21:51:37 (EST)
to do it, you can start by finding a person to start rebuilding the Sherman
machines, maybe a little better if possible. I found the blueprints for it
finally at freepatentsonline.com and I'm going to try and find someone who
wants to take a crack at building one. I'm 20 years old, not a lotta cash,
but if anyone knows anyone that wants to do it I will send what little cash
I have towards the cause. Too many people are just waiting for the sport
to die and it's going to if we keep thinking instead of acting.
Mt. Airy, MD USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 14:25:14 (EDT)
What a great idea. Keep me in the loop. I am moving to cape coral this summer.
I grew up with duckpins in Baltimore. Candlestick bowling just doean.t get
Long Beach, CA USA - Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 22:09:56 (EDT)
Hey this site is great but i did notice that the phone number for walkersville
lanes is wrong. The right number is 301-845-2244, but other than that this
place is great.
Thurmont, MD USA - Sunday, April 06, 2008 at 15:58:47 (EDT)
This is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. The kids and I have
a new hobby. Thank You
Wendover, NV USA - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 11:21:30 (EST)
duckpin bowled in Balt. MD had a blast. Anyone know where 2 duckpin bowl
in Pittsburgh,PA PLEASE PLEASE
pittsburgh, pa USA - Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 17:33:14 (EST)
My family and I will be visiting my hometown of Stratford, CT within the
month. I have a 6 year old daughter and I cannot wait to take her to the
duckpin lanes on Barnum Ave. I had birthday parties there as a kid and was
in a league at one point. It will be a lot of fun.
North Richland Hills, TX USA - Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 23:27:15 (EDT)
Hasn't riviera bowl closed? all the league is at glen burnie now
md` USA - Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 18:19:22 (EDT)
how come there is no duckpin bowling in CA.lots of asian loves to play this
sport. hope someday somebody's gonna build one here. alex
san jose, ca USA - Friday, September 07, 2007 at 00:51:16 (EDT)
how come there is no duckpin bowling in ca.lots of asian loves to play this
sport. hope someday somebody's gonna build one here.
san jose, ca USA - Friday, September 07, 2007 at 00:31:34 (EDT)
Hello everybody!! Can everybody tell me about duckpin bowling in Germany?
St.Augustin, NRW Germany - Friday, August 17, 2007 at 13:41:20 (EDT)
Love the website. I am searching for anyone who has a set of Arrow duckpin
balls in 4 7/8 inches 3 8 to 3 10 or five inch ball better than 3 10. Please
contact me directly at my email, firstname.lastname@example.org Greg P
Toronto, ON Canada - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 08:50:01 (EDT)
how much would it cost to build a duckpin bowling alley? also, would people
go to it if it was in CA? email me
Newbury Park, CA USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 12:23:23 (EDT)
My husband and I took our niece bowling yesterday. It was probably the first
time I bowled in over 30 years. She had never seen ducks. All 3 of us had
a great time and she said she liked it better than "regular bowling". To
me duckpin is "regular bowling" because that is what I grew up with. We bowled
at the Pikesville lanes in Maryland. But growing up, I bowled at Gwynn Oak
Junction (Liberty Heights)lanes that were run by Toots Barger. (At least
I think Toots ran that house).
Columbia, MD USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 08:16:06 (EDT)
My family bowled Duck Pin when I was younger. I only bowled 3 years, then
we moved to Florida. They have no Duck Pin Lanes in Florida. My wife and
I come up every 2 years and go Duck Pin Bowling. I wish they had a need for
Duck Pin Bowling in Florida.
Largo, Fl USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 09:33:56 (EDT)
The kids had off from school today, to I took them to the Barnum Duckpin
Lanes in Stratford, CT, where I had belonged to a student league some 40
years ago. What a blast we all had! What absolute treasures the house and
the game itself are. I'd like to think that my kids will be able to take
my grandkids there in 40 more years, but sadly, it looks like the Barnum
Duckpin Lanes might not make another year.
wilton, ct USA - Monday, March 26, 2007 at 21:35:10 (EDT)
I have been bowling for over 30 years. I was in a league with my dad for
many years and now I am in a league with my boys. It baffles me why more
people do not take time to bowl. It is really affordable fun.
RI USA - Monday, March 19, 2007 at 18:25:36 (EDT)
Our family used to bowl at Falls Church Lanes for many years. I was back
there recently; it was sad to see high-rise buildings where the alley had
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Monday, March 05, 2007 at 18:23:44 (EST)
I used to bowl in Arbutus as a teenager. Now, I take my son to the Glen Burnie
bowl. Sometimes we take my Mom. It's neat to find a game that 3 generations
can enjoy together. We heard the Riviera Beach bowling alley is closing this
Severn, MD USA - Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 20:08:52 (EST)
We're visiting family in Indiana and found that the two sites listed for
Indianapolis are actually at the same location now. Both alleys are at Fountain
Square Theater on Prospect Street. One is 1930's themed and the other is
Richmond, VA USA - Friday, December 29, 2006 at 10:53:18 (EST)
Hi, Great site! Very informative. I am looking for suppliers of Duckpin pins.
I would greatly appreciate any information. thanks.
Ormoc, Philippines - Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 19:29:51 (EST)
I watched duckpin bowling on tv as a kid in the 70's, played for the first
time last year....still can't figure out why I waited so long to play!! We
travel about 1 hour South to play. Our whole family LOVED duckpin!!
red lion , pa USA - Sunday, November 12, 2006 at 11:26:27 (EST)
From 1967 to 1979 I bowled every Saturday morning at the Capital Plaza Fair
Lanes in Landover Hills, MD. As an adult I bowled at the College Park and
Bowie lanes as well as the Queenstown, Prince George's Plaza and Wheaton
Plaza houses. Sadly, the last 3 houses are gone. Duckpin is a great sport
for kids and families. I hope it doesn't disappear. Thanks for having this
Karen Lamb Gundling
Wallace, NC USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 21:35:37 (EDT)
My wife is from New London and had never gone "bowling" until she moved to
the midwest. I had never heard of duckpin bowling before (being from the
midwest). We went on out 2006 trip to CT. My first throw at duckpin bowling
was a strike. I thought about opening a house in DeKalb, Illinois. Still
thinking about it.
DeKalb, IL USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 14:40:18 (EDT)
I just got back into Duckpins after 30 years. I set pins at the Eastway and
the New Highland @ .07 a game
Baltimore, Md USA - Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 20:11:54 (EDT)
Great Site!! I'm currently on a Duckpin league in Mt. Airy, MD and we have
the BEST time!! I hope you don't mind that I use the URL when chatting with
my friends about Duckpin Bowling. Most have never heard of it and since this
is the best site about it, it helps them understand what it's all about!
Walkersville, MD USA - Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 11:31:00 (EDT)
Duckpin bowling sounds like so much fun!! I bowl 10 pin and I'd love to try
Duckpin but it's nowhere near me! Thanks for all the info.
Roanoke, VA USA - Wednesday, August 09, 2006 at 22:22:21 (EDT)
Well, i'll tell ya, i grew up in Woburn Mass, which is about 20 miles north
of Boston and bowled candlepin for 20 years because that is ALL THERE IS.
I had to move to the south shore of Mass (due to my job) and wanted to join
a league... Well, candlepin does not exist in R.I and South mass!!!! I found
an alley in Warren R.I. called Dudex whom had "Duckpin". MAN I GOT HOOKED!!!
I am in my 5th year of league playing and my average is now a 128... I REALLY
LIKE IT!!!!! although i do miss my candles!!! Feel free to e-mail me if you
want to chat or bowl a frame or 2
Somerset, MA USA - Saturday, August 05, 2006 at 10:05:24 (EDT)
Never heard of duckpin bowling until last night. My wife, my five year old
twins and I all went and had a great time. It's easy to learn, difficult
to master and generally speaking the four of us had a great time. The alleys
were even really close to where we live. We'll be back!
Bethel, CT USA - Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 21:41:12 (EDT)
This is by far the most helpful and informative duck pin bowling site that
I've surfed into. My Physical Education class required me to look for this,
but Google cut out all the work for me. I'm taking duck pin bowling this
semester, and this site weaved through the ins and out of it. (And I was
able to cope!) Thank you, and more power to your site.
Baguio, Philippines - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 04:19:12 (EDT)
this has got to be the Best place to find out all one need's to find out
all about duckpin bowling, keep up the good work, and Thank You.
cranston, R.I USA - Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 01:45:32 (EDT)
Aye surfing for a website to improve my and my wife's skills in duckpin bowling,
and come accross this wonderfull sites. where will i get reading materials
on how to bowl accurately in duckpin Bowling?
Kidapaan, Philippines - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 04:47:26 (EDT)
Great site! I bowled duckpins in Baltimore in the late 70's... does anyone
remember a basement center on York Road that burned down around 1979 or 1980?
I think it was a duckpin alley, not sure anymore. There is no place in Florida
to go, but I saw an earlier post about this and I'm trying to contact the
guy who wrote it. Maybe we can put something together for all these tourists
in Orlando! Keep up the good work.
Longwood, FL USA - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 20:46:21 (EDT)
Hey, this is a great duckpin site. I've played duckpin a few times in Quebec.
I've played 5-pin for the past 21 years. I wish 5-pin would someday get exported
to the United States. 5-pin is even harder to play than duck. Someday I hope
to try the hardest game of them all, candlestick.
Ottawa, ON Canada - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 18:36:13 (EDT)
hi...i came across this great site while surfing..i used to bowl in falls
church va.my dad also worked there for many years...i miss bowling..i now
live in washington c.h ohio and would love to bring this great game to ohio.might
open my own duck pin house......thanks ....keep up the good work...and help
keep duckpin alive
USA - Monday, April 10, 2006 at 00:46:23 (EDT)
Your site brings back memories of bowling in Baltimore where I grew up. I
bowled in a Youth traveling league in 1972-1973. My home alley was in Arbutus.
I am planning to visit the duckpin alleys in Indianapolis. Thanks for the
memories. John Lawson
Danville, IL USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 03:47:12 (EST)
I still have fond memories of league bowling at Tuffy LeMans's as a teen.
I wish my children had the opportunity to bowl duckpins. Ten pin is just
not child friendly. Any trip back east is a bowling trip!
Houston, TX USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 16:11:15 (EST)
What a great site! My husband and I were reminiscing about Duckpin Bowling
as kids (we grew up in Baltimore)and we were interestd in the game's origins.
Thanks to Google, up popped your website. Very informative!! As a teen, my
friends and I bowled at an Alley that used to be across from a Bata Shoe
warehouse 3 blocks from Rt 40 near the entrance to 895 in Baltimore. Can't
remember the name of the Bowling Alley, but I do remember it was the site
of my very first date. What was the name of the Bowling Alley?
Delmar, DE USA - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 11:50:08 (EST)
Good day,today I watched a bowling tournament on the RDS Quebec sports network
in which a ball similar to 5-pin was used but was thrown back handed at 10
pins setup like a 10 pin game .What kind of bowling is this and does one
have to throw back handed ?
Canada - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 16:15:30 (EST)
Glenmont Lanes was the absolute best of all Maryland houses. It will be sorely
missed. If anyone knows Diane Leemans please email me. I would love contact
her once again after all these years. Thank you
USA - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 15:40:31 (EST)
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