Obituary: Elizabeth Barger
09/98 FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Elizabeth ``Toots'' Barger, a legendary
duckpin bowler who won every local tournament championship, every major duckpin
tournament in the nation and held every world record in a career that spanned
nearly a quarter of a century, died of cancer Monday. She was 85.
Mrs. Barger, who in 1961 became the second woman and the first female bowler
to be inducted into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame, was nicknamed ``Tootsie''
by an aunt. She later shortened it to ``Toots'' and always wore it emblazoned
on her colorful bowling shirts.
She began her career in 1939, and by the time she retired in 1961, she had
been rated No. 1 in the country 13 times. In her prime, Mrs. Barger hurled
the 3-pound, 10-inch balls at the 12-inch-high pins with such precision she
averaged 128 per game. She donated a signed bowling ball and a pair of her
bowling shoes to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, where they are