So have you ever wondered when the first 900 series in bowling was bowled?
Most of us as bowlers have a hard time even believing this is possible to achieve. We strive each bowling night to throw 12 strikes in a row for a 300 game, however trying to throw 36 seems unreachable when we leave a stone 10 pin during the night. With all this being said we have heard of this being accomplished.
If you have read most of my bowling posts prior to this you know it will have some controversy behind it. So lets start, It’s July 1, 1982 A bowler name Glenn Allison shows up to his sanctioned league and begins throwing strike after strike the entire night. At the end of the night he becomes the first person to throw 36 strikes in a row for a 900 series. Wow isn’t that great he just changed the game of bowling or did he? Well sorry to burst your bubble, but this is not going to turn out well for Glen. The American Bowling Congress comes down to the alley and states “it was not officially sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress due to “non-compliant” lane conditions”.
We are all bowlers here, and we have seen some pretty easy shots laid down, When is the last time a lane condition let you throw 36 strikes in a row for a 900 series? I would say no matter what lane condition was put down in 1982 it could not have made the shot so easy that only he bowled a 900 series. It is now the year 2012 and Glen Allison’s 900 series has still not been recognized.
Now let’s get to some fun stats. We can see the first 900 series was in 1982 and there was none prior to that from the beginning of bowling. So American Bowling Congress stated that an unfair lane condition caused 900 series. If this is correct why did it take almost 15 years for the first recognized 900 to be put on record.
The first 900 series on record was February 2, 1997. If you have been bowling a long you maybe know that in the 1990′s a drastic change to bowling balls had been made. The introduction of Resin Reactive bowling balls was now in effect. This was the start of the drastic change to bowling as a sport. Since 1997 there now have been 23 recognized 900 series in the sport. The question i have is, why isn’t the United States Bowling Congress saying that the drastic change in bowling balls is an unfair condition? It is not a fluke that the increase in 300 games, 800 series, and 900 series since 1997 has to do with bowling balls. So why not recognize the first true 900 series bowler in the history of bowling?
To add to this great story, One of our site members has provided me with some rare information about Glenn Allison’s 900 series. Glenn had bowled the 900 series in a 9:00 league. He finished the first shift (6:15) league with four strikes, then threw the 36 strikes for his 900, THEN … and keep in mind this was before the days of automatic scoring turning off the lanes … he continued throwing strikes … four more to be exact … before finally leaving a stone-8 on ball 45. That’s an (unofficial) total of 44 in a row.