In the 1830s and 40s, officials in Connecticut passed a law to ban bowling.
Apparently, the excessive gambling associated with the sport made it a threat to public welfare. Bowling at the time consisted of 9 pins, which is what the state outlawed. As a way to get around this, bowlers added an extra pin, creating the 10 pin game we know today.
This new version of the game caught on in New England, though it took a few innovations before bowling took off across the rest of the country.
First, the material used for bowling balls was changed from wood to rubber. Then in the 50s the automatic pinsetter changed the game forever.
On U.S. Bowling League Day, get out and celebrate this family sport that’s still on a roll.
Today we also celebrate: National Welsh Rarebit Day, National Lazy Mom’s Day , National Food Bank Day, National College Colors Day, and National Chianti Day.