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When It Happened

CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF FIVE PIN BOWLING


1909

Thomas F. (Tommy) Ryan invents 5 Pin Bowling in Toronto, Ontario.
Original Pin Count is established as "4-2-1-3-5".
1910
First 5 Pin Bowling League was formed at Ryan's Toronto Bowling Club.
1912
Rubber band was added to the Pins.
1918
Alfred Shrubb of Toronto bowls first (recognized) 400 game.
1921
First perfect "450" game bowled by Bill Bromfield in Toronto, Ontario.
1921
First Ladies' 5 Pin Bowling League started by Marion Dibble in Toronto, Ontario.
1922
First inter-city match between Toronto and Montreal using a telephone hook-up.
1923
Winnipeg's Charles Gibson introduces 5 Pin Bowling to Western Canada.
1927
First 5 Pin Bowling organization "Canadian Bowling Association" (CBA)
formed in Toronto, Ontario. T.J. (Tommy) Simpson elected first President.
1928
First "Official 5 Pin Rule Book" printed by the C.B.A.
1930
Western Canada adopts own scoring system. Pin Values equal 1-4-5-3-2.
1932
First sanctioned perfect "450" game bowled by Joe Heenan of Toronto, Ontario.
1935
Blind bowlers' leagues introduced in Western Canada.
1935
C.B.A. creates Ladies Section. Mabel MacDowell elected first President.
1938
N. Berry of Winnipeg records first perfect "450" game under
Western Canada scoring system
1940
Tillie Hosken of Toronto becomes first female bowler to roll a perfect "450" game.
1944
Western Canada 5 Pin Bowling Association (WCFBA) was formed in Regina,
Saskatchewan. Bill Hawrylak elected first president.
1952
National 5 Pin Count (2-3-5-3-2) introduced by Charlie Hill (President of the CBA)
and adopted only by Western Canada.
1953
First Canadian Championship (East vs. West) conducted in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Deaf bowler, Tommy Mallon wins Men's Singles. Regina wins Men's Team event.
1953
C.B.A. changes name to Ontario Bowling Council.
1957
First youth organization formed, Canadian Junior Bowling Congress.
1957
First automatic pinsetting machine introduced.
1958
First "Pepsi-Cola High School Championships" held in Alberta.
1959
Entire country uses National 5 Pin Count as Eastern Canada adopts the
"2-3-5-3-2" system.
1959
5 Pin Bowling introduced to international markets in British West Indies
(Bahamas) and Scotland.
1961
Founding father Tommy Ryan passes away on Nov. 19th.
1962
Lane Certification and Tournament Sanctioning introduced.
1963
1963
Bowl Canada introducesYouth Bowling Council (YBC)to replace the defunct
Canadian Junior Bowling Congress.
1963
First automatic string pinsetter introduced.
1964
First provincial Master Bowlers' Association formed in Ontario.
1964
Canadian Bowling Congress receives charter from federal government.
1965
Bowlers' Association of Canada formed.
1965
Bowling pin measurements standardized.
1965
Carling O'Keefe Breweries obtained as Canadian Championships sponsor.
1967
Counter (Blow) Pin abolished by C.B.C.
1968
Eastern Canada adopts the no-counter pin ruling but Western Canada disagrees
and opts out of C.B.C. and Canadian Championships from 1969 to 1971.
1970
Master Bowlers' Association of Canada formed.
1971
Tommy Ryan inducted posthumously into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
1971
Western Canada agrees to abolish Counter Pin rule.
1972
Western Canada 5 Pin Bowling Association (WCFBA) disbands in favour of
Provincial Associations.
1972
Canadian 5 Pin Bowling Championships restored.
1972
1975
Government survey reveals 680,000 bowlers in 20,000 leagues across Canada.
102 Local (Zone) Associations with 105,000 members affiliated with the C.B.C.
1976
5 Pin Bowling "Standards & Specifications" Committee formed.
1976
National 5 Pin Bowling "Instruction & Coaching" Program introduced by the
Master Bowlers' Association of Canada.
1977
5 Pin Bowling included in Ontario Winter Games for the first time.
1978
Canadian Bowling Congress and Bowlers' Association of Canada dissolve to form
new national body, theCanadian 5 Pin Bowlers' Association (C5PBA).
1980
First International Bowling Cup competition held in Manila, Philippines.
Canada & Philippines participate.
1983
5 Pin Bowling participates in Canada Winter Games in Chicoutimi, Quebec.
1983
Hiram Walker Distilleries Ltd. is welcomed as the new national sponsor of the
Hiram Walker "Special Old" High-Low Doubles and
League Executive Championships.
1983
2nd International Bowling Cup held in Toronto, Ontario with Canada,
Philippines, Argentina and the United States represented.
1984
5 Pin Bowling returns to national television on CBC's Championship 5 Pin Bowling.
1984
5 Pin Bowling celebrates its 75th birthday.
1986
Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers' Associationgrows to 100 Local (Zone) Associations
with 165,000 affiliated members.
1987
National 5 Pin Bowler Ranking introduced by the C5PBA.
1990
Rules changed to allow the use of personal bowling balls.
1995
Government statistics report 521,000 Canadians participate regularly in
5 Pin Bowling (37% male vs. 63% female).
2005
National Youth Bowling Council changes it's name toYouth Bowling Canada
2006
CBC's poll of the Canadian Public places 5 Pin bowling as the
4th Greatest Canadian Invention of All Time.
2009
5 Pin bowling celebrates it's Centennial Anniversary and 100 years of
excellence in Canadian Sport.