The History of Bowling: Background information when reading Bowlaway

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Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken X
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
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    Feb 2019, 384 pages
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The History of Bowling

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Women bowling in dresses 1915Bowling as a sport is arguably more familiar than it is popular. Top competitors and heroes of the sport are not typically household names, yet most people have a basic understanding of how it's played. Even without famous athletes promoting it, bowling is a steady component of modern culture. However, there has been a decline in its popularity since the 1970s (having reached its peak in the 1950s-60s). From 1998-2013, the number of bowling alleys in the U.S. fell from 5,400 to 3,976 (a 26% decrease).

Accessibility has always been part of bowling's appeal. For a relatively inexpensive cost, the same venue and tools are used by competitive and casual bowlers, sometimes even side-by-side. Although it does not have the same spectator draw as other professional sports, such as football, basketball and baseball, bowling alleys are popular venues in many communities, and attract ordinary people looking for an inside activity that can entertain friends and families with a range of ages ...

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