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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Don Carter, USBC and PBA Hall of Famer, dies at age 85

Farewell to “The Babe Ruth of Bowling”...

Don Carter, one of the most prominent and successful players in the sport of bowling, died at his home in Miami on Thursday night. Carter, who had recently been hospitalized with pneumonia complicated by emphysema, was 85.

...Born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 29, 1926, Carter was more interested in baseball and football while in high school. After graduation, he served two years in the Navy before signing a baseball contract with the Philadelphia Athletics. He was sent to the minor league team in North Carolina.

In a Bowlers Journal interview in 1970, Carter said he hit .304 and did pitch some games, but the team played 128 games in 112 days and he lost 30 pounds from his 180-pound frame.

“I got $150 a month plus room and board,” Carter recalled. “Riding that bus all over the countryside to games was too much. I quit after a season.”

That would lead Carter back home to St. Louis and the start of his career in bowling.

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Repoz Posted: January 07, 2012 at 08:26 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 07, 2012 at 09:16 AM (#4031061)
His first wife also bowled professionally, and as he told The New York Times in 1957, sometimes the two of them engaged in friendly competition with a wager thrown in. And sometimes, Carter said, he didn’t win, “and how I hate to wash those dishes.”
   2. Morty Causa Posted: January 07, 2012 at 11:01 AM (#4031120)
He second wife, Paula Sperber, was also a bowler. In a commercial (for Miller Lite, I think) he joked that no one remembered him but old people, and those that did remembered him as the only guy who has two wives in the pro bowling hall of fame.
   3. jacjacatk Posted: January 07, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4031194)

No idea what kind of ball was played in the Tobacco States League (Class D), but he apparently led the team in slugging as a pitcher.
   4. Rob_Wood Posted: January 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4031217)
One of my idols growing up. RIP.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: January 07, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4031224)
"Throws: Unknown"??

I hate to wash those dishes.

So that's what they called it in the old days

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