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'Two Hundred.'
Women bowlers in 1902 tally up their scores on a blackboard [300 points is a perfect game]

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Bowling Great Don Carter Was Born
July 29, 1926

In 1895, bowlers in New York City organized the American Bowling Congress (ABC) and set down rules. In 1901 they started national tournaments. The Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) formed in 1916. Technological advances such as the introduction of the hard rubber ball in 1905 and the development of the automatic pin-setting machine in the early 1950s made bowling more popular than ever. League bowling peaked in the mid-1960s, when Don Carter was at the peak of his game. Then, many people were on bowling teams and professional tournaments were broadcast on TV. Today, an estimated 70 million people bowl several times a year in the U.S., but the sport is not as popular as it once was. Some say professional bowling will make a comeback as a broadcast and spectator sport. What do you think?
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