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Andy Varipapa

Andy Varipapa (Bowling.  Born, Carfizzi, Italy, Mar. 13, 1891; died, Huntington, NY, Aug. 25, 1984.)  Perhaps the most famous bowling star of the early television era, Andrew Varipapa came to the United States in 1903 and began one of the most remarkable careers in the history of American sports.  He began bowling in 1905 in […]

Tony Sparando

Tony Sparando (Bowling.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 18, 1906; died, Rego Park, NY, Sept. 21, 1989.)  In 1938, Anthony Sparando set a record for high average in the Metropolitan Major League, then the leading New York area bowling organization.  Twenty years later, when the record was finally broken, it was broken by Tony Sparando.  For much […]

Joe Falcaro

Joe Falcaro (Bowling.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 3, 1896; died, Cedarhurst, NY, Sept. 6, 1951.)  Guiseppi (Joe) Falcaro was based in Brooklyn and became the dominant match-game bowler of the late 1920s and 1930s, holding the B.P.A.A. match-game championship for four years.  Falcaro was a flamboyant and colorful character both on and off the […]

Lou Campi

Lou Campi (Bowling.  Born, Verona, Italy, March 18, 1905; died, Dumont, NJ, Aug. 31, 1989.)  Luigi (Lou) Campi was one of the most famous of the Eastern bowlers in the earliest days of the sport on television by virtue of performing a feat that defied astronomical odds.  In 1948, Campi was selected as the first Eastern […]

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