Who invented Bowling?
Archaeologists have discovered bowling balls, pins and other
equipment in an Egyptian child's grave dating back to 5200
B.C. So we know that Egyptians were playing a form of bowling
centuries ago. In Germany, back in A.D. 200, village dances
and celebrations included a similar form of the game -- they
rolled stones at nine wooden clubs called kegles. Bowlers in
Germany are sometimes still referred to as "keglers."
Bowling was recorded in England as early as the 1100s. In the
Netherlands people took up a related game, and it was the
Dutch who introduced the sport to America in the 1600s -- it
was called Dutch pins. In what is now New York City, Dutch
residents bowled in a section of the city still known as
In America the
game became very popular. But people began to gamble on the
sport, and for a while it was looked on as an evil event. The
state of Connecticut outlawed "bowling at nine
pins," as it was described. To get around that law,
residents added an additional pin and this was the beginning
of the 10-pin game played today! By the mid-1900s, the sport
was once again an accepted form of family recreation.
Bowling Congress, which was organized in 1895, established
standard playing rules and regulations.