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Al Smith, 84-Year-Old Bowler, December 1955

Al Smith, 84-Year-Old Bowler, December 1955 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 7, 1955
Caption
REGULAR BOWLER AT 84: Allen Smith, 428 West Huron St., who was 84 years old Dec. 1, sends his ball down the Huron Lane alleys. He bowls in two leagues each week - with the Grotto League on Monday nights at the Huron Lanes and in the Mixed League at the Washtenaw Lanes on Thursday nights. He has missed only three weeks of bowling since 1953 and that was because of a vacation trip to Arizona. His high game last year was 215 and he had several 500 series. His average this year at the Huron Lanes is 148. It's 143 at Washtenaw.

Al Smith, 89-Year-Old Bowler, January 1961

Al Smith, 89-Year-Old Bowler, January 1961 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 28, 1961
Caption
AMONG THE LEADERS: Among those hopeful of earning a spot in the County Bowl-Offs of the March of Dimes Bowling Sweeper is 89-year-old Al Smith who already has hung up a handicapped 629 series at Huron Lanes and may take another crack at March of Dimes competition next week. Smith, who was 89 years old on Dec. 1, is active in two leagues. He and other city and area keglers have until Feb. 5 to enter or reenter the sweeper by contributing $1 to the March of Dimes.

Al Smith, 90-Year-Old Bowler, December 1961

Al Smith, 90-Year-Old Bowler, December 1961 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 1, 1961
Caption
STILL FIRING STRIKES: Al Smith is 90 years old today and still firing strikes in twice-a-week competition in local leagues. Smith carries a 140 average.

Al Smith Celebrates His 94th Birthday With The Old Timer's Bowling League, December 1965

Al Smith Celebrates His 94th Birthday With The Old Timer's Bowling League, December 1965 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, December 4, 1965
Caption
Possibly the oldest bowler in the nation and certainly the oldest in the Ann Arbor area, Al Smith (seated), celebrated his 94th birthday when the Old Timer's League rolled in their weekly competition yesterday. Helping Smith celebrate his birthday are league officers Vice President Floyd Routson (left), Secretary Del Packard (center) and President W. P. Holcombe.

Al Smith, 95, At The Opening Ceremonies Of The 41st Michigan Women's State Bowling Tournament, February 1967

Al Smith, 95, At The Opening Ceremonies Of The 41st Michigan Women's State Bowling Tournament, February 1967 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 20, 1967
Caption
Although Al Smith, 95, is the oldest active bowler in the world, he really doesn't need the free ride that he is getting from Kelli Dilloway (left) and Patty Cowhy during the opening ceremonies of the 41st Michigan Women's State Bowling Tournament. Smith proves he is still spry by rolling the first ball of the tournament down the Colonial Lanes alley. He hit the head pin and seven pins went flying. The tourney will continue for 12 more weekends.

Al Smith, 95, Rolls The First Ball Of The 41st Michigan Women's State Bowling Tournament, February 1967

Al Smith, 95, Rolls The First Ball Of The 41st Michigan Women's State Bowling Tournament, February 1967 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 20, 1967
Caption
Although Al Smith, 95, is the oldest active bowler in the world, he really doesn't need the free ride that he is getting from Kelli Dilloway (left) and Patty Cowhy during the opening ceremonies of the 41st Michigan Women's State Bowling Tournament. Smith proves he is still spry by rolling the first ball of the tournament down the Colonial Lanes alley. He hit the head pin and seven pins went flying. The tourney will continue for 12 more weekends.