Stormy Weather is no problem for duckpin league

This winter probably caused more cancellations of league play than most people had seen in their bowling careers.

But one person was not surprised by the Baltimore weather.


"That's why the league is called Stormy Weather," said Lillian Grimm, secretary and treasurer of that league.

And it's been around for a long while.


"The league started with the Girl Scout Troop 115 at Jerusalem Lutheran Church not far from Seidel's about 32 years ago. That's how long I've been bowling, too," Grimm said.

"Since I was troop leader I thought that duckpin bowling would be a great way for the girls to earn an athletic patch in the winter."

Grimm, born and raised in Baltimore, lives about two blocks from Seidel's bowling lanes. She watched the Girl Scout league grow into an adult league that still meets every Tuesday morning at the duckpin center.

"First the boys asked to bowl and then the mothers got interested," said the 85-average duckpin bowler. "Now there are no more Girl Scouts in the league but we still have eight teams [seven teams of fours and one blind] and we still have a lot of fun."

Other things have changed.

"On Saturday mornings when the Girl Scouts bowled I used to literally open the center," Grimm said. "The owner lived over it and he would open a window and throw down the keys. And

since the lunch counter didn't open until the afternoon when we wanted something to eat or drink we went to the sub shop on the corner."

Then as the Girl Scouts moved on other things, the adults were left with the league. And changed the bowling day from Saturday to Tuesday morning.


"It seemed that in the early days that it rained or snowed or the wind blew every Tuesday," Grimm said. "It was so bad that finally I said that the name should be changed to Stormy Weather, and the name stuck."

An awesome duckpin series

Bob Subock of Owings Mills started bowling duckpins when he was a toddler at the old Liberty lanes.

He grew up. Now 6 feet 5 inches and 300 pounds, he fires a 3-pound, 12-ounce Manhatten rubber duckpin ball with speed and accuracy.

Bowling in three leagues -- the Friday Men's Quads at Westview and the Monday Men's 405 Trio and the Wednesday Quacks mixed league at Pikesville -- he carries a 140 average.

His wife, Ellen, with a 113 average and just three years experience on the lanes, bowls in the Quacks league with him.


"I get kidded sometimes about the Manhatten balls," he said. "I've had them for about 15 years, picked 'em up for $5. And for a big guy like me they're a little light but they do the job."

On March 4, in the Friday league at Westview, Subock opened with a first game that was a beauty, 204.

"I told the guys, 'now watch, that's the first time I've ever thrown an all-mark game, the next game will probably be a flat 99,' " he said.

Not quite. The second game was a workmanlike 140.

Then, as his team, One For Showing Up, watched, Subock got hot.

The third game he opened with two spares, tacked on four strikes, opened in the seventh frame and came back with a triple-header. The result was a career-high game of 229 and a series of 573.


Just to show that luck had nothing to do with the phenomenal set, the next Wednesday at Fair Lanes Pikesville, he shot a 205 game.

Tournament scheduled

The Good Neighbor Women's Open is slated for April 16-17 at Edgemere Bowling Center in Edgemere. Information: (410) 477-0717.