Carl Mohr turned 92 in May and the month before his birthday he suffered a stroke.
Born in Lancaster Pa., but now living in Bel Air, Mohr was back on the tenpin lanes at Bel Air Bowl for his regular league -- the Tuesday Churchville Golden Agers -- just a few weeks after the stroke.
"It affected my speech more than anything else," Mohr said, "But, yes, my average did drop a little bit."
The year before his illness Mohr carried a 152 average.
"This year he's still averaging in the 140s," said Jane Newman, Bel Air Bowl spokesman. "And he's here every week, he just doesn't miss. And he still looks 25 years younger than his age."
Married for more than half a century to his wife, Helen, there was a time when he was active in five leagues and carried an average of more than 175.
When asked just how long he'd been bowling, he said: "I bowled in the old recreation center in Baltimore before it opened for business."
The Friedberg family opened the 100-lane center for business in the '20s. Primarily a duckpin center, there were two lanes available for tenpins, if you called ahead for a reservation.
But that was yesterday. Today, Carl Mohr is still on the lanes. Last week he posted a 470 series at Bel Air Bowl.
Waiting pays off
Sooner or later a perfect game is bound to happen.
That's been Harry Poynter's observation after throwing a tenpin ball for about 10 years.
Poynter of Edgewood bowls in three leagues at Fair Lanes Edgewood -- the Tuesday Penguin Mixed, the Tuesday Major NTC Men and the Sunday Rolling Kegs. He's the president of the Penguin Mixed; his wife, Marie, a 130-average bowler, joins him in that league, but on another team.
He has an average in the 190s and a career high series of 750-plus.
"I guess I've got about a dozen bowling balls," he said. "But that night I was throwing one of my favorites, a 16-pound Blue Hammer."
L That night was Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Rolling Kegs league.
"I have a bunch of 279 games," Poynter said. "I knew, that sooner or later, I'd get the 12 in row."
And on that Sunday night it happened; 12 strikes in a row, a perfect game, his first 300.
A different kind of tournament
Fair Lanes Edgewood and Fair Lanes Dundalk are introducing a different kind of tenpin tournament by alternating tournament locations each week.
In October, bowlers can compete in both houses in tournaments with different formats.
This weekend at Edgewood, the house played host to Scotch Doubles.
Next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the Dundalk center, the format will be to bowl four games and throw out the lowest score.
The next week it's back to Edgewood and so on.
Call Fair Lanes Edgewood at (410) 679-8444 or Fair Lanes Dundalk at (410) 282-2000.
700 Club back in action
Tournament director Chuck Diffenworth has compiled the new Cecil-Harford 700 Club tournament schedule.
"The management of the Cecil-Harford 700 Club would like to welcome back all scratch bowlers to our 11th season of competitive bowling," Diffenworth said. "All tournaments are sanctioned."
Today the first tournament is in action at Fair Lanes Edgewood for the Bowlers Alley Pro Shop Open. Sponsored by Randy Ruckman and the Bowlers Alley Pro Shop, the format is a four-game qualifier with a stepladder finals.
The next stop on the tour, Marty's Pro Shop Open, is at Bel Air Bowl on Oct. 30.
These tournaments and the next six are open to all ABC members who have bowled a sanctioned 700 series.