Elusive No. 4 pin stands in way of perfect games at Bowl America


There's been plenty of talk lately about the No. 4 pins at Bowl America Glen Burnie. Is there a mysterious force at work here at the Anne Arundel County center? Is the 4 pin actually nailed to the floor?

If everything is normal, how do you explain what's happened this summer in the Thursday Scratch Trio league.

"Well, it's a good league," manager Chuck Kelly said. "The prize is high and in a short while the league grew from eight teams to thirty. One of the things that made it grow is the fact that if a bowler throws a perfect game he gets a check for $1,000."

On May 25, Frank Hudnet had the first eleven strikes

On June 8, Brian Rudolph had the first eleven.

On June 29, Kenny Lane had the first eleven.

All three are right-handers, all have shot a 300 game in their careers.

All of them trusted their 12th ball.

All left the same pin standing. . . . the No. 4 pin.

"It was just the second week of the [Summer] league, the first time I bowled in it and I didn't even know that you win a $1,000 for the 300 game," Hudnet said. "The last ball was just a little bit high but it could have carried the 4 pin."

Dundalk's Brian Rudolph was throwing a Buzzsaw the night the 4 pin stood.

"After the first nine strikes I said to a teammate, 'That thousand dollars is mine.' That's how good I felt," he said. "The first two [strikes] in the tenth were solid and the last one looked pretty good but it must have come in a little high at the last second because it didn't carry the 4 pin."

Said Crofton's Kenny Lane: "I was thinking about the thousand dollars but it didn't really bother me. I threw a good ball every time but on the last one I guess I eased a little too much, maybe trusted the ball a little too much, and came in a trifle high and there was the 4 pin standing."

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