A Short, Interesting History of Bowling
The sport of bowling is enjoyed all over the world today. Over 100 million bowlers participate in bowling from almost 90 countries. As you can see, bowling is very popular and it can be traced back many years.
The first clue of bowling was found in 5200 B.C. Archeologists unearthed the crypt of a child with Egyptian lineage, and found forms of bowling pins and balls with the child. This important find proved that the Egyptians were the earliest bowlers known. From then on, we find that bowling has taken on many forms that use different kinds of pins and balls. Each game it played for different purposes.
For example, in 200 A.D. the Germans loved their festivities and "village dances" and during these ancient rituals they played a game that resembles bowling today. In this German "bowling game", the people rolled or threw rocks or stones at nine wooden clubs. They formed clubs called "kegles" and the Germans who played this type of a bowling game were known as "keglers", not bowlers.
In England, bowling was finally recognized after years of struggle as a form of the game during the 1100s. From then on, the popularity of bowling started to soar by millions of people. But not everyone found the sport so engaging. King Edward 111 prohibited the game so that his knights could focus their attention on archery instead of rolling balls around.
By the 17th century, bowling was introduced in America while it was still just a colony. This great game was introduced by the Dutch colonists to the American people. The game they shared with them used nine pins placed in a triangular formation. Hence, the name "Dutch pins".
Then, just when this new game of nine pins or "Dutch" pins strived to gain fame and popularity, the state of Connecticut banned the newly arrived sport because of some unscrupulous people who were using the nine pin game for their gambling activities. So Connecticut added an additional pin to the game, creating 10 pin bowling. This was the start of a new form of recreation as bowling started to infuse society. With just this additional pin, the new form of bowing definitely hit its stride, and now many people all over the globe continue to play it.
Almost 50 million Americans play the game today and bowling is considered one of the most popular and enjoyable sports in the United States. So when you go out to your local bowling club to play, you'll now be reminded of this sport's ancient and impressive lineage.