On March 27, a new exhibition based on the life and career of Andy Varipapa opens at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.
The charismatic Varipapa gained a reputation in the early 20th century as an artist, and brought bowling to the big screen in the first short bowling film, “Strikes and Spares,” in 1934.
Varipapa was a head coach and show bowler, one of the first to tour around the country. His bowling ability was often overshadowed by his trick-or-treating hunting, but his achievements on the trails are almost legendary.
At the age of 55, he won the 1946 All-Star competition, and the following year became the first to do so again as an All-Star champion. He also won the MSP Doubles in 1947 and 1948 with Lou Campi’s Hall of Famer. He was inducted into the ABC Hall of Fame in 1957 in the Superior Performance category.
Varipapa never stopped, continuing his famous performances and staying in the spotlight until his death. The exhibition will feature a short film, material from the museum collection and recently donated materials from Andy Varipapa II and John LaSpina. It will run through June 24th.