History of Bowling Balls | Wood, Rubber, & Plastic

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Inside Bowling presents the History of Bowling Balls with the Orf's from Ray Orf's Bowling & Trophy Shop in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rich Orf and Steve Orf share their bowling ball collection with you and share their opinions of the most meaningful bowling balls in the history of bowling.

This is part 1 of a 3 part series. Enjoy!

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26 Comments on “History of Bowling Balls | Wood, Rubber, & Plastic”

  1. What a great collection…thanks for taking the time to post the vids about it! I have an LT-48 I throw occasionally but thought the shell had ground up cherry pits, not walnut shells.

    Very much looking forward to the next vid on urethane…I only throw vintage urethane so it should contain most of my arsenal, lol!

  2. Great video and glad I stuck around to watch the footage of Ray Orf. I sold my yellow dot almost 30 years ago for $10. The idea of collecting wasn’t even a thought. Threw an old Manhatten Rubber as a kid. Back then, whenever I outgrew balls, I’d just donate them to the general houseball inventory wherever I was bowling at the time.

  3. That was really enjoyable. Thank you. I remember so many of those balls and threw a few of them. The ending was so cool. Can’t wait for the rest.

  4. Wow! This is the best video I’ve ever seen on the history of balls during that era! Thank you.
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.

  5. 35 in a row! I doubt it was because of the ball. That takes a lot of skill. Congratulations to your family on that record!

  6. Very interesting video, thank you. I believe it was Louie Trears who designed the LT-48. I am surprised I can’t find anything online to confirm it.

  7. Wow very informative thank you for taking the time to make this and share your cool collection with us. I watched all three videos and enjoyed them thoroughly.

  8. Great video! Do you know the reason why Brunswick rubber balls were almost always drilled upside down (thumb on top, fingers on bottom)?

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