THE ORIGIN OF DUCKPINS IS A SUBJECT OF SOME DEBATE.
One possible origin is that duckpin bowling began in Baltimore around 1895 at a bowling, billiards and pool hall owned by future baseball Hall of Famers John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson, both of whom, at the time, were members of the Baltimore Orioles.
According to an article in the Lowell MA Sun newspaper referencing a 2005 baseball book by Howard W. Rosenberg, the existence of duckpins can be traced back to 1894,
Articles can be found in The Boston Globe earlier than May 1894—the newspaper itself being founded in 1872—showing the existence of the sport around Boston. According to Rosenberg, the earliest Globe reference to duckpins was on January 2, 1893.
Rosenberg's book methodically accounted that in 1899 and early1900 the Baltimore Sun reported that duckpin bowling suddenly appeared in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun of December 28, 1899, said that at the McGraw-Robinson bowling, billiards and pool hall the night before, the facility's manager had introduced duckpins.
It wasn’t until, 1946, that Baltimore/Towson MD area saw its first duckpin center , Stoneleigh Lanes, in the 6700 block of York Rd. Today, Stoneleigh Lanes is still old school and we have tried to preserve as much of the nostalgia as we could. You won’t find high tech gizmos or whiz bang devices; just good old fashioned service from people who love to see their customers have family and friend fun
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