Pin Action

Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became a Bowling Champion

The true story of how the most notorious action bowler of all time became a Hall of Famer.

By Gianmarc Manzione Read by Chris Lutkin Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 9h 27m Sell Sheet Also available on
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8 Audio CDs December 9, 2014 $49.99 $39.99 9781633794184 Add to Cart
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							Most of us think of bowling as a "sport" in quotation marks, and bowling alleys are places with disco balls, matching shirts, and funny shoes. But in the 1960s, New York City was the center of "action bowling," a form of high-stakes gambling in which bowlers - often teenagers - faced off for thousands of dollars every night. When money like that is changing hands, you can bet the pressure is on (and the balls are rigged), and losses come with dire consequences. But for a few kids, the world of action bowling would turn out to be a ticket off the mean streets and onto the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. For Ernie Schlegel, it would be a chance to shed his hustler ways and become a bona fide champion.

"A thoroughly entertaining slice of twisted Americana, New York gangster style. Only in the Big Apple could something so pure and Middle America as bowling become so infused with most of the seven deadly sins. Put it on the shelf with The Big Lebowski and Jersey Boys." - Dary Matera, author of Quitting the Mob and The F.B.I.'s Ten Most Wanted

"Every now and then, we're fortunate enough to stumble across a story that transports us to places we never knew we wanted to go. Pin Action is just such a story - a rare, cultural gem of storytelling, both brilliantly researched and masterfully rendered. Prepare to be bowled over." - Tracy Crow, author of Eyes Right

"In Pin Action, Gianmarc Manzione takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the murky world of high-stakes bowling. But this tribute to gangsters and gamblers is not just for bowlers. Anyone who appreciates top-notch storytelling will appreciate Manzione's audacious new book. Lace up your bowling shoes and muster your courage. You won’t regret the ride." - R. A. Dyer, author of Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Jersey Red and America's Great Age of Pool and T

"Pin Action took me on a wonderful trip back in time to the golden era of action bowling in the 1960s New York Tri-State area. Manzione's words brought back vivid memories of the greatest time of my life bowling action at Ave M Bowl in Brooklyn which was one of the most famous action houses of all time. He goes into great depth capturing the smell, the feel, the characters of this great bowling alley and others with his own very unique writing style." - Clifford Nordquist Sr., "AC Butch,"