A look back at Don Carter

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Don Carter, one of the most prominent and successful players in the sport of bowling died January 5, 2012. Carter was 85.

A United States Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame member, Carter dominated major bowling tournaments during the 1950s and early 1960s.

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20 Comments on “A look back at Don Carter”

  1. As they say, “Kids don’t try this at home”. I tried to emulate his style when I was a teenager. So many gutter balls, so many times. He was the “King”, no question…

  2. One of my faves back in the 60s and 70s. I’ve never understood his rationale for the bent elbow, but I loved watching that approach! So sorry to find out he’s gone. My condolences to the family.

  3. @Jcarter21181 I was a bit too young to watch him, but I often watched pro bowling in the 80’s and heard plenty of mentions. I wish I could have seen him at what he did so well. I am very sorry for your loss, and may he rest in peace.

  4. In the 1960s, I had a chance to see him in action via televised bowling events. His bent elbow feature has been commented before. No injury of any kind caused it to be started that way. If it is a natural thing and it acheives success, that is what counts and it acheived success for Don Carter.

  5. I hadn’t heard until I saw this video that Carter had passed away. A great loss for the sport. He was a fine gentleman and a helluva bowler. He is to bowling what Babe Ruth is to baseball. Whatever success the PBA has enjoyed would not have happened without Carter.

  6. Watched the slo mo shot. His method seemed to be likely to control the ball’s accuracy and provide that slide/release timing. The best ever for making the ball go where he wanted it to.

  7. I have bowled for 59 years and love the sport. The greatest experience was that I kept score for Don Carter in 1964 on lanes 5-6 at the Northern California Open PBA Tournament at Country Club Lanes on Watt Ave in Sacramento, Calif. God Bless Don Carter.

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