1953-54 Duckpin Bowling Trophy won by Elizabeth "Toots" Barger

1953-54 Duckpin Bowling Trophy won by Elizabeth "Toots" Barger

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Description (Brief)
Metal urn shaped trophy with a women bowler on the top and seated on a metal column on a wooden base. This trophy was won in 1953 by Elizabeth "Toots" Barger, considered one of America's greatest duckpin bowlers. Toots was the top-ranked woman in her sport 13 times between 1947 and 1958. Named for the small, light pins that scatter like ducks in flight when hit, duckpin bowling originated in Baltimore, Maryland in the early 1900s. Although duckpin leagues formed all along the East Coast, the Baltimore-Washington area is still the center of the sport. This five-inch diameter ball weighs less than four pounds; the more common tenpin ball can measure up to 27 inches and weigh as much 16 pounds. Because duckpins are harder to split than tenpins, bowlers get three deliveries per frame.
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Object Name
trophy, bowling
date made
associated person
Barger, M. Elizabeth
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 21 in x 6 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 53.34 cm x 16.51 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
M. Elizabeth Barger
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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