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Don Carter

Selected Writings By Carter:

Ten Secrets of Bowling, Viking Press, 1958.

Awards and Accomplishments

1952, 1954, 1956, 1958 U.S. All-Star Match-Game Championship
1953-54, 1957-58, 1960, 1962 Named Bowler of the Year by Bowling Writers Association of America
1957, 1959-62 World's Invitational title
1959-63 Named first team All-American by Bowling
1960 Led Professional Bowlers Association in money won; won PBA National Championship
1962 Won Hickok Belt; led Professional Bowlers Association in money won
1970 Named Best Bowler of All Time by Bowling; named to the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame
1975 Named charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame
1995 Primary honoree at Salute to Champions dinner
1999 Named one of the 20 best bowlers of the 20th century by Bowling

Where Is He Now?

After Carter retired in the early 1970s, he could no longer bowl because of his bad knees but did stay in the business side of bowling. He owned several alleys in St. Louis and other cities, and later founded, with partners, Don Carter Bowling Centers. Located in several states in the sun belt, there were fourteen centers by the mid-1990s. Though the company had problems in the late 1990s, it was reorganized and seven Don Carter Bowling Centers remained by 2002. At one time, Carter also had his own line of bowling apparel, gloves, shirts, and slacks.

Carter retired to Miami, Florida, with his third wife, Paula, and pursued hobbies like golfing and painting. He had knee replacement surgeries in the early 1990s, and began bowling in a scratch league in 1993. Carter then occasionally competed in pro-am bowling tournaments, including the Palm Beach Senior Classic as part of the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour in 1994. With wife Paula, Carter also brought Women's Intentional Bowling Council events to south Florida. Outside of bowling, Carter was involved in charity work, especially concerning children that had been abused and neglected.

Bowling the Pro Way, Viking Press, 1975.

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