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A Sport That Bowled 'Em Over
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     challenging words:    anthropologist, banned, ninepins, operate, illegal, believe, wherever, settled, outcome, certainly, jobs, likely, earn, alley, technology, grave
     content words:    William Pehle, King Edward III, King Henry VIII, Washington Irving, Van Winkle, New York, In September, American Bowling Congress, Bowling Congress, International Bowling Congress


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A Sport That Bowled 'Em Over
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Historians believe that bowling may be one of the oldest sports known to man. For many years, a German named William Pehle maintained that his countrymen had first bowled around 300 A.D. That is certainly a long history for any sport. But in the 1930's, an anthropologist uncovered items in the grave of an Egyptian child that seem to show that bowling may have been a sport as long ago as 3200 B.C.
 
2     We do know for certain that bowlers could be found in Europe in the 1300's. It was such a popular sport in England that King Edward III banned the sport. It seems that his soldiers were so busy rolling a ball at a set of pins they were neglecting their bow and arrow practice. The king was afraid that his men would not be ready in case of war if they were allowed to bowl. The law changed when King Henry VIII took the throne. He loved to roll the ball himself. He and the people of his court amused themselves often at a pin match.
 
3     There were different forms of bowling. One of the variations of the game can still be found in Scotland. The game is sometimes called "flops." See if you can figure out how it got its name. The ball has no finger holes in it. The bowler throws the ball as hard as he can towards the pins. That's not all there is to it. The bowler throws the ball between his legs towards the pins. As he throws the ball, he flops onto the lane on his stomach.

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