St. Louis native Don Carter was a 10-time All-American and became known as “Mr. Bowling” over the course of his career. He was the first athlete of any kind to sign an endorsement deal for $1,000,000! In 1956, he moved back to St. Louis to join the Budweiser bowling team. He and teammate legends Dick Weber, Ray Bluth, Tom Hennessey and Pat Patterson “spared” the competition no mercy, setting the American Bowling Congress’ all-time scoring record at Floriss Lanes in St. Louis. All five wound up in the Bowling Hall of Fame, and Carter was named the Greatest Bowler of All Time by Bowling Magazine in 1970. 

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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