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William Thompson
City: Chicago
State: IL
Inducted: 1993


A top bowler and premier organizer in his native Chicago, Thompson was best known as a bowling official, promoter, innovator, writer and visionary. In 1904 the Bowling Encyclopedia said: Few in tenpin history have equaled Mr. Thompson's combination of skills as a bowler, leader and administrator. A bowling equipment expert familiar with fair playing rules, he called for uniformity. He built the first regulation alleys in Chicago's Plaza Hotel in 1893.
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