Joe Thum, whom many consider to be the father of Ten-pin bowling, was a restaurateur who owned a luxurious bowling alley/restaurant called The White Elephant in New York City. On September 9, 1895, Joe is credited with creating America's first bowling organization, the American Bowling Congress (ABC).
- Jordan Sprechman and Bill Shannon (1998). This Day in New York Sports. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 253.
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