When the subject of bowling is discussed in Niagara County, one name that is always mentioned is Albert “Allie” Brandt. To local keglers, Brandt was the “King of Bowling.” He achieved his regal moniker on a warm October night in 1939, when he bowled the highest three-game series in the history of the game.
Allie Brandt, rising to a diminutive 5’-4” with his bowling shoes on, was much taller in the minds of his many friends in the sport. He is perhaps best remembered for his all-time high sanctioned series of 886, 297-289-300. He bowled a rock solid 33 of a possible 36 strikes at Allen Bowling Alleys, a two-story bowling center, located in Lockport at 81 Walnut Street (north side between Cottage and Pine.) The party that followed the accomplishment that evening reveled on until 3 AM the next morning, as news of his fete quickly spread throughout the American Bowling Congress (ABC) circle. Brandt himself was singularly unimpressed with his title, and remained so until his dying day. He said he just kept “rolling the ball,” and “had a good night.”
In 1953 Allie built and operated the local landmark bowling lanes on Lincoln Avenue and is known by locals as Brandt’s. He was a daily fixture there for the full length of his ownership until 1980 when he sold the lanes, but even then continued to make daily visits until the later years of his life. All tolled, Brandt attended 49 ABC Tournaments. He bowled in his final tournament at the age of 70 in Baltimore, just three weeks before his death. The bowling center he once owned, even after a few additional sales, has perpetuated his legend and still carries the name of the king, Allie Brandt Lanes.
Douglas Farley, Director
Ann Marie Linnabery
Erie Canal Discover Center
24 Church St.
Lockport NY 14094