After 30 years, Greenway East gone

BOWLING

September 26, 1993|By DON VITEK

It's dark now, empty and quiet, sitting forlornly among the industrial clutter of East Baltimore.

But once upon a time Greenway East bowling center's lights gleamed brightly.

A giant among its smaller brothers, the largest duckpin center in the world saw the best and the worst of the duckpin world for three decades.

"Did you hear the bad news?" were the first words that Joe Rineer, bowling center proprietor and Hall of Fame duckpin bowler, spoke when approached for a comment. "Greenway East is closed."

It was the lament of a bowler deploring the demise of 68 duckpilanes.

Greenway, a family-owned business, will continue to operate itother two centers.

"Greenway East is gone forever," said Ed Cackoski, generamanager of the center. "It's for sale right now and if it isn't sold within a few weeks it will be auctioned."

Built in 1961 for T-Ball the center was acquired by the Greenwaorganization on Aug. 23, 1963. Its doors were closed 30 years later, Sept. 20, 1993.

"When we arrived for work that morning we were informed thaGreenway East was discontinuing its operation," said Rose Chalk, manager of the center.

Chalk started working there in 1962 at the snack bar; over thnext 29 years, she handled every position in the center.

"Well, I never was much of a mechanic, but I chased pins when iwas necessary," she said. "I won't retire now, but I don't think I'll stay in the bowling industry. Twenty-nine years is enough."

Originally, Greenway East had 40 duckpin lanes and 28 tenpin lanes.

"About five years after we purchased the center [1968] 14 of the tenpin lanes were removed," Cackoski said. "Then, seven or eight years later, the other 14 tenpin lanes were replaced with duckpins."

For approximately half its life span, Greenway East was thlargest duckpin center in the world.

The 100-lane Recreation Bowling Center on Howard Street iBaltimore closed just about the time that Greenway East opened.

Cackoski was there the day Greenway East opened and the day it closed. Ironically, he was just presented an Association Service Award during ceremonies at the Duckpin Proprietors of America convention on July 11 in Ocean City. That award recognized his involvement in the industry since the 1950s when he entered the Greenway Bowling Centers.

Tournament moves

The John Vogel Memorial singles tournament that was scheduled for Greenway East on Friday, Saturday and next Sunday is being moved to Fair Lanes Westview.

Barrett likes Country Club

Last year Leanne Barrett won her 14th career title in the $50,000 Eastern Open by defeating top seed Carol Gianotti, 245-219, in the championship round at Country Club Lanes.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Country Club Lanes. I seeto bowl very well there," said Barrett, the 1990-91 Player of the Year. "I've made the television finals three out of five years, so I'd have to say I have a lot of confidence going into the tournament."

The tournament dates are Oct. 9-14. ESPN will broadcast thtaped-delayed finals on Oct. 19 at 12:30 a.m. EST.

Oct. 9, the 9-Pin No Tap Pro/Am begins the festivities.

Oct. 10, the LPBT Official Practice Session begins.

Oct. 11 sees the actual competition start with two squads bowling three six-game qualifying blocks.

Oct. 12, after qualifying, the field will be cut to the top 24 players.

Oct. 13, the bowlers finish match play with eight games.

Oct. 14, the field is cut to the top five for the taping of the ESPstepladder finals at 7 p.m.

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Don Vitek begins this week as the bowling columnist for Baltimore City and Baltimore County. His columns will appear

each Sunday.

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