by Frank Hyde
November 15, 1957
Big Names of Sportsdom Attend As Irv Noren - Ex-Jamestowner - Opens Bowling Lanes
Jamestowner Frank Fortune, now a Washington, D. C, newspaper correspondent, sends along a clipping on Irv's new pin palace; Gord (Bank of Jamestown) Phillips, back from California, has contributed descriptive literature, and Oliver Carlson reports with considerable information forwarded by Irv's pappy, Perry, who operated a bakery here for many years. The family moved to California when Irv was 12 years old and it was from the coast that the young outfielder launched his baseball career, a brilliant minor league career that led to the majors.
An entire section In the Pasadena Star-News is devoted to the grand opening and the list of attending sports personalities is a real Who's Who. It includes Middleweight Champion Carmen Basilio from way back here in New York State; Pancho Gonzales, the pro tennis star; Billy Welu, the noted bowling champ who has appeared in the Ten Pin Open Sweeper here; Duke Snider, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder; Jimmy McLarnin, the former welterweight boxing champ; Cisco Andrade. prominent Coast welterweight contender; Andy Carey, New York Yankee outfielder; Bob Lemon, Cleveland pitcher; Tom Morgan, Kansas City hurler; Les Richter, Don Burrough and Bob Griffin of the Los Angeles Rams; Olympic diving queens, Vicki Draves and Paula Jean Myers; Gus Zernial, Kansas City A's slugger; Al Learned, Pasadena City College football coach, and Esther Woods, California bowling queen.
We'd say Irv had a right smart grand opening and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Good luck, Irv!