Bill Hargrove took three small steps and dropped the ball at his feet with a loud clunk. While it rolled slowly down the lane, he held up his right arm in a camera-friendly pose. Good form — especially for someone who's 106 and can't see what he's aiming at.
At a well-worn strip mall in suburban Atlanta, Hargrove became the oldest league bowler in U.S. history. Leading off for "Bill's Bunch," he knocked down nine pins with his first throw and averaged 93 in the three-game match.
"I haven't really given it much thought," Hargrove said. "I just go with the punches."
Hargrove lost most of his sight with the passage of time, but his love of bowling never waned. He took up the sport in 1924 and remains passionate about every throw. "It's been a lifelong pleasure," he said. "I'll keep playing as long as I can physically handle it."
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