Bowling staff needed to clear means for Vikings to land their title

Minnesota Vikings Inc. got here into existence as a potential member of our sports activities group on June 14, 1960. Max Winter was among the many 4 house owners together with Fred Lundin, Phil Wolsieffer and Harry Gustafson.

It’s a well-known story that Max spent days on the NFL house owners assembly in Miami in January 1960, ready for affirmation that Dallas (for 1960) and Minnesota (for 1961) would turn into NFL growth groups.

But, it was not till Sept. 27, 1960, that “Vikings” was revealed because the nickname for the NFL growth staff. And we additionally know that H.P. Skoglund, Invoice Boyer, Bernie Ridder and Ole Haugsrud had been Winter’s soccer companions.

So what offers? This:

The Minnesota Vikings included in June 1960 weren’t the sports activities entity revealed 105 days later because the soccer Vikings. The unique Vikings had been a bowling staff about to land a franchise within the Nationwide Bowling League, a brand new idea in kegling and planning to start out competitors in October 1961.

Neil Naftalin, a long-serving monetary analyst within the Twin Cities, despatched alongside a prospectus issued on Feb. 21, 1961, revealing that Minnesota Vikings Inc. turned Conference Facilities Inc. late in 1960.

The prospectus states that within the fall of 1960, a request was made “by the Minnesota entry within the Nationwide Soccer League for the usage of ‘Minnesota Vikings’ because the title of the skilled soccer staff …”

Naftalin’s firm issued the prospectus and he wrote just lately: “The bowling staff didn’t must grant the request. Had Max Winter not been so influential with the bowling staff, our NFL staff may need had a special title the previous 60 years.”

The bowling staff turned the Twin Cities Skippers. They competed within the new Conference Middle Enviornment, a facility with 3,000 theater seats simply south of Met Stadium.

The 10-team NBL folded after one season. The world was reworked into the Carlton Superstar Room.

Nonetheless, earlier than the league went kaput, the bowlers who had been nearly the Vikings set a precedent for our notorious soccer Vikings: On Could 6, 1962, they had been swept away within the championship showdown by the Detroit Thunderbirds.

 

Write Reusse by e-mailing sports activities@startribune.com and together with his title within the topic line.

PLUS THREE

• The Skippers reached the championship spherical by successful the NBL’s “second half’’ with a 26-7 file. They had been assisted by 4 of the 10 franchises folding after the primary half.

• Bob Strampe was the Skippers’ star. Detroit’s large curler was Billy Golembiewski — or “Billy G” on TV bowling.’’

• Len Homel from L.A. was the NBL’s founder. Weekly bowling reveals had been standard and Homel’s thought was the staff idea was sure to result in a nationwide TV contract. Didn’t occur. Goodbye, NBL.

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