"Colorful" is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking about the greatest professional bowlers of all time. The best rollers often displayed an unemotional, intense demeanor amid hushed crowds as they prepared to unfurl their next strike ball.
Perhaps the most famous bowler, Earl Anthony, epitomized this image of the pro bowler, with his professorial image punctuated by a "Square Earl" nickname, distinctive crew cut and horned-rimmed eyeglasses.
But for all the Earl Anthonys, bowling also has produced plenty of showmen (and women). They displayed antics, tempers and attire that transcended their ability to roll 300 games.
These are the most colorful bowling characters in the sport’s rich history.