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Tennessean rescues famous Cincinnati bowling alley

CINCINNATI (AP) - A former minor league baseball owner - who later became a bowling magnate - has stepped up to rescue Cincinnati's most famous bowling alley, a cultural relic threatened by declining business.

Western Bowl had been owned by the same family for decades and drew thousands of bowlers for its annual months-long tournament that distributed more than $1 million in prize money each year.

It's being acquired by Larry Schmittou (SCHMIHT'-toh), a former vice president of the Texas Rangers, baseball coach at Vanderbilt University and owner of 9 minor league baseball franchises.

For decades, hopeful politicians stopped by the Western Bowl to work the crowd in the blue collar neighborhood.

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