Transaction

Bowling alleys in 1960s New York were a wild scene. Hustlers pulled out the stops to get an edge in their cons, including customized balls laced with mercury and fake heart attacks. Mob muscle was there to extract payment – big money was changing hands every night, one way or another. Gianmarc Manzione penned the story of action bowling for The New York Times.

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