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Varipapa, Andrewlocked

(31 March 1891–25 August 1984)
  • David L. Porter


Varipapa, Andrew (31 March 1891–25 August 1984), bowler, was born in Carfizzi, Italy, the son of Frank Varipapa, a wealthy farmer who died in 1894, and Concetta (maiden name unknown). Nicknamed “Andy,” he immigrated at age eleven with his mother, stepfather Frank Cardamone, and brother to Brooklyn, New York, where he attended Pratt Institute. A versatile athlete who played semiprofessional baseball and boxed, he started bowling in 1907. After working as an errand boy for a butcher shop, Varipapa briefly sold insurance for the John Hancock Company. Stints followed as a toolmaker in the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 1917 to 1920, owner of the Empire Billiard Academy in Brooklyn from 1920 to 1926, and manager of a bowling alley at the Schubert Theatre Building in Brooklyn from 1926 to 1931. Varipapa had married Alice (maiden name unknown) in 1917; they had three children....

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