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Pit-Catcher Lanes was here.


Pit-Catcher Lanes was here.

A bowling alley with dairy bar was here, owned by former Philadelphia Phillies Bobby Shantz, a pitcher, and Joe Astroth, a catcher. This information is courtesy of Susan Abramson of the Doylestown Historical Society, Bucks County Herald, 8/6/15 at p. A10 (the dairy bar part I found on the Web; looking online, it appears that the dairy bar may have been a separate building). There is quite a bit about it on the Web, including pictures of the abandoned building with a really cool clock above the front doors. The photo in the Herald is circa 1965.


Location: Pit-Catcher Lanes , Butler Avenue & Bristol Road , 234 E. Butler Ave. (Bus. 202), two doors from above intersection, Chalfont, Pennsylvania, 18914, United States
Listing Category: Abandoned Places, Buildings, Commercial Archeology, Nostalgia, Preservation / Protection Needed
Virtual / Real: Virtual
Created Date: 06-24-2018

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Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : You can find some photos of the cool clock on the front of this building if you Google Pit-Catcher Lanes and hit Images.
Date : 2018-01-18

Name : markerwriter
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : Google street view shows that this building is gone, as do the comments at http://2zars.com/photoblog/bowling-alley/. A lot of comments about the clock. Was it saved? (Note, the original entry herein was earlier than 6/24/18. That is the date that content was transferred from an older website to this one.)
Date : 2020-02-24

Name : Roy Zipris
Email : LRZipris@yahoo.com
Comments : The bowling alley and dairy bar were separate buildings, and, if I recall correctly, the clock was over the bowling alley entrance, not the dairy bar. In the dairy bar was a glass case with several of Bobby Shantz's Golden Glove awards. And, yes, sadly, both buildings are gone, with construction of a new building (its purpose unknown to me) underway.
Date : 2021-07-04

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