Modern Mania for Mergers Now Menaces Minor Sports (May, 1931)

And of course we all play Bilgo and Poogo to this very day.

Modern Mania for Mergers Now Menaces Minor Sports

RAILROADS, banks, and other big business organizations have no monopoly on the merger idea. Inventors, bereft of original ideas, are now turning their attention to combining separate ideas into one complete whole merging, as it were, the well-known ideas of the past.

Nowhere, perhaps, has this tendency been so pronounced as in the world of minor sports. Polo long ago merged with swimming in a game known as water polo, tennis and fly-swatting emerged as ping-pong, dominoes and rummy met in China and returned as mah jong, while labyrinth puzzles and golf united in the popular craze of putt-putt.

On this page are illustrated a couple of new ones. Above we see where bowling and roulette have gotten together under the modern urge, while at the right is revealed a combination of miniature golf and billiards.

The new bowling game is played on a regulation alley which curls up at the end, where an electrical wheel is located. The wheel has nineteen spokes, the ends of which are hinged and bear a painted number. The entire wheel revolves at a regulated speed, and the player attempts to gauge the time so that his ball will hit the desired number when it reaches the bottom.

Bilgo is the name given to the combination of golf and billiards, while golf and pool are known as Poogo. Both games are played on a six by twelve table inside a wooden frame.

  1. Don F says: August 22, 20118:36 am

    Modern Mania for Mergers Might Menace Minor aMusements

    There; fixed the alliteration . . . .

  2. Hirudinea says: August 22, 20119:12 am

    So thats wher skeeball came from!

  3. Stephen says: August 23, 20116:23 am

    “Poogo” is a really terrible name for a game.

  4. Neil Russell says: August 23, 20119:58 pm

    Bilgo and Poogo sound like pet names for purging waste on a ship

  5. John Savard says: August 24, 20114:33 pm

    I thought I would search for more information about what the rules for Bilgo and Poogo were.

    It turns out there is a company in Arizona making a bumper pool table under the brand name Poogo. It’s a regulation pool table except for not having pockets and having bumpers instead.

    I have to admit that I don’t see much market for something as big and expensive as a pool table that’s modified so that it can only be used to play a little-known game, and not the well-known and popular ones, no matter how much fun the new game might be. It would have made more sense to make a convertible table.

    Bilgo, on the other hand, seems to get no results.

  6. John Savard says: August 24, 20114:36 pm

    Ah; further searching turned up a game variously known as “Golf Pool” or “Golf Billiards”, usually played on snooker tables instead of pool tables.

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