Bowling. A sport of champions, beer, and wonderful male fashion. If you’ve never been an admirer of the sport, perhaps the finest introduction you could ask for is a fellow named Guppy Troup. He got his great name from a youth team named the Guppies in a tournament where all the teams were given fish names. My kind of tournament. Naturally, as a great entertainer young Mr. Troup decided to make the team’s fishy beginnings his own name and has gone by “Guppy” ever since.
As far as fish-inspired names go, Guppy Troup is right up there with the very best.
There’s more to like in Ol’ Guppy besides his name. He’s not only one of the more successful pro bowlers of the 20th century, he also has a fashion sense that is unrivaled in the Western world. He was once described as the “gaudiest dresser” on the Pro Tour.
Troup told the St. Petersburg Times last year about the time he went shopping in Kansas City and bought 14 different pairs of trousers of “the wildest colors” he could find. He split the pants right down the middle and sewed them together, creating unquestionably the finest pants in the history of professional bowling.
Guppy’s favorite pair of pants were something he called his “strawberry shortcake number”. I could not find a picture of these surely amazing trousers but I will let your imagination create them in your mind. If they’re anything like what he’s wearing here, they will shoot right into a special display in the Bowling Trousers Hall of Fame.
Guppy is also known for a trademark celebration, naturally known as the “Gup Thrust”. It’s an entertaining movement perhaps best described as a “forward thrusting motion of the hip”, Guppy-style. If you have ever wondered where Bill Murray’s character in the film Kingpin got its inspiration, look no further than Guppy Troup.