The bowling alley built in Chambersburg by Hall of Fame baseball player Nellie Fox in 1956 is going to auction.
Matthew Hurley of Hurley Auctions was asked to handle the auction of the 27,000 square foot commercial building on 3.4-plus acres at 3587 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg.
Born in the town of St. Thomas, Franklin County, Jacob Nelson “Nellie” Fox built the bowling alley while he was an All-Star second baseman for the Chicago White Sox in the ‘50s. Fox went on to become the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1959 and an American League Gold Glove winner for three seasons, and led the AL in singles for seven consecutive seasons and in fielding for six.
He died in 1975 of cancer and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.
Fox lived in the Chambersburg area during and after his baseball career.
“I know when people come in from Chicago they want a picture of the sign and his picture. ... I guess younger kids don’t know. The older folks say how much fun he was and how they joked around with him,” said Rudy Goetz, current owner who purchased the bowling alley from Fox’s partner, Joseph Wertime. “In the wintertime he bowled all the time.”
After 31 years running the business, Goetz said he is retiring.
“I put in too many hours,” said Goetz. “I started off as a janitor and after a couple of months ended up as a mechanic.”
Included with the sale are a pro-shop with all remaining inventory and equipment, a fully equipped commercial kitchen, snack bar, furniture, fixtures, lockers, 13 security cameras in and out as well as an established arcade. Sealed bids will be accepted through Oct. 18.
Showing of the property can be scheduled by calling Hurley Auctions at 866-424-3337. More information can be viewed at www.hurleyauctions.com.