Carl “Cowboy” Richard was a phenomenal bowler that earned two American Bowling Congress titles. He was a three-time Missouri state champion in team, singles, and doubles and was a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association.
He was a member of the Chicago and St. Louis Falstaffs pro teams from 1955 and 1959. Richard bowled with and against some of the brightest stars which included Dick Weber, Don Carter, Ray Bluth, Buzz Fazio, Steve Nagy, Billy Welu, Don Ellis and Stan Gifford.
In 1985 Richard was elected into the Missouri State Bowling Association Hall of Fame and in 1996 was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
He purchased Fourth Street Bowl in 1959. Richard aided and promoted bowling for the city of Joplin by offering for the first time a junior bowing program.
For 35 years Carl Richard averaged a 200-plus, bowled 14 sanctioned 300 games and had a 826 series.