Newswink 29 – 20th Annual VFW Tiddlywinks Tourney Draws 250, by Rick Tucker

‘ “We’re the team of the ‘90s and we were the team of the ‘80s,” said Dave Bullock, a member of the team 5 Guys Named Dick, which took first place in the tournament and took home the championship trophy and $150 cash prize.’

36 teams of 5 players each paid $25 to enter this annual VFW event, now in its 20th year. The tournament was started in 1977 by Archie Johnson, the bar manager for the VFW post in Milwaukee. Johnson died in 1995 but the tradition continues. Johnson used to play the game while stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. The tournament is held annually at the Horne Mudlitz VFW Post 6377 in Milwaukee, colocated with Hella’s Restaurant at N63-W24375 Main Street.

The game is played on a 3-foot by 3-foot mat with a 3-inch tall glass placed in the center. Each team has five players, and each player has four winks. The objective is to pot the winks from the baseline corners that are 15 inches from the glass. Potting a wink in one shot garners 10 game points; in two shots, 5 game points, and three shots, just 1 game point.

(15 February 1996, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, page 4)