Walter Ray WIlliams Jr. is an American right-handed professional bowler and also a competitive horseshoe pitcher.
He is the current record holder of the most PBA titles won by an individual over the course of their career. He has won 47 titles which include 8 major titles.
Walter is widely famous in the bowling scene for his standard fingertip grip with Contour soft oval grips in both fingers bowling style.
As for his horseshoe pitching career, he has won Men’s World Horseshoe Pitching titles six times.
Furthermore, he also has pitched in the Whitehouse alongside president George H.W. Bush.
Asides from bowling and horseshoe pitching, Williams has also made an appearance in a documentary about bowling titled ‘A League of Ordinary Gentlemen.’
Before we get into his lifestyle and career, let’s look up some quick facts about Walter.
|Full Name||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|Birth Date||October 6, 1959|
|Birth Place||San Jose, California|
|Education||Cal Poly Pomona|
|Age||62 Years Old|
|Height||6 feet 2 inches (188cm)|
|Profession||Professional Bowler and Horsepitcher|
|Associated Teams||Brooklyn Styles|
|Individual Awards||7 time PBA Player of the Year|
|Wife’s Name||Fancy Allen|
|Debut||1970 (horseshoe pitching)
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Social Media||Twitter, Facebook|
|Merch||A-League of Ordinary Gentlemen, Trading Card|
Walter Williams: Age, Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Walter is 62 Years Old.
The Californian stands at 6 feet and 2 inches tall.
Unfortunately, his weight and body measurements are not disclosed yet.
Moving on to his physical appearance, he has brown hair.
Similarly, he has brown eyes as well.
Walter Williams: Nationality, Ethnicity, and Horoscope
Walter is a proud American as he was born and raised in San Jose, California, of America.
Apart from his nationality, there is not much information about his background. His ethnicity and family background are not disclosed yet too.
Talking about his horoscope, he falls on the Libra sign. Furthermore, Libras are known to crave balance in things.
Walter Williams: Early Life, Family, and Education
Walter Ray Williams jr. was born on October 6, 1959, in San Jose, California. The bowler was born and raised there and also spent most of his childhood there.
Unfortunately, there is no information about Walter’s parents. He has not disclosed if he has a sibling or not either.
There is no information about Walter’s childhood either, but it is known that Walter was known as the prodigy child in Horseshoe pitching, and he was extremely good at it since his early days.
As for his education, Walter attended Cal Poly Pomona University and graduated from there in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a minor in mathematics.
Walter was a very bright student. Although he was better at bowling and horseshoe pitching, his educational background was very proficient as well.
In one interview, he stated that he would be working for NASA if he was not a bowler.
Walter Willams: Horseshoe Pitching
Before his successful bowling career, Walter began his horseshoe pitching career when he was 11 years old.
He was known as the prodigy child of horseshoe pitching. He officially debuted in a tournament in 1970.
Williams participated in the 1971 Junior Boy’s world championship for horseshoe pitching.
To no one’s surprise, he won the tournament with ease and continued his win next year as well.
He won the Junior Boy’s World Championship for two consecutive years in 1971 and 1972.
Additionally, Walter won the Junior Boy’s World Championship in 1975.
Moreover, the most amazing thing is that he did not lose a single game in these three tournaments that he won.
After finishing the junior championship, Walter pitched in the Men’s world championship in 1977, but unfortunately, he could not win.
But next year, in 1978, he was able to attain his first-ever Men world championship. After this win, he began dominating the scene single-handedly.
He won 5 more World championships in 1980, 1981, 1985, 1991 and lastly in 1994.
His stats were crazy in the tournament as he had 162 wins and just 4 losses throughout all these years.
During the prime of his career, he also pitched at the Whitehouse alongside the president at George H.W. Bush in 1989.
His last recorded match in horseshoe pitching is back in the 2005 World Horseshoe Pitching Championships, where he came second after he changed from right hand to left hand.
Walter Williams: Bowling Career
Walter debuted in bowling in 1980.
But it was not easy for Deadeye to get a good start as he was more focused on horseshoe pitching in his early career.
He was good at bowling but not good enough to win, and due to that, it was not until 1986 that he would win his first PBA title.
It took Deadeye six years to win his first PBA Tour title since his debut.
Furthermore, this win sparked a light in him, and this was when he started pushing and practicing hard on bowling.
In 1986, he won two more titles and ended the year with three titles in his bag.
Winning 7 titles in a year
After winning 3 titles in 1986, he started the next year with another win at the Miller Lite Classic and followed it with another win at Hammer Open’s end.
After his 5th PBA tour title, his title drought started again, and he could not win any titles for the next four years.
He attended several events but was not able to win any of them in this time period.
Finally, he ended his title drought in 1991 after winning the Oronamin C Japan Cup held in Tokyo.
Again, he followed the next year with no titles, but it was like the silence before the storm.
Walter Ray Williams Jr. destroyed and devastated professional bowling in the year 1993.
That year he won seven titles throughout the year.
Moreover, with that achievement, he became the first player in the history of PBA to win seven titles in a single year.
1993 was the best year of his career, and he sure loved winning all the tour titles.
With this winning streak, he was finally the bowler that was competent in dominating his opponents.
Next, in 1994 he won two titles, and in 1995, he followed it up with one more tour title.
Again he almost repeated his 7 title win feat in 1996 when he won 5 titles in a single year.
Furthermore, Walter Williams became the first player to ever cross the $2 Million milestones in career earnings with all those wins.
Becoming the richest bowler
His wins kept flowing in, and he was on a roll. In 2003, he became the first bowler to surpass $3 million in career earnings.
By 2003, Walter had already accumulated the total wins of 41 titles and matched the record of Earl Anthony.
In the same year, he won the Dydo Japan Cup and surpassed the record of Earl to become the player with the most PBA tour titles.
Due to his precise and accurate shots, he was known as the ‘Deadeye’ in the bowling world.
And in 2008, he became the only player in bowling to get to the $4 million career earnings.
Again in 2009, he won another PBA title and expanded his one title per season record to 17 years.
He needed two more years of consistency to break the record of Earl.
Unfortunately, he did not win any titles in the 2010 season, and his 17 years long consistent record came to an end.
Joining the Senior Tour
In 2010, Walter turned 50 years old, which meant it was time for him to move on to the PBA50 tour.
He debuted in the PBA50 tour around the mid of 2010. He participated in the Miller High Life Senior Classic.
And yes, of course, he won the tournament with ease.
Walter continued his extraordinary form, and in 2012, he won two more titles, followed by PBA50 player of the year.
Retirement and Stats
Walter continued to win many titles, and despite being 59 years old, he won three consecutive titles in 2019.
He was ready for the 2020 season as well, but unfortunately, the pandemic hit us, and the PBA50 tour was canceled for the year.
And earlier this year, on March 21st of 2021, Walter Ray William Jr. announced his retirement from all of the bowling scenes.
The bowler concluded his career with a total of 102 combined PBA titles to his name. He has a 110 perfect 300 score.
The American also became the first-ever player to have the career winnings of $4,921,574.40.
Walter participated in 1038 events throughout his career.
Walter Ray William jr. is considered as one of the greatest players to ever appear in bowling.
He is ranked just behind Pete Weber as the greatest player ever.
Even if Pete is the face of the bowling, William is the one that is respected and loved by the fans most due to his calm and cool behavior.
Furthermore, he is widely known to be one of the humblest and consistent players. Many new bowlers idolize him and move forward in their careers.
Walter is also inducted into the PBA hall of fame, and not to forget that he is also a legend in horseshoe pitching.
He is also inducted into the World Horseshoe Pitching Hall of Fame.
Walter Williams: Wife and Kids
Walter is currently happily married to Fancy Allen.
The couple got married at Creek Lodge in Lincoln, Calif. It was an outdoor event, and many people were invited to attend the wedding, and it was grand.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t Walter’s first marriage. He had to go through a divorce with his ex-wife Paige Pennington.
Walter and Paige were married for a long time, there is no exact timeline of their marriage, but it was more than a decade.
They also had an adopted daughter named Rebecca Lynn.
Walter and Paige got divorced in 2017.
But things worked out, and Walter is again in a happy relationship with his new wife. They both currently reside in Oxford, Flordia.
Walter Williams: Net Worth
Bowling was the main income source for Walter, and he had earned more than anyone in bowling.
“Walter Ray Williams Jr. has the estimated net worth of $5 Million:
He earned his fair share from all the endorsements throughout his career. Companies like track and ford sponsored him.
Moreover, he is known as the richest bowler of all time.
Walter also earned tons from his early years in horseshoe pitching.
Walter Williams: Social Media
Deadeye is available on two social media sites, but he does not really seem to be active on those accounts.
Walter has 34K followers on Facebook, and on his Twitter account, he has only 2.1K followers.
Furthermore, he also has his own website named Walterray.
What’s the highest prize pool tournament Walter has won?
Walter has won a tournament with a prize pool of $120,000.
Is Walter the greatest of all time in bowling?
Arguably yes, if we look at the stats.
How many total Major titles did Walter win in the PBA50?
Walter won 3 PBA50 major titles.