WALTER RAY WILLIAMS Jr., Stockton, California
Player: Walter Ray Williams Jr. began a spectacular career by winning three Junior Boy's World Championships, 1971, 1972 and 1975 while averaging 86.6%, 89.2% and 86.6% and not losing a game in those three tournaments. Walter pitched in his first Men's competition in 1977 and in 1978 won his first Men's World title and there were five more World Championships to follow: 1980, 1981, 1985, 1991 and 1994. The high average came at the 1981 event where Walter pitched 88.1% in the famed Preimesberger Arena. In winning the six championships, Walter Ray lost just 4 games while winning 162 games. Williams got in on the end of the qualifying process and witnessed the evolution of the NatStats process for World Tournament seeding. Walter Ray was the first pitcher to enter a World Tournament with a 90% average.
Walter Ray has given much effort I service to our sport. He designed and programmed the computer program for reporting statistics and standings for the World Tournament. He has served as NHPA Statistician and has maintained the recognition program for presenting perfect game 100% patches. And there is no measurement to the value of promotion granted our sport from Walter Ray's performance on the pro bowling tour where he has been the PBA Bowler of the Year. Over the year his countless TV appearances have drawn attention to horseshoe pitching as Chris Schenkel made announcements to the TV audience about his skill on the horseshoe pitching courts.