By: Scott RossPublished: October 6, 2022

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

On October 6, 1959, the lord himself delivered unto us perhaps the most supple and talented pair of wrists humanity has ever known, and he put them at the ends of the arms of one Walter Ray Williams Jr, aka Deadeye.

Williams won his first championship in 1978, taking the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Men's title in Chino, California, having compiled a record of 34-1 and tossing ringers on 84.2% of his throws, and he would take the title again in 1980, 1981, 1985, 1991, and 1994. Making that accomplishment all the more impressive is that he managed it despite his career overlapping with the sport's greatest champion, Alan Francis, who in 2021 won his 25th title dating back to 1989. But here's where Williams' greatness really starts to come into focus: horseshoes is only his second-best sport.

In 1980, Williams joined the Pro Bowlers of America Tour, embarking on the greatest career the sport has ever known. He won the PBA Player of the Year Award a record seven times; he led the tour in earnings seven times; he's the all-time leader in career earnings; his 47 PBA tour titles is #1 all time... Then he started bowling on the over-50 tour and continued to kick copious amounts of ass, winning a record 16 more titles, including three majors, being named PBA50 Rookie of the Year in 2010 and Player of the Year in 2012 and 2103.

But his wrists weren't the only rare gift imbued by Williams' creator. Williams also has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a minor in mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona, which he secured with a 60-page thesis titled "The Physics of a Bowling Ball Going Down the Lane."

"I've had a few pro bowlers ask to see it, but most of them couldn't make heads or tails of it because some of the math is up there," he told Sports Illustrated in 2003. "I haven't had anybody come up to me and and say, 'Wow, I really loved your thesis.'"

On top of everything else, in his prime, Williams had a handicap of 2.


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