Billy Hardwick
Billy Hardwick
William Bruce "Billy" Hardwick is a former right-handed ten-pin bowler and member of the Professional Bowlers Association. He currently hails from Florida.
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You'll Cry Watching Chris Hardwick Give A Touching Farewell To His Departed Dad
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Comedian Chris Hardwick's father, champion bowler Billy Hardwick, passed away last weekend. Fans of Chris, especially his interview show The Nerdist Podcast, are familiar with Chris' relationship with his father -- he even interviewed him about his days as a Hall of Famer in the '60s and '70s. On Sunday's "Talking Dead," one of the TV shows Chris hosts (along with, currently, "@Midnight"), he spent the last moment of the show praising his father, and reminded his audience to never take their family for granted. Here's what he said: "I don't want things to get weird, but my dad passed away suddenly yesterday. I didn't know if I was going to come into work, but I like this job, and it was a nice distraction. I want to thank everyone online. It was one of the times that the Internet was... it was really nice. The day before he died I had a really nice chat with him, and I was really lucky that I got to tell him how much I loved him. The holidays are coming up, they can be a pain in ...
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Bowling Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick Dies
NYTimes - over 3 years
Billy Hardwick, a two-time Professional Bowlers Association player of the year and an 18-time winner in his Hall of Fame career, died on Saturday.
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WATCH: 'Mad Men' Goes Bowling... Against Weird Al?!
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Ever wanted to know who'd win in a bowling match between Don Draper and Weird Al? If so, your very specific and highly unusual fantasy is now a reality. On Monday's episode of the Nerdist YouTube Channel's weekly show "All-Star Celebrity Bowling," the cast of AMC's "Mad Men," comprised of Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, Rich Sommer and creator Matthew Weiner, squared off against Team Nerdist, made up of comedians Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, Pete Holmes and of course "Weird Al" Yankovic. Which team do you expect to win? On one hand, Hardwick's father is bona fide celebrity bowler Billy Hardwick, and the younger Hardwick himself even appeared as a bowling wunderkind on talk shows as a child. On the other hand, Jon Hamm is Jon Hamm. This video is pretty much non-stop fun, as is much of the original programming found on the newly launched YouTube channel of Hardwick's comedy/geek empire. For more "Mad Men"/Nerdist magic, be sure to check out Hamm on Monday's episode of the ...
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Quince Center Owner Files $4M Mortgage - Memphis Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
The center sits on 9 acres and includes two strip malls, which include ACE Hardware, Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes, Dollar General, Subway and Hancock Fabrics, plus a standalone Walgreens. One of the center's two outparcels is Three Little Pigs
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PLUS: BOWLING; Pete Weber Joins Father in Hall
NYTimes - over 18 years
Pete Weber and Teata Semiz were inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame last night in Overland Park, Kan. Weber, who last year became only the second player to surpass the $2 million mark, trails only Walter Ray Williams Jr. in career earnings. He joined his father, Dick Weber, as the first father-son duo in the Hall. Pete
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Hardwick
  • 2010
    Age 68
    According to his son, Chris Hardwick on the Opie & Anthony Show on August 12, 2010, Hardwick was the last athlete to film a beer commercial profiling athletes.
    More Details Hide Details Chris also said that his father originally had lines in the commercial but, "got a little intoxicated after so many takes that they cut out his lines for the commercial." A decision was made after that commercial that it would make a bad impression on the youth to give the message that if you want to become a champion, you should drink. Chris also mentioned that his father, at 69, hadn't bowled in about 25 years due to his arthritis. He is the father of the comedian and television personality Chris Hardwick, as well as Eddie Hardwick, an Art Major at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 1977
    Age 35
    Hardwick retired relatively early from the PBA Tour after developing arthritis. He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1977, and is now the proprietor of Billy Hardwick's All-Star Lanes in Memphis.
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  • 1969
    Age 27
    In 1969, he matched Dick Weber's 1961 PBA record by winning seven titles in one season.
    More Details Hide Details The record would stand until 1978, when it was broken by Mark Roth's eight titles. Billy was ranked #12 on the PBA's 2008 list of "50 Greatest Players of the Last 50 Years."
  • 1963
    Age 21
    He was named PBA Player of the Year in both the 1963 and 1969 seasons.
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  • 1961
    Age 19
    Hardwick joined the PBA Tour in 1961, and amassed a total of 18 PBA titles during his career.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first player to capture the PBA career "Triple Crown" -- which is achieved by winning the three primary PBA major tournaments: U.S. Open, PBA National Championship, and Tournament of Champions. Hardwick captured all three between 1963 and 1969. There have been only five other Triple Crown winners since: Johnny Petraglia, Mike Aulby, Pete Weber, Norm Duke and Chris Barnes.
  • 1941
    Born in 1941.
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