A Billy Welu Bibliography

Billy Welu (1932-1974) was a great bowler.  He won the 1958-59 All-Star Tournament, and back-to-back Masters in 1964 and 1965—as well as 4 ABC eagles, 2 PBA titles, and an assortment of minor events.  A seven-time All-American, Welu was ranked #22 bowler of the 20th Century in the BJI poll.  While he was accomplishing all this on the lanes, he found time to be the color commentator on ABC-TV’s PBA Tour broadcasts.  He died suddenly at age 41 in 1974.  A year later, he was elected to the bowling Hall of Fame.


Welu, Billy, with Jerry Levine. Add 30 Pins To Your Bowling Score. New York: Crown, 1972.


Archibald, John J. “Big Billy Welu.” Bowlers Journal, Apr 1959:11-14.

__________. “Foes Fall Like Tenpins Before Welu’s Torrid Masters Tempo.” The Sporting News, Jun 12, 1965:42.

__________. “Mileage Master.” Bowling, Sep 1959:28.

__________. “Pin Star Welu to Seek Third Masters Title.” The Sporting News, May 14, 1966:42.

Boyle, Hal. “King-Sized Texan Billy Welu.” Bowling Illustrated, Oct 1958:22.

Cardwell, Damon. “We All Loved Mr. Billy.” Bowlers Journal, Nov 1993:17.

Cruchon, Steve. “Welu Makes Two.” Bowling Illustrated, Sep 1959:26.

Dressel, Jim. “Requiem for Billy.” Bowlers Journal, Jun 1974:74-75.

Feeney, Bob. “A New Face, a Familiar Face.” Bowlers Journal, Feb 1959:7-11.

Levine, Jerry. “Adding a Touch of Color to the Telecasts.” Bowlers Journal, Dec 1988:S-23.

Luby, Mort Jr. “Editorial.” Bowlers Journal, Jul 1974:6.

__________. “Pinfall.” Bowlers Journal, Nov 1959:16.

Nelson, Ray. “Bowling’s Big Man.” Bowling, Jul 1974:4,29.

Pezzano, Chuck. “Death Pushed Welu Into Shrine.” The Sporting News, Feb 15, 1975:30.

__________. “Do Bowling Aids Help?” Bowling, May 1972:62.

__________. “Sitting on a Powder Keg.” Official Bowling Review, Jan 1961:50-54.

__________. “Welu—A Man of Many Talents.” The Sporting News, Jun 8, 1974:55.

Pluckhahn, Bruce. “Big Man’s Blitz.” Bowling, May 1964:18-19,38.

__________. “Billy Welu.” Bowling, Jul 1974:29.

__________. “Stars On Parade.” Bowling, Feb 1959:32,76.

__________. “The Big Boy from Texas.” Bowling, Jul 1956:13,18-19.

__________.  “Welu, Ladewig Win in All-Star.” Bowling, Feb 1959:35.

Robersen, Bill. “A Wing-Dinger for Welu.” Bowling, Jul 1965:16-17.

Schmidt, J.R. “Smooth as Iced Jello.” Bowlers Journal, Apr 2004:64.

Welu, Billy, att Dick Denny. “My 22 Months in Limbo.” Bowlers Journal, May 1963:11-18.

“Bill Welu Wins TV Invitational.” Bowlers Journal, Oct 1958:33.

“Billy Ends a Long Drought.” Bowlers Journal, May 1964:17.

“Billy Finally Makes It.” Bowlers Journal, Feb 1975:55.

“Doing It the Hard Way.” Bowlers Journal, Jun 1965:35-36.

Obituary. Bowling, Jul 1974:32.

Obituary. Chicago Tribune, May 18, 1974:G4.



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