RIP: Billy Oatman, a left-handed American ten-pin bowler and a member of the Professional Bowlers Association has passed.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Billy Oatman, a renowned left-handed ten-pin bowler and a Professional Bowlers Association member. Billy Oatman passed away on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023, at the age of 57. His inspiring journey reminds us that dreams are worth pursuing at any age – he began his professional athletic career at 40. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Billy’s loved ones and friends during this challenging period.
Today, I received the heartbreaking news of my dear friend Billy Oatman’s demise. Our friendship dates back to our high school days, when we used to participate in the Midwest Junior Bowlers Tour. Later, we continued our academic journey together at Vincennes University from 1983 to 1985. Billy was an exceptional bowler, but what stood out was his ever-present smile, which he maintained despite the trials and tribulations of life. I deeply treasure the memories of our friendship. Billy was not just a great bowler but a kind-hearted person. Rest in peace, my friend. You will be greatly missed.
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Born in Chicago, Illinois on December 1, 1965, William Howard Oatman IV was an accomplished left-handed ten-pin bowler. He competed professionally as a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), joining its ranks in 2006. Billy’s exceptional skills helped him secure his first PBA Tour exemption when he placed 11th in the 2006 PBA Tour Trials. He ranked 37th in the PBA during the 2006-07 season, and has bowled four perfect 300 games in PBA tournaments. Over the course of his career, Billy Oatman has bowled more than 190 300 games and achieved over 70 800 sets.
Billy O. Taylor, an accomplished PBA bowler, has a daughter named Imani. His early passion for bowling was evident at the age of eight, when he joined three teams. Prior to his professional career, he worked in his mother’s health food shop. In 2006-07, Billy was awarded the PBA Rookie of the Year, becoming the oldest bowler and the first African-American to receive this accolade at the age of 41. Despite waiting until the final week of the season to obtain his permit, he had another successful season. He tied the knot with Annette Lyons in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day in 2006.