McDaniel, Wil A.

Year Inducted: 2007
Category: Performance
William Arthur McDaniel, smooth, quiet, a class gentleman, always a smile on his face and one hell of a bowler!
Wil was a very competitive bowler but not brag just face, went about his business and kept quiet.
Wil got his start in 1973 at the old Bryant Center Lanes on NE 23rd Street in Oklahoma City. After only 3 years and under the watchful eye of Big "D" Harold Denson WIl cracked the top twenty in Oklahoma CIty league averages. His 189 average in the 1976-77 season was 12th in Oklahoma City. His 198 average in 1978-79 was 14th. In 1980, Wil started consistently having averages over 200 in league play and was Number 1 in Oklahoma City in 1986-87 season with a 224 average. Wil was in the top 20 Oklahoma City averages 15 different years and from 1980 though 1993 had 24 consectuive league averages over 200.
Wil was a money bowler - whether doubling his weekly pay check at the Holiday Lanes Casino Color Pin Bowling on Saturday nights or weekend sweepers, he made quite a living on jackpots and side bets.
Wil was also a tournament bowler travelling throughout the State and to Cincinnati for the Honkie, with stops along the way. Wil won an elimanater tournament in Wihita and Doubles in the Miller Lite Classic in Muskogee.
Wil has bowled (15) 300 games including 6 in one year (1986-87), (6) 800 series with a high of 826, (1) 298 and (3) 299 because he usually finished off the game with a strike after rolling 11 in a row.
Wil hasnt bowled competitively since 1993. A transmission specialist for United Engines, he is their main instructor and has to travel extensively for the company.
Because as they all say, he was one hell of a bowler, the Bowling Council proudly inducts Wil McDaniel into its Hall of Fame.