Bill Lillard made bowling history in 1956 when he became the first man to win four titles in one American Bowling Congress tournament. Lillard also won the 1955 and 1956 Bowling Proprietors Association of America All-Star award. He was voted the Bowling Writers Association of America"s Bowler of the Year in 1956, and he earned Bowling Magazine"s recognition for first-team All-American in 1956 and 1957. Lillard was a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association that was formed in 1959. During his career, Lillard won eight ABC titles between 1955 and 1971 to tie him with Fred Bujack for the most lifetime tournament championships. He also had five sanctioned 300 games and two sanctioned 299 games. Lillard was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.