George Billick was the first bowler to roll 17 perfect games in American Bowling Congress sanctioned events. His record stood for many years and was compiled over a 25-year span. His best tournament series was in 1978 at the age of 68, when he rolled a 664. In the 1949-1950 season, he bowled in eight leagues a week in Wilkes-Barre, Old Forge and Scranton. From 1955 through 1957 he participated in leagues in three states — Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. In 1984, Billick was given the Rip Van Winkle Award by the Bowling Writers Association of America.