Everyone who loves to play cue sports enough, should know a little bit about the greatest pool players of all time. Making a complete list is almost impossible, but there are few players who really deserve to be mentioned. In this article we will talk about three of those that have been etched in the annals of the game of billiards.
Earl Strickland is probably the greatest champion of the modern era.
His specialty is the nine-ball and he is probably the best ever in this category. He is indeed the only player in the history to be the five-time the US Open Nine-Ball Championship. Morever, he is the three-time winner of the World Nine-Ball Championship. His victories allowed him to enter the BCA Hall of Fame in 2006.
Strickland is famous for his demenaour. He was frequently protagonist of clashes with opponents, authorities and even fans! During a match against Steve Davis for the World Pool Championship, Strickland ended up using impolite and rude language towards referee Michaela Tabb and the crowd. Strickland started the game in a very bad mood since, according to him, the event was “revolved around Davis”. The continuous booing of the crowd further provoked him and caused his unfair reaction.
Similar events prevailed also during the Mosconi Cup in 2006 and 2007.
Another legendary player is Willie Mosconi. Willie was born in 1913 and died in 1993. He was one of the best-known and famous American players of professional pool games (pocket billiards). He protected his title of World Straight Pool Championship for 15 years from 1941 through to 1957. This is a feat that has never been achieved by anyone else in the history of pool playing and led to the nickname “Mr. Pocket Billiards”.
Today, the legend of Willie Mosconi still lives on. This is mainly because, among other things, he was well-known for endeavoring to pioneer and employ very many trick shots regularly.
He also managed to set many records while helping to spread pool as a popular recreational activity all over the world, mainly in the United States of America. For example, he is the record holder for pocketing 526 consecutive balls without a miss.
During his lifetime, he wrote a book titled “Willie Mosconi on Pocket Billiards” and was given an acting role as the pool instructor of Paul Newman in “The Hustler”, a movie that contributed a lot to the popularity of the game in America.
Ralph Greenleaf, born in 1899 and deceased in 1950, is a professional carom billiards and pool player from America who is the twenty-time winner of the World Pocket Billiards championship.
In 1966, alongside with Willie Hoppe and Charles Peterson, Ralph Greenleaf gained fame and international acclaim. He won his very 1st world title way back in 1919 and continued with the streak on and off through to 1937.
In his personal life, he was known to suffer from alcohol addiction and be married to actress Amelia Ruth Parker.
After his death, the New York Times published obituary read: “What Babe Ruth did for baseball, Dempsey did for fighting, Tilden did for tennis…Greenleaf did for pocket billiards.” This should be enough to understand why Ralph Greenleaf will remain a true legend of this sport forever.
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