Because a sport without history is a sport without consequence.
At age 10 she ran a 47. By age 11 she was performing local exhibitions. At age 13 she was described as “a pocket player of exceptional ability.” Yet right from the start McGinnis found that because of her gender, few people would give her a chance.
Ruth McGinnis was America's first great professional woman pool player. Rebecca Batley/Guest Contributor In her skirt, blouse and smart midi heels, Ruth McGinnis did not look like your typical pool shark. Playing pool in a skirt is not the easiest of things to do...
Welcome to PoolHistory.com
Historic matches. Famous pool players. Dates and stats. Find all that and more at poolhistory.com, the pool and billiards history website curated by R.A. Dyer. Click through for articles about world champions Willie Mosconi and Ralph Greenleaf, or read details about big-time matchups with Minnesota Fats and Jersey Red. Dyer, author of the critically-acclaimed books Hustler Days and The Hustler and the Champ, has spent the last three decades writing about pool and pool history. He’s also the author of the long-running Untold Stories column in Billiards Digest.
Minnesota Fats won $20,000 from a trio of Johnston City hustlers, back in ’71.
Carpenter was the last of pool’s great ’60s generation made famous with The Hustler.
Jeanette Lee was among the first American pool players to compete at the World Games.
Remembered as one of pool’s funniest hustlers, Cornbread got the worst of it against Fats.
Excluded elsewhere, this trio of African American sharks came to compete in Johnston City.
Cisero Murphy overcame bigotry to compete in national championships.