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World Pool History: German Champions Erich Hagenlocher and Dieter Müller

In this article — the second of a two-part series — Ralph Eckert tells the story of German pool champs Erich Hagenlocher and Dieter Müller. Mr. Eckert is a pool champion, author, trick shot artist and esteemed trainer. However, for American readers, Mr. Eckert may be best known as Team Europe’s captain during the 2023 Mosconi Cup.

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Historic matches. Famous pool players. Dates and stats. Find all that and more at, 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.