In The River: The Weird 1866 Death of Pool Player Louis Fox

This excerpt, below, from an old edition of the New York Times describes the discovery in 1866 of the body of pool player Louis Fox in a Rochester, New York river. But how did Fox’s body get there? According to one very colorful (and perhaps apocryphal) story by sports historian Frank Menke, Fox, shortly before his death, had played a challenge match with John Deery to determine the 1865...
St. Elmo Pool Room: Favorite Haunt of Wimpy Lassiter

St. Elmo Pool Room: Favorite Haunt of Wimpy Lassiter

This photo of the St. Elmo pool hall in Norfolk, Virginia. It was the favorite haunt of the world famous Wimpy Lassiter and also was featured in the book, Hustler Days, which is available from online retailers. It was taken by photographer Harry C. Mann and is available under common licensing from the Library of Virginia. You also can learn more about the pool hall and Lassiter in the book,...
Hofstatter, Davenport Elected to 2018 BCA Hall of Fame

Hofstatter, Davenport Elected to 2018 BCA Hall of Fame

Broomfield, Colo., August 3, 2018 – The Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame welcomes two of the game’s top players of the ’90s to the class of 2018. The United States Billiard Media Association today announced that Austrian import Gerda Hofstatter Gregerson and “California Kim” Davenport have earned induction as the 71st and 72nd members of the sport’s...