Already Postponed, US Open Now Cancelled Due to Pandemic

Already Postponed, US Open Now Cancelled Due to Pandemic

The US Open Pool Championship will return in 2021. Matchroom Pool and MGM Resorts will continue to monitor the global situation and will make an announcement later regarding dates for the 2021. MATCHROOM PRESS RELEASE (AUG. 6) — The 2020 US Open Pool Championship, originally scheduled for April 13-18, 2020 and postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has now been cancelled. Matchroom Pool,...
Discovering Johnston City and Minnesota Fats: A Chat with Karen Fox

Discovering Johnston City and Minnesota Fats: A Chat with Karen Fox

Karen Fox, widow of Sports Illustrated writer Tom Fox, was there during the ’61 Johnston City tournament. Karen Fox Karen Fox, the widow of Sports Illustrated writer Tom Fox, recounts just below how her late husband came to author what would become one of the most important articles in the history of 20th Century pool. Tom Fox’s “A Hustler’s Holiday in the Lion’s...
LASSITER & FATS: BIG BETS IN TODAY’S DOLLARS

LASSITER & FATS: BIG BETS IN TODAY’S DOLLARS

How much were historic wagers by Lassiter, Fats, and De Oro in today’s dollars? This is what Luther Lassiter said about Norfolk, Virginia, back in the 1940s: “Greatest pool town that’s ever been. You had five or six people there who were really gambling. People had lots of cash, and players from all over the country — anybody that played for money at all —...
Marshall “Tuscaloosa Squirrel” Carpenter dead at 92

Marshall “Tuscaloosa Squirrel” Carpenter dead at 92

Legendary OnePocket player Helped Organize First Johnston City Tournament. Legendary one-pocket player Marshall Carpenter, better known to the pool world as The Tuscaloosa Squirrel, passed away April 5 in his namesake hometown. He was 92. Marshall “The Tuscaloosa Squirrel” Carpenter, right, with Wimpy Lassiter in Johnston City, Illinois, 1963. Born Feb. 9, 1928, Carpenter was the...