Alfredo De Oro’s Glorious 1918 Return to Cuba

Alfredo De Oro’s Glorious 1918 Return to Cuba

In 1918, after a decades-long absence, billiard champion Alfredo de Oro returned home to his native Cuba. His mission: to defend the world title. Some years ago I took a deep dive into three-day match, now remembered as one of the most dramatic in the history of three-cushion billiards. It was played out Jan. 10-12, 1918 and the challenger was a man named Charles Otis, then one of the leading...
Alfredo de Oro: Pool Great Overshadowed by Greenleaf

Alfredo de Oro: Pool Great Overshadowed by Greenleaf

If you’ve been following along lately, you know we’ve had on-gain off-again discussions here about the greatest pool players in American history. Several months ago we conducted a poll on the issue.  Willie Mosconi and Ralph Greenleaf received the most votes, which prompted a run-off. The voting is still open on the question. You can find the ballot on the panel at right. But...

Master Class Sharking: The Alfredo De Oro Bladder Technique

The Alfredo De Oro Bladder Technique I wrote an essay sometime back in which I listed some of the most popular sharking techniques in history. Somehow I neglected to mention one of my favorites. During the 1936 World Billiards Tournament, when Alfredo De Oro was 71 years old, the Cuban master found himself matched up against the legendary Welker Cochran. Cochran was then at the top of his game....