Almost Forgotten: Rags, Youngblood & Rotation Slim

Almost Forgotten: Rags, Youngblood & Rotation Slim

Along with Cisero Murphy, “Youngblood” Washington, “Rotation Slim” Hairston and “Rags” Woods were among African American players at the early Johnston City events. In case you missed it, George and Paulie Jansco finally received their much-deserved induction into the BCA Hall of Fame back in November 2019. The principle contribution of these two legendary pool promoters was their creation...
The Legendary Cisero Murphy: Trailblazer and Champion

The Legendary Cisero Murphy: Trailblazer and Champion

Brooklyn’s Cisero Murphy smashed through professional pool’s color line. Cisero Murphy, shown in the video that you can find here, was the first African-American pool player to ever win a World or U.S. National billiard title. Murphy also was a trailblazer for equal access, having to overcome race prejudice to gain the right to compete at the very top echelon of pool. A native...
Son of Pool Great Cisero Murphy Pens Autobiography

Son of Pool Great Cisero Murphy Pens Autobiography

Cisero Murphy’s son has penned an autobiography. In 1965 Cisero S. Murphy won the Burbank World Invitational 14.1 tournament in California, and in the process became the first African American ever to win a national championship billiard title. On his march to victory, Cisero beat such greats as Luther Lassiter, Jimmy Moore, Joe Balsis and Jack Breit. But Cisero earlier had been kept out...