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. Since we’re all about history here and this month is Black History Month, I think it’s appropriate we take a moment to commemorate the spectacularly talented pool champion who broke through our sport’s color barrier. Cisero Murphy, shown in the video that you can find here, was the first...
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...
10 Dead Guys Not in Hall of Fame (But Should Be)

10 Dead Guys Not in Hall of Fame (But Should Be)

Hall of Fame induction can mark the culmination of a grand career. Past winners include Johnny Archer, Alison Fisher, Willie Mosconi, Ralph Greenleaf and the great Willie Hoppe.  The most important promoters of the game, such as American Poolplayers Association founders Larry Hubbart and Terry Bell, have also gained entry. But several important personalities have...