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...
1927 World Title: Ralph Greenleaf versus Erwin Rudolph

1927 World Title: Ralph Greenleaf versus Erwin Rudolph

In January, 1927, two of America’s best players — Ohio’s Erwin Rudolph and Chicago’s Ralph Greenleaf—met in New York City to determine who would become pocket billiards next champion. Greenleaf had held the title uninterrupted for seven years running, relinquished it in 1925 to Frank Taberski, and then quickly regained the crown the following year in Philadelphia. It was in that 1926 tournament...