This Day in Pool History

Nov
3
Wed
1899: Birth of Ralph Greenleaf
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day

Ralph Greenleaf was born in Monmouth, Illinois on Nov. 3, 1899.

Nov
5
Fri
1918: Birth of Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter
Nov 5 all-day
1918:  Birth of Luther "Wimpy" Lassiter

Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter, one of the greatest nine-ball players of all time, was born on this day in 1915.

Dec
22
Wed
1991: Death of “St. Louie” Louis Roberts
Dec 22 all-day

Death of “St. Louie” Louis Roberts Dec. 22, 1991.

Jan
4
Tue
1771: Birth of cue tip inventor Francois Mingaud.
Jan 4 all-day

The inventor of the leather cue tip was Francois Mingaud, who was born on Jan. 4, 1771, in Le Cailar, France. He was an infantry officer in Napoleon Bonapartes’ army.

Jan
12
Wed
1953: Death of Straight Pool Inventor Jerome Keogh
Jan 12 all-day

Jerome Keogh, winner of five titles and the inventor of straight pool, dies at age 80 on January 12, 1953.

Jan
22
Sat
1922: 480-ball Balkline Pool High Run by Jake Schaefer
Jan 22 all-day

Jake Schaefer Jr. runs 480 balls in an 18.2 balkline billiards exhibition against Welker Cochran at Chicago, on Jan. 22, 1922.

Mar
7
Mon
1913: Birth of Masako Katsura
Mar 7 all-day

Board March March 7, 1913, Masako Katsura was nicknamed “Katsy” and sometimes called the “First Lady of Billiards.” The Japanese carom billiards player who was most active in the 1950s. She died in 1995.

Mar
15
Tue
1950: Death of Ralph Greenleaf
Mar 15 all-day

Ralph Greenleaf dies on March 15, 1950. 

Apr
18
Mon
1819: Birth of Michael Phelan, Father of American Pool
Apr 18 all-day

Michael Phelan, father of American pool, born on April 18th, 1819 Castle Comer, County Kilkenny, Ireland.

Apr
28
Thu
1863: Birth of Alfredo De Oro
Apr 28 all-day

Alfredo de Oro born on April 28, 1863 in Manzanillo, Cuba.