Hall of fame player Jeanette Lee — better known to fans as The Black Widow — claimed multiple titles during the 1990s, eventually rose to the top of the rankings that decade and in ‘98 was declared the Women’s Professional Billiards Association Sportsperson of the Year. But one of her most noteworthy accomplishments occurred overseas, in Japan, during the World Games of 2001.
It was in that year, for the first time ever, that the World Games included cue sports — pool, snooker and three-cushion billiards — and Lee was among only five players selected to represent the United States in it. Many also considered her the most likely among them to take home gold.
The tournament ran Aug. 25-25, 2019. Read more here.
Pool legend Efren Reyes was born on Aug. 26, 1954.
On Sept. 7, Louis Fox and John Deery, joint holders of the world billiards championship of 1864, meet in Washington Hall, Rochester, New York, to decide the 1865 title. According to an account of sports historian Menke: “Fox, far in the lead and on his way to winning, found himself bothered by a fly, which, despite ‘shooing,’ continued to light on the cue ball. Fox, excitingly trying to chase the fly, miscued, and it was Deery’s shot. Deery ran out the string to win the championship. The heart broken Fox rushed out of the hall to a river, leaped in, and was drowned.” [Source: Encyclopedia of Sports, by Frank G. Menke, 1939.]
Birth of Cisero Murphy, Oct. 2, 1935, in New Bern, North Carolina.
Michael Phelan, Father of American Pool, dies on Oct. 7, 1871, presumably from the lingering effects of exposure from a water rescue of his grandson the previous year.
Ralph Greenleaf was born in Monmouth, Illinois on Nov. 3, 1899.
Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter born on November 13, 1918.