This Day in Pool History

Oct
2
Sun
1935: Birth of Cisero Murphy
Oct 2 all-day

Birth of Cisero Murphy, Oct. 2, 1935, in New Bern, North Carolina.

Oct
7
Fri
1871: Death of Michael Phelan, Father of American Pool
Oct 7 all-day

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.

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

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

Nov
5
Sat
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
Thu
1991: Death of “St. Louie” Louis Roberts
Dec 22 all-day

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

Jan
4
Wed
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
Thu
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
Sun
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
Tue
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
Wed
1950: Death of Ralph Greenleaf
Mar 15 all-day

Ralph Greenleaf dies on March 15, 1950.