This Day in Pool History

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

Ralph Greenleaf dies on March 15, 1950. 

Apr
18
Sun
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
Wed
1863: Birth of Alfredo De Oro
Apr 28 all-day

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

May
27
Thu
2019: John Schmidt Runs 626 in Straight Pool
May 27 all-day

On May 27, 2019 John Schmidt runs 626 balls at straight pool, officially breaking Willie Mosconi’s 1954 record. Schmidt played successive games over weeks in the attempt.

Jun
4
Fri
1969: Death of George Jansco
Jun 4 all-day

Johnston City tournament promoters George Jansco dies on June 4, 1969 of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

Jun
27
Sun
1913: Birth of Willie Mosconi
Jun 27 all-day

Willie Mosconi born in Philadelphia in June 27, 1913.

Aug
25
Wed
2001: Jeanette Lee wins Gold in World Games
Aug 25 – Aug 26 all-day

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.

Aug
26
Thu
1954: Birth of Efren Reyes
Aug 26 all-day

Pool legend Efren Reyes was born on Aug. 26, 1954.

Sep
7
Tue
1865: Champion Louis Fox Dies after World Title Event
Sep 7 all-day

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.]

Sep
29
Wed
1950: Birth of “St. Louie” Louis Roberts
Sep 29 all-day

“St. Louie” Louie Roberts born on Sept. 29, 1950.