This Day in Pool History

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.

May
27
Fri
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
Sat
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
Mon
1913: Birth of Willie Mosconi
Jun 27 all-day

Willie Mosconi born in Philadelphia in June 27, 1913.

Jul
29
Fri
1934: Birth of Jack “Jersey Red” Breit
Jul 29 all-day

Jacob Jerome Breitkopf Jr. was born on this day at 4:39 a.m.  He later shortened his name to Jack Breit, but everyone knew him as Jersey Red. He is remembered as one of the nation’s finest and most colorful one-pocket players.

Jul
30
Sat
1960: Death of Walter Lindrum
Jul 30 all-day
1960: Death of Walter Lindrum

Given his pedigree, it seemed inevitable that Walter Albert Lindrum one day would make his mark on the world of English billiards. His grandfather, father and brother were champions. But distinguished as these other Lindrums were, none could match the prowess of Walter Albert, who was born on August 29, 1898 and who died on July 30, 1960.

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

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