This Day in Pool History

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.

1929: Birth of Harold Worst
Sep 29 all-day

Harold Worst, future three-cushion and pool champion, is born on Sept. 29, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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

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

Oct
7
Thu
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
Wed
1899: Birth of Ralph Greenleaf
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day

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

Nov
13
Sat
1918: Birth of Luther Lassiter
Nov 13 all-day

Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter born on November 13, 1918.

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

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