About R.A. Dyer

R.A. “Jake” Dyer has reported on pool, its players and history for three decades. He is the author of The Hustler & The Champ, and Hustler Days — both from Lyons Press. Dyer also writes the Untold Stories column for Billiards Digest, one of the nation’s premier pool magazines. His award-winning journalistic career includes dispatches from Central America, Haiti, Panama and Mexico, Houston and the Texas Capitol on behalf of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle, The Washington Post and other publications. At the Houston Chronicle, Dyer was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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R.A. DYER is the author of The Hustler & The Champ, and Hustler Days — both from Lyons Press. He currently is working on a third book on pool history.

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Hustler & the Champ on Kindle

R.A. Dyer's critically acclaimed biography of Willie Mosconi and Minnesota Fats available in hardback or Kindle.

Expanded edition of Hustler Days

Biography of Lassiter, Fats and Jersey Red, released originally in 2003, now updated with expanded content.

Pool History in Billiards Digest

R.A. Dyer writes about a startling new Minnesota Fats discovery in the November edition of Billiards Digest.

Dyer featured in documentary

R.A. Dyer appears in Swimming with Sharks documentary, included in the 50th anniversary edition of The Hustler.

Janscos Inducted into Hall of Fame

Pool promoters George and Paulie Jansco receive posthumous induction. Read R.A. Dyer's story.