History of Pocket Billiards-can anyone help?

History of Pocket Billiards-can anyone help?

Post by John Murr » Sun, 04 Jun 1995 04:00:00


I am posting for anyone with knowledge of the history of pocket billiards
, or who can lead me in the right direction.  My grandfather, William
Murray,
played for the Ohio State Pocket Billiards Championship in 1904.  He
lived in C***Fulton, Ohio at the time.  I am trying to verify this
historically ... and then obtain copies of the press releases that were
issued at the time ... he was known for having a 500 ball run at one time
in championship play.

All responses are very much appreciated !!

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History of Pocket Billiards-can anyone help?

Post by Bob Jewe » Sun, 04 Jun 1995 04:00:00

: I am posting for anyone with knowledge of the history of pocket billiards

Mike Shamos is your best bet if he has time to respond to your request.
You can send mail to him through Billiards Digest, or look through
his book, "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Billiards."

: ... played for the Ohio State Pocket Billiards Championship in 1904.
: ... he was known for having a 500 ball run at one time ...

If he was playing around the turn of the century and ran 500, it was
probably at some form of carom (not pocket) billiards.  The highest
recognized run at pockets in competition was 182 by Joe Procita in
1954 (amazingly, it was on a 5x10 pool table, and against Mosconi).
The first recorded run over 300 was 309 by Irving Crane in a 1939
exhibition.  The only person known to have run 500 balls in Ohio was
Mosconi (526, Springfield, Ohio, 1954, see Shamos, page 102).

To get a historical perspective, read Willie Hoppe's "Thirty Years
of Billiards," which covers part of the time your grandfather was
playing, and probably the game.

Bob Jewett