New book about road players.

New book about road players.

Post by Michael Allegrett » Sat, 24 Feb 1996 04:00:00


   I recently read a very entertaining book about road players and
pool hustlers.  "Playing off the Rail" by David McCumber (Random
House -- ISBN 0-679-42374-5).
   McCumber is a professional writer who became a stakehorse for
a pretty good shooter from San Francisco, Tony Annigoni.  They spent
nearly four months on the road, hitting tournaments and looking for
big money games in Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Miami,
L.A., etc.
   It's sort of an insider's look at some colorful characters,
different types of hustles, strategies in various games, and so on.
   I think most pool players would enjoy this book.  I'd be interested
to know if anyone else in this group has read it.

-- Michael

"The trouble with pool is that it's
 no good if you don't win."  -- Fast Eddie Felson

 
 
 

New book about road players.

Post by Rudy Navarr » Sat, 24 Feb 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>   I recently read a very entertaining book about road players and
>pool hustlers.  "Playing off the Rail" by David McCumber (Random
>House -- ISBN 0-679-42374-5).
>   McCumber is a professional writer who became a stakehorse for
>a pretty good shooter from San Francisco, Tony Annigoni.  They spent
>nearly four months on the road, hitting tournaments and looking for
>big money games in Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Miami,
>L.A., etc.
>   It's sort of an insider's look at some colorful characters,
>different types of hustles, strategies in various games, and so on.
>   I think most pool players would enjoy this book.  I'd be interested
>to know if anyone else in this group has read it.

>-- Michael

Paula Schuster, the West Coast Contact for Random House, sent me this
fabulous book to review in CUE SPORTS Journal several weeks ago. The
moment I received it, I couldn't put it down. I attended the book
signing at Chalker's Billiard Club in San Francisco two weeks ago and
it was well attended (many local Bay Area players mentioned in the book
were there.) I've known Tony for several years and I couldn't wait for
this book to come out. Even though many people in our industry perceive
it as negative publicity, I say negative publicity is better than no
publicity. I believe this was the first book on 'pool' published by
Random House, I hope there will be more...

 
 
 

New book about road players.

Post by Gary Hadd » Sun, 25 Feb 1996 04:00:00

I grabbed it as soon as it came in at my library. enjoyed it
very much. A little too much 'gushing' admiration, but then I'm
also awed by what professionals can do.  I'd certainly
recommend it.
--
   T.B.O.I.            Zone 7   Southeastern ***ia


 
 
 

New book about road players.

Post by Max Gilber » Tue, 27 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>    I recently read a very entertaining book about road players and
> pool hustlers.  "Playing off the Rail" by David McCumber (Random
> House -- ISBN 0-679-42374-5).
>    McCumber is a professional writer who became a stakehorse for
> a pretty good shooter from San Francisco, Tony Annigoni.  They spent
> nearly four months on the road, hitting tournaments and looking for
> big money games in Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Miami,
> L.A., etc.
>    It's sort of an insider's look at some colorful characters,
> different types of hustles, strategies in various games, and so on.
>    I think most pool players would enjoy this book.  I'd be interested
> to know if anyone else in this group has read it.

I read this book while on a trip from Huntsville, AL to El Paso TX.  
It was so entertaining that I had finished it by the time we got to
Shreveport, LA.  I was really impressed that McCumber regarded his
subject matter so highly that he immersed himself in it in order to
write an accurate account.  The descriptions of pool games and pool
characters were excellent.  One character in particular,
"Bucktooth," really struck a chord with me.  He's the *** who
raises hell in just about every *** room in the country.  I
realize that he's just doing it as a part of a shark in a big money
game, but it really messes with those of us who are quietly playing
games for "little money."  Sorry, I couldn't resist the soapbox.  

As far as what sort of interest this book will generate... It
strikes me that part of what draws some people to the game is the
struggle of wit and nerve that takes place in a money game.  That's
what got me.

m

 
 
 

New book about road players.

Post by Rudy Navarr » Wed, 28 Feb 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>   I recently read a very entertaining book about road players and
>pool hustlers.  "Playing off the Rail" by David McCumber (Random
>House -- ISBN 0-679-42374-5).
>   McCumber is a professional writer who became a stakehorse for
>a pretty good shooter from San Francisco, Tony Annigoni.  They spent
>nearly four months on the road, hitting tournaments and looking for
>big money games in Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Miami,
>L.A., etc.
>   It's sort of an insider's look at some colorful characters,
>different types of hustles, strategies in various games, and so on.
>   I think most pool players would enjoy this book.  I'd be interested
>to know if anyone else in this group has read it.

>-- Michael

>"The trouble with pool is that it's
> no good if you don't win."  -- Fast Eddie Felson

I also read this book.  I couldn't put it down, it was a great book.
If anyone is interested in reading the review I wrote for CUE SPORTS
Journal, let me know. This book would be a great addition to anyone's
library...a must read...

Rudy Navarro

 
 
 

New book about road players.

Post by Al Mizz » Wed, 06 Mar 1996 04:00:00

Another good book out is "Corn Bread Red, Pool's Greatest Money Player"  
The book covers his life as a pool player and gambler.  Also in the book
are interesting stories about road players from the last 40 years.