Willie Mosconi

Pool Player
Born Jun 27, 1913

William Joseph Mosconi, best known as Willie Mosconi, was an American professional pool player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times. For most of the 20th century, his name was essentially synonymous with pool in North America – he was nicknamed "Mr. Pocket Billiards" – and he was among the first Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame inductees.… Read More

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1913 Birth Born in 1913.
1919 6 Years Old In 1919, an exhibition match was arranged between six-year-old Mosconi and the reigning World Champion, Ralph Greenleaf. … Read More


1924 11 Years Old In 1924, at the age of 11, Mosconi was the juvenile straight pool champion and was regularly holding trick shot exhibitions. … Read More


1933 20 Years Old In 1933, Mosconi competed in the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) World Straight Pool Championship. … Read More
1941 28 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times. … Read More


1944 31 Years Old In 1944, Mosconi enlisted in the United States Army, having already spent several years working within the defense industry. … Read More
1945 32 Years Old 1945: Columbia World of Sports: "Champion of the Cue", an eight-minute "sports reel" in which Mosconi demonstrates his cueing expertise in slow motion. … Read More


1953 - 1956 2 More Events
1957 44 Years Old He returned to the game at nearly 100% by 1957, when he once again won the BCA World Championship. … Read More
1961 48 Years Old Mosconi was the technical advisor on the 1961 film The Hustler, starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie. … Read More
1962 49 Years Old 1 More Event
February 5, 1962: Mosconi was a contestant on the television game show I've Got a Secret.


1978 65 Years Old February 25, 1978: "The Great Pool Shoot-Out", a US$15,000 match between Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone, Jr. and Mosconi at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. … Read More
1980 67 Years Old May 9, 1980: Mosconi played a sportscaster in the film The Baltimore Bullet starring James Coburn and Omar Sharif.
1982 69 Years Old 1982: He appeared in the music video for George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone", as a spectator and betting on Bo Diddley's character.
1991 78 Years Old August 10, 1991: Mosconi played his last challenge match, against Jimmy Caras at the Valley Billiards Hall of Fame tribute dinner show. … Read More
Mosconi authored an autobiography titled Willie's Game, published in 1993. … Read More
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