Willie Mosconi
American pool player
Willie Mosconi
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.
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Celebrities & Their Secret Pool Addictions - Celebrific
Google News - over 5 years
Newman actually got lessons from Willie Mosconi (yes, the name given to the Mosconi Cup which pits the US against Europe) and current Hollywood giant Tom Cruise, who stared alongside Newman in the Colour of Money, is also a pretty adept player
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Fast Eddie turns fifty: Some pool-hall lessons about life's breaks (VIDEO) - Westword (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... which shifts the emphasis from the actual pool contests (though there are still some nice shots by technical advisor Willie Mosconi) to the human drama surrounding Fast Eddie's quest to become something more than a two-bit hustler
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La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club Celebrates 20 Years with Completion of US$36 ... - Aruba
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“Once called the resort 'where dreams come true' La Cabana has resurfaced with a bold new look and feel from the front lobby to the interior of every room,” said Willie Mosconi, president of the Board of Directors. La Cabana Beach and Racquet Club
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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - over 5 years
In 1993, legendary billiards player Willie Mosconi died at the age of 80. He held the world billiards title 15 times over his career. In 1993, "Frasier," starring Kelsey Grammer, debuted on NBC. In 1994, a federal judge in Anchorage, Alaska,
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Williams Defeats Archer Sets up USA Showdown for World 14.1 Finals Spot - Inside POOL Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
“Willie Mosconi turning in his grave. I know. I'm sorry!”, joked Williams. “The shot clock was little fast and I think modifying it to a extension per rack is a good way to go. But definitely you need a clock sometimes because some players are really
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World 14.1 Championship - Another viewpoint - AzBilliards.com
Google News - over 5 years
After all, the World 14.1 Championships has a long colored history of such disputes, (some of Willie Mosconi's World Titles were won in a 2 man challenge match) and at the end of the day, the printers of the record books will do the correct thing,
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'Rack 'em Randy' rolls on - Mankato Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Goettlicher learned his lesson about that long ago, when he played pool with the great Willie Mosconi in a series of exhibitions, and Mosconi flailed him like one of those aforementioned rented rugs. A couple of years ago he went to New Zealand to
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Olhausen Tables and Andy Cloth Chosen for The World Tournament - Inside POOL Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
This year's nominees on the ballot include Ray Martin, Dallas West,Nick Varner, Jerome Keough, Alfredo DeOro, and Willie Mosconi. One of the goals of the event is to honor the champions of 14.1 that have passed and honor those who are still living
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Four Amateurs Win To Join World Tournament of 14.1 - AzBilliards.com
Google News - over 5 years
This year's nominees on the ballot include Ray Martin, Dallas West,Nick Varner, Jerome Keough, Alfredo DeOro, and Willie Mosconi. To vote, please send in your choice at worldstraightpoolchampionships@gmail.com One of the goals of the event is to honor
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The 14.1 Straight Pool Hall of Fame - AzBilliards.com
Google News - over 5 years
This year's nominees on the ballot include Ray Martin, Ray Martin, Dallas West,Nick Varner, Jerome Keough, Alfredo DeOro, and Willie Mosconi. To vote, please send in your choice at worldstraightpoolchampionships@gmail.com "We wanted to recognize and
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La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club Reveals New Lobby Ready for Guest Check Ins - Aruba
Google News - over 5 years
Among those presents at the reopening General Manager, Joe Najjar, Assistant General Manager, Jessica Franken, President of the Board, Willie Mosconi and his distinguished wife, Fran, and other members of the management team of La Cabana Beach
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The almanac - UPI.com
Google News - over 5 years
They include Irish patriot Charles Stewart Parnell in 1846; noted anarchist Emma Goldman in 1869; poet Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872; blind and deaf author Helen Keller in 1880; billiards champion Willie Mosconi in 1913; "Captain Kangaroo" Bob Keeshan in
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Billiards club offers free pool tips - Tbo.com
Google News - over 5 years
Although Arnold Greenstein has played billiards for fun since he was 15, he figured he wasn't any Minnesota Fats or Willie Mosconi. So when Greenstein found out about the Sun City Center Billiards Club's beginners' lessons,
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Lo Spaccone - TV Mediaset
Google News - almost 6 years
Nel film appaiono Jake La Motta, l'ex campione dei pesi medi di pugilato che interpreta il barista, e Willie Mosconi, grande campione di biliardo, che ha un cameo. - La pellicola ha un sequel, diretto da Martin Scorsese. Un attempato Eddie Felson
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Three film greats get high-def treatment - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - almost 6 years
During the commentary, Newman describes his commitment to the role and talks about how he replaced his dining table with a pool table to train with the legendary Willie Mosconi. The disc also provides a short HD featurette on Gleason's career along
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OUR TOWNS; In a Changing Village, the Pool Tables Look the Same
NYTimes - over 6 years
BREWSTER, N.Y. Long ago, when Fast Eddie and Minnesota Fats were as hot as teenage vampires in love, any self-respecting town had a bustling pool hall. No more. Mike Pavese, who moved up here from the Bronx in 1969 and is sergeant-at-arms at the Italian-American Club down the street, blames changing times and temptations. ''In the old days, the
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DISPATCHES; Drowsy Days at the Billiards Cafe
NYTimes - over 8 years
JUST inside the front door of the newly rechristened Hermes Billiards Cafe, under the rusty elevated tracks along Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, is a red plastic deli-style number dispenser to keep track of the people waiting for one of the hall's 20 tables. The fixture has been hanging there a long time, regulars say, but these days it
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POSSESSED; In the Billiard Room, With a Candlestick
NYTimes - almost 10 years
YOU'RE not supposed to judge a book by its cover. Can you say the same of décor? Consider the antique pool table in the New York studio of the artist Philip Taaffe. Made in 1920s by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender company in a lavish quasi-Egyptian-Moorish Revival style, the table was then the height of luxury, among the first to have a system to
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Willie Mosconi
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 79
    Willie Mosconi died of a heart attack on September 17, 1993 at his home in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details He is interred at New Saint Marys Cemetery, in Bellmawr, New Jersey.
    Mosconi authored an autobiography titled Willie's Game, published in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details He and a ghost writer authored an instructional book on pocket billiards entitled Willie Mosconi on Pocket Billiards. In the book he offers advice on fundamentals, includes photographs and diagrams on shotmaking and provides straight pool strategies. The book was published originally 121 in the Little Sports Library series by Ziff-Davis Publishing Company of Chicago & New York in July 1948. It was reissued by Crown Publishers of New York in 1959. A second ghost-written book (which on some finer points contradicts On Pocket Billiards) was also published under his name. Mosconi set the world record by running 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition in Springfield, Ohio on March 19–20, 1954. To this day the record has not been toppled and many speculate it may never be bested. A handwritten and notarized affidavit with the signatures of more than 35 eyewitnesses exists as proof of this feat.
  • 1991
    Age 77
    August 10, 1991: Mosconi played his last challenge match, against Jimmy Caras at the Valley Billiards Hall of Fame tribute dinner show.
    More Details Hide Details The event was hosted by billiard artists the Birkbeck Twins at the Williamson Restaurant in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Both players were stopped every couple of for interviews. In 1968, at the age of 55, Willie Mosconi was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. In 1994, the Mosconi Cup, an annual pool competition between American and European players, was founded in Willie's honor. The event has been held in December of every year since then and is more popular than ever, especially in Europe. The Mosconi Cup is considered the Ryder Cup of the billiard world, and being asked to play in the event is regarded with prestige both among the American and European billiard community. In 2006, Mosconi was posthumously honored with membership in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • 1982
    Age 68
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 66
    May 9, 1980: Mosconi played a sportscaster in the film The Baltimore Bullet starring James Coburn and Omar Sharif.
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  • 1978
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Mosconi won the nine-ball competition in three sets, 5–2, 5–3 and 5–2. Aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports with commentator Howard Cosell and referee Charles Ursitti. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s: Mosconi made several other television appearances competing in challenge matches with other legends such as Jimmy Caras, Luther Lassiter, Irving Crane, Joe Balsis and "Fats" Wanderone. Many of these shows aired on ABC and the fledgling ESPN network.
  • FORTIES
  • 1962
    Age 48
    September 2, 1962: Mosconi was a contestant on the television game show What's My Line?
    More Details Hide Details While some have erroneously believed this is a cameo of Willie Mosconi playing himself, the Marconi character is a fictitious but obvious tribute to Mosconi, who is acknowledged by The Chief as "the greatest pool player in the world."
    February 5, 1962: Mosconi was a contestant on the television game show I've Got a Secret.
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  • 1961
    Age 47
    Mosconi was the technical advisor on the 1961 film The Hustler, starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie.
    More Details Hide Details The movie played a major part in the boom in the popularity of pool. Mosconi's job was to teach Newman how to walk, talk, and shoot like a real pool hustler. Newman had never even picked up a pool cue before filming, but his relative inexperience was undetectable due to Mosconi's expert instruction. According to Mosconi, Gleason already knew his way around a billiard table and Mosconi recommended Gleason for the role of the original "Minnesota Fats". Mosconi also had a cameo role as himself, acting as a holder during the first match-up between the film's characters "Fast Eddie" Felson and "Minnesota Fats". Gleason can be heard saying "Willie, hang on to that" (the stakes money) when the match commences. At various points in the extended scene, Mosconi can be seen in the audience watching the match. The documentary short "The Hustler: The Inside Story", featured on The Hustler Special Edition DVD revealed that whenever the camera cut to Fast Eddie's hands it was really Mosconi taking the shot. (However, IMDb claims that the only shot Mosconi took was the masse shot during Fast Eddie's rematch with Fats).
  • 1957
    Age 43
    He returned to the game at nearly 100% by 1957, when he once again won the BCA World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Mosconi retired from tournament play in 1966 but remained active in promoting the game. He consulted and appeared in several movies dealing with billiards, made game show appearances and wrote many articles on billiards, as well as co-authored some books. A feud with pool hustler Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone (concocted mainly by Wanderone himself) kept Mosconi in the spotlight well into the 1970s and 1980s.
  • 1956
    Age 42
    After suffering a stroke in 1956, Mosconi slowed down on his tournament appearances in order to recover.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 39
    Mosconi married his second wife, Flora Marchini, in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter Gloria was born in 1954.
  • 1945
    Age 31
    1945: Columbia World of Sports: "Champion of the Cue", an eight-minute "sports reel" in which Mosconi demonstrates his cueing expertise in slow motion.
    More Details Hide Details 1953: Columbia World of Sports: "Billiard and Bowling Champs", another short documentary starring Willie Mosconi and carom billiards great Willie Hoppe (as well as bowlers), once again in slow motion. 1950–57: Mosconi appeared on Toast of the Town later known as The Ed Sullivan Show on three occasions: April 23, 1950, January 6, 1952 September 25, 1961: Theatrical release of The Hustler (see above).
  • 1944
    Age 30
    In 1944, Mosconi enlisted in the United States Army, having already spent several years working within the defense industry.
    More Details Hide Details When World War II ended, he returned to a successful tournament career and renewed his affiliation with Brunswick.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1941
    Age 27
    Shortly before winning his first World Straight Pool Championship in 1941, Mosconi married Ann Harrison, his first wife.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter the first of his three children was born, William, Jr., who attended St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia and graduated with the class of 1959. Willie's and Ann's daughter, Candace, followed soon after William, Jr. The marriage ended in divorce.
    Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Mosconi pioneered and regularly employed numerous trick shots, set many records, and helped to popularize pool as a national recreation activity. During the 1940s and 1950s, the pocket billiards game most often played in competition was called straight pool, or 14.1 continuous, a form of pool considered by most top players to be more difficult than today's fast tournament game nine-ball. Mosconi still holds the officially recognized straight pool high world record of 526 consecutive balls (see below for more details). Willie's father Joseph Mosconi owned a pool hall that the family lived above. Joseph Mosconi was strongly opposed to Willie playing pocket billiards, preferring he become a Vaudeville performer. He tried to keep his young son away from the game by hiding the billiard balls, but Willie improvised by practicing with small potatoes from his mother's kitchen and an old broomstick.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 19
    In 1933, Mosconi competed in the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) World Straight Pool Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He nearly won the title but lost in the final to Erwin Rudolph. His performance garnered the attention of the president of Brunswick Corporation who immediately hired the young phenom. That same year, Mosconi embarked on a hectic cross-country exhibition tour promoting Brunswick products. Mosconi was joined by his idol and then World Champion Ralph Greenleaf, who was at the top of his game. In the end the scoreline read 57 wins for Greenleaf and a close 50 for the 20-year-old Mosconi. From 1940 to 1941, a round-robin tournament series was sponsored by billiard halls, with eight invitational players. Mosconi was sponsored by a hall in New York City called McGirr's. He dominated this series, and ran 125 balls from the five times when only two other players in history had ever done the same.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Age 10
    In 1924, at the age of 11, Mosconi was the juvenile straight pool champion and was regularly holding trick shot exhibitions.
    More Details Hide Details By the early 1930s, Mosconi had taken a brief hiatus from the game, but returned a few years later in the hopes of earning some money. Upon his return, Mosconi entered one local tournament after another and according to his autobiography, "Willie's Game", he won them all. After a short while, Mosconi was making a living as a professional pool player. Willie claimed he never hustled anyone, beating everyone honestly: "I played everyone straight".
  • 1919
    Age 5
    In 1919, an exhibition match was arranged between six-year-old Mosconi and the reigning World Champion, Ralph Greenleaf.
    More Details Hide Details The hall was packed, and though Greenleaf won that match, Mosconi played well enough to draw considerable attention and launch his professional career.
  • 1913
    Born
    Born in 1913.
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