Originally Posted by dabarbr
I just happened to think of one that I don't see on the list. Ernest Morgan "one arm bandit". A very treacherous man. When I was in my early twenties he invited me to dine at a local coffee shop. He wanted me to give him the five playing nine ball to set up the rail. I told him that I wanted no part of that. We had dinner and then he ordered coffee. When we went to pay the bill he only payed for the coffee. (like I should be impressed of what he did)
Anyone know him, remember him? How about it Jay H.
Of course I knew him! Everyone did, didn't they. He was perhaps one of the best one-armed players of all time, but a complete thief.
He was actually a top player on a bar table (no problem reaching shots) and only the best bar table specialists could beat him. He used to travel up and down the West Coast booking exhibitions in bars and poolrooms. He had his own posters made up with all kinds of ballyhoo about him. I believe the cost to book him back then (the 70's) was $75 a night.
We all called him Morgan (just like the pirate of the same name) and stories about his skull duggery were legendary. He never got to me because I wouldn't let him get that close. I knew he was bad news, so I just gave him a free drink and a sandwich and sent him on his way.