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Cincinnati "Clem" Metz passes. - 05-05-2011, 07:13 AM

I don't have any details yet, I'll try to post more when I get thembut I just got a call from a good friend telling me that Cincinnati Eugene "Clem" Metz one of the undisputed best one pocket players of all times passed away. He strictly a "road agent", never playing in a pool tournament but often relieving the winners of their purse after the tournament was over. I once asked Marshall "Squirrel" Carpenter how he ranked Clem's game since they were of the same era, and Squirrel told me "You know, at one point I thought I could beat anyone in the world playing one pocket, EXCEPT Clem! That's about as high of praise as you can get when it comes to playing the game. Anyone have any Clem stories, post them here.

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05-05-2011, 07:14 AM

So sad. Thanks for letting the pool world know about the passing of a legend. RIP, Cincinnati Clem!


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Jersey Red's Clem story - 05-05-2011, 07:31 AM

Eugene "Cincinnati Clem" Metz might have been the toughest safety player of them all. Jersey Red told the story of when Clem was playing "Connecticut Johnny" Vives (winner of the first Johnston City One-Pocket tournament). Clem and Vives had been playing for many hours. Vives had been on a starvation shot-diet, getting nothing good to shoot at during the whole session. Clem was squeezing him like a python.
Finally, Vives spots Clem looking up-table at a long bank shot. It looked like Clem was finally going to leave Vives far away, but at least leave a shot toward Johnny's pocket.
Vives nudged Jersey Red as if to say, "Lookie here, Clem is going to finally loosen up and give me a shot at my hole." Vives's hopes were soon dashed when Clem shot up-table at the long bank and drew the cue ball back into the stack!

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05-05-2011, 09:35 AM

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Eugene "Cincinnati Clem" Metz might have been the toughest safety player of them all. Jersey Red told the story of when Clem was playing "Connecticut Johnny" Vives (winner of the first Johnston City One-Pocket tournament). Clem and Vives had been playing for many hours. Vives had been on a starvation shot-diet, getting nothing good to shoot at during the whole session. Clem was squeezing him like a python.
Finally, Vives spots Clem looking up-table at a long bank shot. It looked like Clem was finally going to leave Vives far away, but at least leave a shot toward Johnny's pocket.
Vives nudged Jersey Red as if to say, "Lookie here, Clem is going to finally loosen up and give me a shot at my hole." Vives's hopes were soon dashed when Clem shot up-table at the long bank and drew the cue ball back into the stack!

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05-05-2011, 11:23 AM

And another legend leaves us RIP Clem.


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05-05-2011, 11:39 AM

There are tons of other stories about Clem that will probably come out in someone's 'tales of the road' book, now that Clem has passed.

Clem was, indeed a great one pocket player, but also played other games (besides pool) very well. I am sure the details will surface soon enough. Clem was a very colorful Cincinnati native. If you knew anything about pool in Cincinnati, you knew the name CLEM METZ.


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05-05-2011, 11:52 AM

They say he was particularly tough on a 5 x 10 table. He'd leave the cueball frozen to the other side of the pack so the opponent was always stretching to play a safety, the extra few inches on the 5 x 10 made it really tough.
  
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05-05-2011, 12:37 PM

Hmmmm. My last name is Metz and my dad was from western Pennsylvania (Rochester). I wonder if it's possible that I could be a distant relative of his?

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05-05-2011, 01:26 PM

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Hmmmm. My last name is Metz and my dad was from western Pennsylvania (Rochester). I wonder if it's possible that I could be a distant relative of his?

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05-05-2011, 02:00 PM

A little historical note. Rags (John Fitzpatrick) and Clem were considered the two best One Pocket players in the country in the 50's. After Rags died in 1960, Clem was numero uno until Ronnie emerged in the mid 60's as the new One Pocket king. Clem had his moment in the sun, when he was the top dog. To this day, he is considered one of the greatest proponents of One Pocket of all time. This is not from any record book, just from the lips of the players who knew him, and played him.


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Story and picture - 05-05-2011, 02:58 PM

For a good story and pictures of Clem, check Tom Shaw's "Legends of the Road" in the October, 2008 issue of Pool & Billiards magazine.

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Sadly we have lost yet another one. RIP Clem.





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05-05-2011, 04:08 PM

RIP to Clem.

I might have overlooked it, but Clem is not in the One Pocket Hall of Fame.
  
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05-05-2011, 04:12 PM

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RIP to Clem.

I might have overlooked it, but Clem is not in the One Pocket Hall of Fame.

Mr. Metz is not in the One Pocket.ORG Hall of Fame. But, he's been on the ballot for quite awhile.

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A little historical note. Rags (John Fitzpatrick) and Clem were considered the two best One Pocket players in the country in the 50's. After Rags died in 1960, Clem was numero uno until Ronnie emerged in the mid 60's as the new One Pocket king. Clem had his moment in the sun, when he was the top dog. To this day, he is considered one of the greatest proponents of One Pocket of all time. This is not from any record book, just from the lips of the players who knew him, and played him.
I've heard pretty much the same thing about Clem from more than one old-time pro. The only difference is that they say Hayden Lingo was the best followed by Clem and Rags tied for second and then Eddie Taylor just a shade under them. I got the feeling that they were talking about one pocket on the 10' table though, on the 9' tables it seems Ronnie Allen was king.
  
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