Originally Posted by jjohnson
Cole Dickson vs. Richie Florence
8:39 PM 4/30/2012
I met Bob at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California, a couple of years ago. He told me about a match he watched around 1968 between Cole Dickson and Richie Florence. Here is Bob's firsthand account as told to me, as best as I can remember it.
There had been a tournament announcement posted on the wall at Five Points Billiards in Norwalk. Toward the bottom of the poster was a yellow sun with Richie Florence's picture in it. Around the sun it said, "Featuring Richie Florence, the World's Greatest Nine Ball player."
Cole was getting in stroke over at Palace Billiards in Bellflower. His older brother, Jerry, was sitting nearby when Richie Florence walks in. Immediately Cole says, "Well, if it isn't Richie Florence." Richie's two backers wearing suits walk in next. Cole says, "Who designated you the world's greatest nine ball player? You?"
Jerry covers his eyes with his hand shaking his head. Richie just stands there like: WTF.
Cole says, "I can beat you so what does that make me?"
Richie says, "How about a hundred a game?" Cole and Jerry only have two hundred between them.
Cole breaks and runs six racks in a row. He wastes no time. He shoots quickly. He shoots the eyes out of the balls.
After 17 games Richie's backers say, "No more." Richie never won a game.
Bob says that Cole was extremely competitive and aggressive. He says he knew he was seeing something special and that he'll never forget that match. Cole would have been about 18 years old. The only other person in the pool hall was the man behind the bar. Bob told me his name but I forget what it was.
Once in a lifetime .
Sweet thread,i love the old war stories,like black said ,is that all u have?