Originally Posted by dabarbr
Have any of you old timers ever heard or saw a player that was around in the sixties and before that played one-handed. He did have two arms. I believe his name was Ernest Morgan or something like that. He was known as the "One arm bandit". He showed me a scrap book with him playing around the world. He also played for royaly in England. The stuff in the book looked real. He was asking me for the 5 in nine ball with me playing two handed but we never played and I never saw him play. Anyone remember him? Was he good?
I saw him play. He put on an exhibition at the University of San Francisco (where moi was a student, majoring in pool :-) at the student union pool room, probably around 1973-74. His poster said something like he held the 14.1 one-handed record at like 140 something.
He was amazing.
The story he told was that the fingers on his bridge hand had been lost in something like a band saw accident. So he shot one-handed, but not like Ronnie Allen or anyone else I've seen. He shot with a shorten cue, holding the cue at its very end, spear-fishing style.
It was amazing. He made everything. No bridge. No rail. Cue up in the air. Stabbed em.
Now, I don't know about for cash, but frankly, I've never seen *anyone* shoot one-handed as well as Ernie, and often think about him when I hear discussions about who was the best one-handed player. He gets my vote.
not really an "old timer"