View Full Version : Remembering The Miz

05-29-2007, 09:10 AM
Thanks Mike for putting up the remembering The Miz on the main AZ page , its been one year since the pool world lost one of its true ambassadors and one of the best 14.1 players to ever play the game. The pool world is not the same without Steve.

05-29-2007, 09:16 AM
One of my fondest memories in life was the exhibition tournaments held for several years in the 1970's at the Hawk's Nest in Pittsburgh, PA; all of them featuring Steve Mizerak.

The Hawk's Nest was an upstairs poolroom in the downtown area. Dark; the only illumination was the table lamps. The tables were old, but played very well. There was a raised seating area (yes, behind a rail) to view the action - it was a railbird's paradise.

They had an exhibition tournament each year with 8 players; competing round robin at straight pool and eight ball; dressed in tuxedo's. Players included Jim Marino, Jim Rempe, Alan Hopkins, Pete Margo, Irving Crane, Lou Butera, etc. However, the Miz totally dominated them. He was in his prime, and he easily won each of the tournaments that I attended. He made it look so easy it was ridiculous. He was like a men among boys.

I'll never forget at the end of a long day he was matched up against Allen Hopkins, who had just won a VERY long, slow match. Both Allen and the Miz had their coats off, shirttails out, hair mussed, sweating (no A/C). Allen started out with a good run of 30 or 40 balls (to 100). Miz steps up, and says something to the effect of, "Man it's late, I'm going to end this thing right now" (just joking - I think). Proceeds to run a 100 - a "called shot."

05-29-2007, 09:40 AM
Video Tribute to Steve Mizerak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGNqiYmuv50)

RIP, Big Guy. You are missed.


05-29-2007, 10:03 AM
Willie , great story and what treasured moments those exhibitions must be. I was told a story if I remember right by 'ol Smitty , some of you will remember Smitty , that there was no action to be found against Steve back in the 70's when he was in his prime , the story goes that in straight pool tourneys there was silence during The Miz's matches until his opponent first missed , then there was buzz and scurying around amongst the railbirds , that was the only time you could get action , some where laying odds that the Miz would run out from where he was left.