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Official High Run - 14.1 - 05-21-2019, 06:25 AM

From different threads, we have lists of 14.1 high runs including Cranfield, Eufemia and Mosconi over 600 and 700 balls. But the official high run is Willie’s 526 because it was at an exhibition and not a practice session. A tournament high run would also count as official (from previous BCA wording), but not a practice session.

What is the current official high run on a 9’ table then? Was Chin’s 500+ an exhibition? Was Engert’s 491 an exhibition? Or is Schmidt’s 490 the official 9’ record?

10’ - Crane, Mosconi 309
9’ - ???
8’ - Mosconi 526

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9’ - Appleton 200 out




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05-21-2019, 06:53 AM

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05-21-2019, 07:41 AM

The "highest 'unofficial' tournament run" that I know is Pete Margo's run of 330 in 1978 or 1979 at the Biltmore Hotel in the World Series of Pool. I say "unofficial" because the run continued after the match was over. However, Weenie Beenie (Bill Staton) was the Tournament Director and Cue Ball Kelly (Carl Zingale) was the referee all through the run. The match was between Pete Margo and Mike Carella. They did not get along well in or out of the pool world. Pete told me that Mike had once made a derogatory remark about him. Anyway, Pete ran 125 or 150 and out to win the match. The crowd asked him to continue the run. Normally, Pete said that he would never do that out of respect for his opponent, but his disdain for Carella prompted him to continue the run. He ran up to 330 and missed an easy 6-ball in the side pocket due to what he said was "physical exhaustion". I have Pete Margo's written documentation and signature to these facts. If there is anyone who has proof of a higher documented tournament run with a referee calling all ball fouls, let's hear about it.

Freddie, as you correctly stated, the actual official highest run in tournament play is 200 by Darren Appleton against Francisco Bustamante at Steinway Billiards during the 2013 World 14.1 Tournament promoted by Charlie Williams. Bustamante made one ball, missed a carom and then Darren ran 200 balls on his first offensive turn at the table. At the end of the match, Darren continued to run another four balls, for a total of 204. Then, with the balls still on the table, Bustamante came over to the table and scattered the balls, so we'll never know if Darren would have or could have broken any other records. Darren said that because he had his next match coming up very soon, he probably would not have continued the run, anyway. I was there and disappointed that the run ended like that: 200 + 4.

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05-21-2019, 09:49 AM

Freddie Please understand Im not picking at anyone but lets use common sense here.
No one has ever videotaped their high runs until about 20 years ago and even then why would anyone go through the hassle. Most top pros haven't bothered because of the hassle and certainly no money to do so. This and all runs should all be thought of as official.
Cranfield, Mosconi and so on didn't have Cameras did they nor did they have tables set up to be easier to make high runs.I have posted this link to a Audio by 1 of the only Historians and Hall of Fame Member Charlie Ursitti that says plenty about Mosconi including him racking and witnessing Mosconi running 589 balls at 66 years old. This is Audiotaped and Charlie Swears that it happened so in my book its certainly official to me. When I talked to Mosconi a few times he told me he ran over 600 a few times but said he didn't have an opponent so he didn't count them. So why would any runs today be any different considering in the past in the 1950s and 1960s no one had video equipment and didn't care to bother to go out of the way for witnesses because there was no reward for high runs. Babe Cranfields 768 is the record and for official witnessed runs with backup audio and a Hall of Famer Swearing to the run is 589.
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Two Questions - 05-21-2019, 10:27 AM

1. What is meant by "official?"

2. Are there examples of "records" in other sports that did not take place in a tournament?

One wonders whether Mosconi's impressive run got into Brunswick's record books (actually their pool rules book) simply because he worked for Brunswick and it was good advertising for the company?

What criteria do the Guinness Book of world records demand?
  
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05-21-2019, 11:15 AM

Why is this not the official tournament high run? ---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVfKQ5iX3CQ

Feijen's 259 in what seems to me to be a tournament in his home country.
  
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05-21-2019, 11:44 AM

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From different threads, we have lists of 14.1 high runs including Cranfield, Eufemia and Mosconi over 600 and 700 balls. But the official high run is Willie’s 526 because it was at an exhibition and not a practice session. A tournament high run would also count as official (from previous BCA wording), but not a practice session.

What is the current official high run on a 9’ table then? Was Chin’s 500+ an exhibition? Was Engert’s 491 an exhibition? Or is Schmidt’s 490 the official 9’ record?

10’ - Crane, Mosconi 309
9’ - ???
8’ - Mosconi 526

Tournament

9’ - Appleton 200 out




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Actually, both Crane and Mosconi ran 309 on a 10-footer, but that's less than Cranfield's, 420 on a 10-footer, which I believe was a practice run but I once saw a framed newspaper article in a poolroom in which the 420 was reported. Engert's 491 was a practice run, too. So were both of Cranfield's 700+ runs and so was Eufemia's 600+.

As I was told over 30 years ago and later confirmed by Bob Jewett, Mike Eufemia ran 150 and out in five consecutive matches played in one day in five different poolroom exhibition matches. Cue Ball Kelly saw it all and called it the greatest pool ever played, with 750 balls pocketed without a miss.

Once can argue that the real world record is Appleton's 200, as it occurred in competition with the pressure that is found only in competition.

Which of these is the greatest achievement? Heaven only knows, but hats are off to all these wonderful players.

John Schmidt, I feel certain, will own the world record for an exhibition run on a nine footer, sooner rather than later.
  
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05-21-2019, 11:48 AM

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Why is this not the official tournament high run? ---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVfKQ5iX3CQ

Feijen's 259 in what seems to me to be a tournament in his home country.
Darren’s run was in a world championship (arguable)
...and he needed every ball....he could still lose at 199

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05-21-2019, 11:53 AM

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1. What is meant by "official?"

2. Are there examples of "records" in other sports that did not take place in a tournament?

One wonders whether Mosconi's impressive run got into Brunswick's record books (actually their pool rules book) simply because he worked for Brunswick and it was good advertising for the company?

What criteria do the Guinness Book of world records demand?
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05-21-2019, 12:18 PM

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Why is this not the official tournament high run? ---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVfKQ5iX3CQ

Feijen's 259 in what seems to me to be a tournament in his home country.
There is no tournament match that I know of that is longer than 200 recently other than maybe Charlie Williams' event that may have had a finals match to 300 one year. Also, considering the shirt he is wearing, I doubt that is in a tournament.


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... Freddie, as you correctly stated, the actual official highest run in tournament play is 200 by Darren Appleton against Francisco Bustamante at Steinway Billiards during the 2013 World 14.1 Tournament promoted by Charlie Williams. Bustamante made one ball, missed a combination and then Darren ran 200 balls on his first offensive turn at the table. ...
Bustamante's miss was actually a carom rather than a combo: https://forums.azbilliards.com/showp...&postcount=162
  
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1. What is meant by "official?"

2. Are there examples of "records" in other sports that did not take place in a tournament?

One wonders whether Mosconi's impressive run got into Brunswick's record books (actually their pool rules book) simply because he worked for Brunswick and it was good advertising for the company?

What criteria do the Guinness Book of world records demand?
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05-21-2019, 01:37 PM

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From different threads, we have lists of 14.1 high runs including Cranfield, Eufemia and Mosconi over 600 and 700 balls. But the official high run is Willie’s 526 because it was at an exhibition and not a practice session. A tournament high run would also count as official (from previous BCA wording), but not a practice session.
This is the problem, many of you will have to deal with, especially if John runs more than 526, or happens to run more than 768.

Some, like myself, think that with enough integrity, a practice run does qualify as a record, if believably achieved. The reason I believe Babe Cranfield ran 768 is because he told me about the run in 1977, when I was in Syracuse. In my mind, that's the record. Babe never made up anything of fiction when it came to 14.1 runs.

However, there is a camp who states it needs to be an official exhibition to qualify as the high run. Do you understand what you're saying? John's current pursuits are practice runs, not exhibitions. They happen to be recorded, but that makes it somehow official? I don't see how that's an exhibition, whatever that means. What is your definition of exhibition, those of you who cling to that requirement? Has to be witnessed by people? A certain minimum number of people? How do you know everyone at Mosconi's exhibition didn't fall asleep for at least five minutes during it?

I jest a bit, but the definition is being tested a bit. John is doing practice runs. If he breaks 768, I think he has the record. But they are practice runs, no opponent, not really an exhibition. Where do you official exhibition hard-liners fall? Not that easy a question, is it?

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05-21-2019, 04:15 PM

I think you've hit the nail on the head.
First, there is a tournament high run.
Then, a tournament high run continued until a miss.
Then, an exhibition (against an opponent) high run.
Then, a practice high run verified by witnesses and/or video.
Then, a practice high run unverified.
Oh, add into the mix: played on a 10'. 9', or 8' table.
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