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Lightbulb Rare AP footage of Willie Mosconi playing snooker - 06-05-2019, 03:28 PM

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While searching through the AP (Associated Press) archives for any news articles (as Lou Figueroa mentioned) with interviews of people who witnessed Mosconi's 526 in 1954, I stumbled across this footage. It is not attributed or attached to any particular news article that I can see, unless I'm reading the AP Archive wrong. It looks like it was raw footage with no audio (has only static throughout, like you'd hear when first placing a phonograph needle into the leading track for a song on a vinyl LP). It looks like it was raw video-only footage intended for a later voice-over, as was the case with news at the time.

You'll see Willie shooting a couple shots on a standard pool table, then at 0:17 (17 seconds in) you'll see Willie's now shooting on a 5x10 snooker table (you'll recognize the rounded pocket corners) but with darker-than-normal colored cloth and standard-color snooker balls. He appears to miss, and what appears to be his opponent, a snooker player, takes over and pockets a long shot down the rail. (This appears to be a VERY permissive table for a shot like that, although it's certainly NOT a 6x12 table.) More shots of Willie making shots on this table ensue.

Cool footage -- I wonder what AP's intent was for this video?

http://aparchive.com/metadata/US-Bil...9f05e0f9f30265

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06-05-2019, 03:43 PM

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... He appears to miss, and what appears to be his opponent, a snooker player, takes over and pockets a long shot down the rail. (This appears to be a VERY permissive table for a shot like that, although it's certainly NOT a 6x12 table.) ...
The table looks like it might not even be a 5x10. ...


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06-05-2019, 05:14 PM

Looks like Willie is playing with his Balabushka - and judging by his weight the 1974 timeframe seems correct?
  
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06-05-2019, 05:20 PM

Nice! Thanks he was a class act and always great to watch
  
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06-05-2019, 10:19 PM

I don't know if it was folklore, but there was this old guy named Johnny Bruce that worked in the pool hall where I learned to play as a kid.

He'd fixed tables in the pool halls in town for decades and decades.

He claimed that Willie Mosconi shot a 147 on our best snooker table back when he came through there with his exhibitions way back in the day.
  
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06-05-2019, 10:49 PM

I believe that Mosconi would get smoked by modern day players. Just my 2 cents.


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06-05-2019, 11:05 PM

Nice to see Willie again, Thanks
  
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06-06-2019, 01:10 AM

Good morning, gentlemen.

I believe Willie’s opponent in this clip is Rex Williams. I used to play kalooki and backgammon with Rex and John Spencer back in the day and recall him mentioning a series of matches against Mosconi. Rex was also the first to import pool tables into the UK, probably shortly after this exhibition.

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06-06-2019, 03:48 AM

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I believe that Mosconi would get smoked by modern day players. Just my 2 cents.


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Right, sure, and Joe DiMaggio probably could not hit modern day pitchers and Rocky Marciano would get knocked out in the first round, Babe Ruth? Maybe would just be a minor leaguer- you must be very young, and a lot to learn about the past greats in sports history. Did you ever pick up a golf club from even -say 1970? Hand that to today's golfers and ask them to shoot a 68! What all those past sports greats did should never be denegrated with whatever rationale you are using for your judgement. Just my 2 cents too!
  
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06-06-2019, 06:30 AM

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... I believe Willie’s opponent in this clip is Rex Williams. ...
I think you're right. Here is another clip I found that appears to be about the same exhibition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aZXeGzoRO8

That channel has many other old videos, mostly about snooker and English billiards but also some about pool.

https://www.youtube.com/user/stvmcal/videos


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06-06-2019, 07:22 AM

Nice one, Mr J.

Those old clips sure do bring back some memories.

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06-06-2019, 07:37 AM

Rex Williams was unbeatable on his home snooker table in Stourbridge, near Birmingham. And I do mean unbeatable. Most of the top professionals of the day (Reardon, Spencer, Charlton etc) practiced with Williams there at some point and I don’t believe any got the better of him over a distance.

Rex Williams and John Spencer were like chalk and cheese. Complete opposites. John was jovial, always ready for a laugh and a practical joke. Ray Reardon was the same, a lovely fellow. Rex on the other hand was all business, about as dour and grumpy as anyone I’ve ever met.

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06-06-2019, 03:51 PM

Always great to see the great Mosconi. I Wonder how many other such snippets may exist out there.
  
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Always great to see the great Mosconi. I Wonder how many other such snippets may exist out there.
At this point they are a little hard to find as a search on Mosconi and pool tends to return videos of nine ball players.


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06-06-2019, 05:59 PM

I enjoyed watching those, never seen before. Thanks for sharing!!!!


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