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08-20-2014, 08:18 PM

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I heard many stories about Jimmy Caras from my mentor Leroy Kinman..... He, Jimmy, Mosconi & the wives were all good friends. From the Old School stories that were told to me, Jimmy Caras was a beautiful person when playing the game and in Life.
Out of curiosity I searched for that name and found a post that never got a response:

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=11661

Drexeline Billiards has the sign from Jimmy Caras' old room, hanging by all kinds of other memorabilia.
  
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Just a week ago at Steinway Billiards, Darren Appleton won the race to 200 final at the by running 70 and 131.
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08-21-2014, 07:21 AM

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Out of curiosity I searched for that name and found a post that never got a response:

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=11661

Drexeline Billiards has the sign from Jimmy Caras' old room, hanging by all kinds of other memorabilia.
I got in touch with that guy and he e-mailed photos of the cue. I told Leroy the whole story & showed him the photos...... Leroy stated that it was not one of his cues. I am thinking that the guy had a reproduction but I am not sure, it's been some time ago.
  
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10-19-2014, 05:23 PM

I'm way behind on my AZB and just saw this thread, so I thought I'd contribute my own modest Jimmy Caras story.

It was 1963 or 1964 and a new small room opened at 104th and Western on Chicago's south side. Jimmy Caras gave an exhibition shortly after it opened and I was there. The crowd was pretty small so I was able to stand close to the action and not have some giant blocking the view of short little me. Like Mosconi's exhibitions of those years, first there was a 125 point game with a local sacrificial lamb and then trick shots. I forget who broke but on Jimmy's first opportunity with an open shot he ran 125 and out. He played fast, never in doubt as to what to do. Jimmy then gave his opponent an opportunity to shoot and the poor guy made a ball or two and then missed.

I believe one of Jimmy's trick shots was to shoot a short shot into a corner pocket, drawing the ball three rails and knocking in a ball hanging in the opposite corner pocket. It's hard to believe that shot can be made but I believe he made it. New cloth, polished balls and all, but still ....

From Jimmy's demeanor during the exhibition it was easy to believe that he was a real nice guy.



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Cara Carisma! - 10-21-2014, 07:47 AM

Just came across these stories and thought I would tell mine. Mr. Caras arrived at a local bowling alley in Oshkosh, Wi. around 1964 for an exhibition. Myself and about a dozen others stood around the table, no chairs. When Jimmy arrived he broke the balls one handed and went on to run 45 balls using only one hand. He then quite and said, we will now start the exhibition. I'll never forget what a gentleman he was with skills to match. Saw Mosconi a couple times, but Jimmy will always be my favorite.
  
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Thanks for the post. An amazing story.
  
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03-25-2020, 01:15 PM

Saw Caras in exhibition at Michigan State University billiard room the winter of 1972. I had with me a brand new Viking cue. Jimmy spied it, compimented the cue, and proceeded to shape the tip, chalked it, and handed it back to me. IIRC, he ran about 55 first try on one the many Anniversaries in the room. I did get an autographed copy of his trick shot booklet he was handing out at the end of the show. Regretfully, the MSU billiard room is long gone.
  
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03-30-2020, 06:34 PM

Willie and Jimmy....1962

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JCdJ08_M3Y

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Thorsten Hohmann played a straight pool tournament once, where he shot 125 and out on his first chance (all matches were races to 125) in quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

He had 8 matches in the whole tournament, shot 125 and out 4 times and needed 20 innings for all the matches (1000 points) including safety breaks and ends of innings because he reached 125 and match was over.
  
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05-14-2020, 06:53 AM

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Originally posted by my father awhile ago, but he recently updated it. Hope you like it:

CARAS RUNS 100

It was a bitter cold, windy night in Ithaca, New York in the fall of 1948. At the Student Union in Cornell University a crowd of about 60 students and a few faculty had gathered in a large room containing a dozen pool tables to see an exhibition by Jimmy Caras. A freezing Canadian winter wind was hurtling down Lake Cayuga and across the campus as Jimmy arrived with his “manager,” both wearing heavy coats, scarfs, gloves, hats – the works.
The manager made the following startling announcement in a loud voice: “Mr. Caras will now run 100 balls.” You could hear a distinct murmur spread across the room. Meanwhile Jimmy has removed his coat and is screwing his cue together, still not saying a word. I figured that he just didn’t speak English which is why the manager had made that announcement. A hush then descended on the crowd.
I don’t think the whole thing took more than 15 minutes. He never took a practice shot – just broke the balls and started running. The manager counted off the score and announced the next ball to be pocketed, as they used to do in tournaments. When Caras hit 100 the whole place burst into wild applause. He bowed to the crowd, unscrewed the cue, put it into its case and disappeared into the night, again without saying a word. A really amazing moment for all of us neophytes who had never seen anything like it.

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Very nice post Dan, thanks so much for sharing that.

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Very nice post Dan, thanks so much for sharing that.

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Glad you enjoyed it. I have or had several other stories from my father but I can't seem to locate them, even online. If I do I'll post them as well. One was about Lassiter and one or two about Mosconi. I used to post them every once in awhile on AZ.


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Glad you enjoyed it. I have or had several other stories from my father but I can't seem to locate them, even online. If I do I'll post them as well. One was about Lassiter and one or two about Mosconi. I used to post them every once in awhile on AZ.
A Lassiter story from your father: https://forums.azbilliards.com/showp...2&postcount=17

And here's some info from your father about Mosconi: https://forums.azbilliards.com/showp...3&postcount=89
  
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A Lassiter story from your father: https://forums.azbilliards.com/showp...2&postcount=17

And here's some info from your father about Mosconi: https://forums.azbilliards.com/showp...3&postcount=89
Hey, that's great! Not sure why I had trouble finding that. There is at least one other Mosconi story about the Lamb's club where they did a Lambasting (similar to the Friar's club roasts).

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Hey, that's great! Not sure why I had trouble finding that. There is at least one other Mosconi story about the Lamb's club where they did a Lambasting (similar to the Friar's club roasts).

Thanks again!
Here you go: https://forums.azbilliards.com/showp...&postcount=222
  
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Originally posted by my father awhile ago, but he recently updated it. Hope you like it:

CARAS RUNS 100

It was a bitter cold, windy night in Ithaca, New York in the fall of 1948. At the Student Union in Cornell University a crowd of about 60 students and a few faculty had gathered in a large room containing a dozen pool tables to see an exhibition by Jimmy Caras. A freezing Canadian winter wind was hurtling down Lake Cayuga and across the campus as Jimmy arrived with his “manager,” both wearing heavy coats, scarfs, gloves, hats – the works.
The manager made the following startling announcement in a loud voice: “Mr. Caras will now run 100 balls.” You could hear a distinct murmur spread across the room. Meanwhile Jimmy has removed his coat and is screwing his cue together, still not saying a word. I figured that he just didn’t speak English which is why the manager had made that announcement. A hush then descended on the crowd.
I don’t think the whole thing took more than 15 minutes. He never took a practice shot – just broke the balls and started running. The manager counted off the score and announced the next ball to be pocketed, as they used to do in tournaments. When Caras hit 100 the whole place burst into wild applause. He bowed to the crowd, unscrewed the cue, put it into its case and disappeared into the night, again without saying a word. A really amazing moment for all of us neophytes who had never seen anything like it.

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