Shoot Pool, not people
I guarantee you Johnny beat the kid if they ever did play. No one beat Johnny in New York for the cash. Not Jersey Red, not Richie Ambrose, not New York Blackie, not Boston Shorty (He was Johnny's toughest opponent at One Pocket. If he could get up on the table no one could beat Shorty!) and not any of the younger generation either.The first time I ever saw Ervolino play was at Chelsea Billiards in NYC. He was supposed to play some young kid at 9-ball, and he was warming up on a back table. He waited a long time for the kid to show up, and when he finally did he walked right up to Ervolino and said "You're gonna get a game tonight Johnny!" I was expecting some awesome action, but instead the kid walked halfway across the room, sat down and ate a sandwich. Ervolino was getting more and more pissed off as the kid wasn't coming over to play, and he starting cussing and slamming the balls. After a while I turned to the guy next to me and asked if they were actually going to play, and he said yeah, just not tonight. Apparently the kid was playing mind games with Ervolino and trying to get into his head for when they did play. The kid eventually just got up and walked out of the room. I wish I knew who the kid was but I never did find out or get to see them play.