It was at 1834 E. Platte in Colorado Springs....called "Grady's". Lots about it in his book.I know that Grady had a Colorado connection many years ago, I believe he had a room in Colorado Springs. I have always been curious if any AZers remember anything about it(stories or room name?).
I miss Grady. I was lucky enough to play a lot of pool with him at his pool room in South Carolina before he passed. I enjoyed spending time with him.
Fantastic, I will look for the book and add it to my collection, Thanks for the info, very cool.It was at 1834 E. Platte in Colorado Springs....called "Grady's". Lots about it in his book.
You should avail yourself of his great book "Bet High and Kiss Low".
It is a great read about pool gambling, girls, and all the rest.
It also has some great exposes of some of the bullshit artist "sacred cows" who come around this place.
The good thing about Grady's stories is that every one of them can be verified by someone who is still alive.
Here's an example of some of the stuff: "During that year, Sandi and I saved our cash and I looked for suitable buildings for a pool room. I found one at 1834 E. Platte. It was 3000 sq. feet, not as big as I had desired but in a great location. I made an appointment to see the property and when I got there, to my surprise, two other men were trying to rent the building also. One wanted to put in a hardware store, the other a flower shop, and dumb me:a pool hall. The real estate guy says to me, in front of the other gentlemen, "I really don't think a pool hall is the best use for this property". Thinking fast, I said to him, where the other guys could hear, "I'm going to make you an offer and then I'm going to walk away for a few minutes. Then when I come back, you can tell me what you've decided." I didn't hesitate, "I 'll give you one year's rent in advance in cash and sign a 5 year lease". Needless to say he accepted the offer".
The book is 8x10, 150 pages and filled with photographs and great stories from a REAL pool player who would bet with both hands using his own money..
I had mine spiral bound and must have read it forty times.
E. Platte and Union, H Salt Fish and chips around the corner on N. Union. Charlie Shootman drove Gradys Cadillac twice from OK to Colorado Springs, hauling Gold Crowns in the trunk and back seat. Second time around a gal pool player named Dell? hitched a ride. He with Andy Dejesus help, got things ah going. Allot of domino action, Dick Henry loved the place, and all the roadies came thru, well not all. To get action from Matthews, some times it was Reds/den mothers money. Early seventies in CO, lots of action, titty bars and military. The gal that married Boom Boom/Wade Crane, came from S. Platte Ave. pool room was right next door to the Pharmacy 1600 south. Diane Schmidt. Here parents built a pool room, across the street from the peppermint lounge titty bar. Diane is a cop, in the south, MS I think.
Grady is of course in the one-pocket HOF, but I'm pretty sure he's not in the BCA HOF. It's not too hard of an argument to make that he deserves to be. If anyone out there is familiar enough with all of his accomplishments, and willing to write up a letter to nominate him, the nomination procedure is quite simple.
I was lucky enough to have known Grady, and the pool World absolutely lost a gem when Grady passed. He gave me the old carrom table that he used to have in his pool hall in Columbia, South Carolina. If anybody knows the story of that old table, I would love to hear it.
I'm trying to attach a picture on here of Grady's pool room in Colorado Springs. Hopefully it works...
He was certainly a class act for sure but can someone tell me what the hell is drambuie and potato salad? I've always been curious as to what that meant in TCOM,