Playing Off The Rail by David McCumber

Ty-Tanic

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I just finished this book tonight and all I can say is WOW. What a great read. It was very well written and had excellent grammar as well. Very great stories and gives you a idea of what the life of a road player is like. My Instructor is actually friends with Tony Annigoni which I thought was pretty cool as well. Does anyone have any other good pool books they would like to recommend? I have already read Pool Wars FYI.
 

Bob Jewett

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I just finished this book tonight and all I can say is WOW. What a great read. It was very well written and had excellent grammar as well. Very great stories and gives you a idea of what the life of a road player is like. My Instructor is actually friends with Tony Annigoni which I thought was pretty cool as well. Does anyone have any other good pool books they would like to recommend? I have already read Pool Wars FYI.
Here is a thread with lots of suggestions: http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=370443
 

Blue Hog ridr

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Believe it or not, I got the book for Christmas and haven't read it yet beyond a few pages.

Pretty captivating. If the first few pages are an example of what the rest holds, I will also be in for a good read.
 

Pushout

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On Bob's list, John Grissim's title is actually: "Billiards: Hustlers and Heroes, Legends and Lies, and the Search for Higher Truth on the Green Felt". I read this in 1978 I believe, and it's one of the best books on the list, in my opinion.
I've read most of the list, not including the Snooker titles. Good list!!
 

barking4action

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Tony annigoni is a crook! He owes several people including Jeff Gregory $5000 for his first place finish in a usppa Reno event. If you see him tell him he is a dishonest **** and ruined Bay Area tournament pool! Rant over
 

iateyourlunch

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Tony annigoni is a crook! He owes several people including Jeff Gregory $5000 for his first place finish in a usppa Reno event. If you see him tell him he is a dishonest **** and ruined Bay Area tournament pool! Rant over

I learned that about him today and its a little sad to hear because in the book Tony is made to sound like a real nice upstanding player.
 

decent dennis

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Believe it or not, I got the book for Christmas and haven't read it yet beyond a few pages.

Pretty captivating. If the first few pages are an example of what the rest holds, I will also be in for a good read.

Couldn't be too captivating if you've had it since Christmas. Just kidding finish it . Great read.
 

Pushout

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Tony annigoni is a crook! He owes several people including Jeff Gregory $5000 for his first place finish in a usppa Reno event. If you see him tell him he is a dishonest **** and ruined Bay Area tournament pool! Rant over

Yeah, I'm sure there is a least four people here who don't know all about that:rolleyes:
 

ShortBusRuss

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On Bob's list, John Grissim's title is actually: "Billiards: Hustlers and Heroes, Legends and Lies, and the Search for Higher Truth on the Green Felt". I read this in 1978 I believe, and it's one of the best books on the list, in my opinion.
I've read most of the list, not including the Snooker titles. Good list!!

I have a copy of that book currently... John Grissim looks like such a pimp in his disco outfit!

Short Bus Russ - C player
 

JCIN

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Playing Off The Rail is what got me back into pool in the early 2000's. I need to kick David McCumbers ass.

Seriously though....the way he experienced the action side of the game is the only way to do it. As a tourist. Cause that life is shitty, which I think he does a fair job showing in the book after all the romanticism of the road wears off.
 
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Nostroke

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The Kid Delicious Book-Running the Table ( i think) is equally well written or close -Anyway, you gotta like it.
 

Pushout

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I have a copy of that book currently... John Grissim looks like such a pimp in his disco outfit!

Short Bus Russ - C player

Hey Russ, good to see ya! If I remember right, the jacket picture was taken in Airplane House, at the time home of the then Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick and Co.
 
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