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There was a player growing up in our home town in the 60's and 70's that could play even up with any world champion of that era. His name was Eddie "Cannonball" Kienowski. Whenever the proprietor of our local pool hall brought a championship caliber player in for an exhibition they would get Eddie to play him. He played and beat the likes of Arthur "Babe" Cranfield, Joe Balsis, Joey Canton and plenty more. His only problem was that he could run 100 to 200 balls at any time in a pool hall but once he played in a tournament with a suit on and people in the stands he had trouble thinking his way through a rack. He is currently in our local (Rome, New York) Sports Hall of Fame for billiards. He was and always will be a legend in our home town.
I met Cannonball years ago. I have his autograph, as a matter of fact! I also knew a guy who learned a lot from him about playing and matching up.
Eddie walked into the local room in Endicott, NY., Vivona's, I think it was. "The Ball's here, runs hundreds back to back, who wants to play some?" Went all around the room and no takers. Finally a voice pipes up from the counter, "I'll play ya some!" Eddie looks around and it's some guy with a blond crew-cut, t-shirt, cut-off shorts. Steve Mizerak!!
The word I have is, they didn't play, Eddie knew who Steve was and wouldn't tangle with him. One of the few times, from what I hear.