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How good was Smokey Bartlett?
How good was Smokey Bartlett?
At one time, "Jessie", that's what we called him when he lived in Jackson, MS 30 something years ago and he could give the 7 ball to everyone there except maybe Reed Pierce but that was when Reed was first coming on the scene. Dressed back then and looked like a hippy; sandals, LONG, LONG, hair, still cut up on his stomach and chest from gang fights as I recall. Smaller size guy and I don't remember him ever losing at anything.
Herbert Young and Bingo in Nashville in the 1960s.
It was at Uptown Billiards in about 1963 (or was it called Downtown billiards? later became Arcade billiards) It was on the ground floor on Deadrick Street and was the venue where the serious local money players took on the serious road men here in Nashville. Since I was only about 14yo I snagged an ID from my older brother and passed for 16 to get in. About 15 4.5x9 Brunswick talbes, Several oldies such as the beautiful 1920s Arcade and medalist models etc and a bunch of Anniversarys. A couple of the 1920 vintage 9 footers tables were reserved for serious players of one pocket, bank and serious $$ 9-ball. These reserved tables were always in top condition. Room was operated by Herbert Young who could play good bank.
Top everyday money player there was Charles Harrison aka “Bingo”. Bingo was a guy who took great care of his family and provided a nice home in an upscale neighborhood.
Bingo would play anybody. In that room he played many road players, among many others Marshall Carpenter, Larry Hubbart etc. Years after Bingo retired from the game he told me about this one match. One day Hubbart brought along a yongster “just to watch”. Larry won his session against Bingo, then Larry suggested that the youngster would play but would need a spot of the 8 in a game of 9 ball. The youngster won his session as well. His name was Mike Siegel. I do not know what year that was. Bingo was a good bank, snooker and 1 pocket player and beat some top players at 9 ball too. Bingo had a memorable stroke, very long slip not unlike the cowboy.
When Mosconi came to that room for an exhibition, in about 1963. Herbert played the matinee and Bingo played the evening show. While they were good allround players and did make a few 14.1 racks, Mosconi ran 100+ and out before his trick shot shows.
As of 2011 both Herbert and Bingo must have passed on a few years back, maybe in the late 1990s or early 2000s
I lived in that area from '87 to '95. I came out of an early retirement in 1990 and played many of the guys you mention: Tony, Lee, Bo, Max, Tom-Tom, Danny W, Danny G and the Boggs brothers. Also Pat O'Neill and an old fella named "Peaches". Played on BCA teams with Jimmy Scrima and Bill Morton ("Jackie Robinson").I cannot place who "Nick" is.
As far as unknown monsters, the Metro D.C. area, which includes Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., does have its fair sure of unknown players.
Baltimore used to be where all the action was. After the bars would shut down, 'round midnight back then, everybody drove to Glen Burnie to Bill and Billie's (now called Jack and Jill's). This was an pool room that was on every road player's map because the action was prevalent, every single day and night. I remember when an unknown Efren Reyes came to Glen Burnie and drew a crowd 'round his table. Folks were talking about Efren months after he left town, how he took all the cheese, they way he played, et cetera.
I can't remember the names of all those Baltimore players, but most of 'em used to play out of Greenie's. There was Jarvis and Tony, as I recall. Of course, nobody can discount Cigar Tom Vanover from Dundalk, who still plays today by appointment.
Up Frederick way, you have Bo Newport, White Max, and the guy from Hagerstown who would play ANYONE on his home table, Punky. Whatever road agent came to town could get action from any of these players.
Rockville, Maryland, which is closer to my neck of the woods, there are lots of unknown monster players who had a whole lot of gamble: Korean Lee, Geese, Tom-Tom, Danny Wolford, Fat Mike, Elevator Larry, Quick Vic, Bobby Hawk, West Virginia Frank, Bus Driver Ronnie, Cab Driver Pete, Mamoo, Danny Green, and Jimmy Scrimma (sp). I think I'd throw in Timmy Crown for the heart and gamble he had. He might not have played as good as the above-referenced, but he definitely knew how to match up and would bet it up as high as the Georgia pine.
In D.C., the most notorious player would have to be Strawberry. There ain't nobody who can take his crown as being the best in D.C., as far as I'm concerned.
Who can forget Virginia's finest, the Boggs brothers (Scotty and Freddy), Jimmy Mac, Billy Stephens, Seattle Sam, Roanoke Red, and I'm sure Black-Balled can chime in here and provide a few more players' names from Virginia.
These guys would step up and play anybody, especially on their home table. There used to be quite a bit of action in the Metropolitan D.C. area, like most other places, I guess. Today, nobody wants to bet a quarter without doing a thorough review and research via the Internet and/or cell phone, and then they don't want to gamble. Rather, they want to steal by offering a game that their opponent has no chance to win at.
That's the state of pool in my area.
Dennis the Menace.....
All kinds of natural talent. It's a shame he don't play.
Where are you at Ok-Tx?
Art Clements. Nick name....Tippy Toes
Jam up pool player but a bubble off plum. He was from Iowa but now lives in Vegas I think. Has anybody ever heard of him?
I've heard that same story but it wasn't a car. But it was cues, jewelry and the lot.
I have heard Tonys name several times in this thread and finally someone said Little Tony Watson. I think he came through OKC. Many years ago when he looked to barely be of age? Very small, shoulders about 14 in. Wide. Looked like he was 14 years old. Seemed to have a foxy lady about 30 years old with him. Unbelievable player! Could this have been the young man I saw?
Saw Donnie Brown a few days ago at a little pool hall around here. Drunk as a skunk and offering almost anyone in the bar the 6 out wild and the breaks for 50 a game. Finally got a pretty good player to bite and wound up beating him for 5 or 6 games. Guy never plays pool anymore and can still offer up that kind of weight, pretty impressive. And always entertaining.
I think he first rolled into town for one of the Southwest Tour 9-ball events we had down in Norman... maybe '90 or '91? I believe NC was where he reportedly called home.I remember that. Fearless!
Walked into every pool hall saying. I'll play anyone $1000...one game of 9ball....or something crazy like that.
I can't remember seeing him play...but everyone knew when he came through. I assumed he had a big stakehorse behind him fueling that young confidence. He was from Kentucky or something.
Boston Shorty was there and he made an insane reverse english bank shot to win one match that brought the house down. After the match everyone wanted to see the shot again and Shorty lined it up and tried 3 times to do it again never getting close. Finally he took the cigar out of his mouth looked at the crowd and said. “Well if I knew it was impossible I never would have tried it.”