I do not know if he has been mentioned or not, but around my area, Sam Kolesnik comes to mind. Most know him as Big Sam. He certainly knows his way around a table.
Vaughn was my dad. I commented on this thread along time ago and forgot about it and saw the thread tonight, went to the last page and found this post. Great story, thanks for telling it, my dad passed away in 2002 so it's always good to hear a story about him. If I remember correctly that was the tournament when my dad ran 9 racks on somebody. I was in HS then and into my own stuff so I didn't really understand how good he was, now that I play I realize how well he really played. I've within the last year dedicated myself to pool in his honor and I can only hope that I could be talked about in the same breath with my dad some day. If only I was into pool then like I am now maybe I'd be farther along but I'm enjoying the journey and enjoying the stories my dad left behind. Thanks again for the story.
JoeyA said:Very nice first post Nate.
WELCOME to the main forum!
Saw Big Sam break out two table lights in the same tourny with his cueball during the break. He was pissed about something, and did it on purpose(I think). I know he could do it on cue if he wanted. Owner said he would bar him if it happened again.I do not know if he has been mentioned or not, but around my area, Sam Kolesnik comes to mind. Most know him as Big Sam. He certainly knows his way around a table.
My dad would hold a table at the navy yard in the late '60s for as long as he wanted. He said his cue had an automatic switch. He's been a "monster" with amazing speed and accuracy all my life. Even now at 65 you won't get a shot if he doesn't want you to. I figure I'm a good enough player, but he's forgot more than I know.Players who are largely "unknown" but possess close to champion speed? Would love to hear some stories. I will throw one name out there as an example(Vernon Elliot). He doesn't play anymore, but when he did, he was a "monster". Some of you know him and his reputation. would like to hear about him and any others that you know. Not trying to knock any action, I'm talking mainly about the "old timers".
Mark Maryo from Cleveland Ohio put the beat down on many a top-name player in the 80s and early 90s. Was a great gambler and had heart to boot.
If you had seen Vernon play in his prime, you would know that he could give Frankstein's monster the 6 out.
Has anyone mentioned Danny Altimore from around pittsburgh pa in about late eighty's early ninety's he seemed to play real well. Little Mikey or pittsburgh Mike is alive and well in uniontown pa he has a few fed-ex trucks but still plays in KJ's in uniontown pa east and south of pittsburgh. Bushwacker aka Gary Nolan closed his room last year and is actually hitting balls again. How would they stack up on the list......I think Bushwacker was there once. Also Danny Altimore.
How about Mike "geese" Gerace, Tom "cigar Tom" vanover, Gary "Bushwacker" Nolan, Jerry Slivka, Scotty Boggs, Danny Green, Punky Jones
Though Gerry's 1p game is top-shelf.There are a couple of monsters on your list; however, Jerry Slivka and Danny Green are more like very good shortstops.
They will beat most of the local competition but would have a problem in larger tournaments with mostly pros.
I understand they are very strong players, just not what I would call monsters.
Though Gerry's 1p game is top-shelf.
I have read a few post and havent seen his name ,it was a brief encounter .
little guy Mike davino ex boxer I think he has been down a rough road once or twice. always treaded me nice gave me a few lessons.
from the southeast said he was close friend of earl strickland and jimmy reid. kentucky florida I think . he trashed most the players in reno
boise too. I havent seen or heard from him in 5 or 6 years.