Unknown "monster" players

jrhendy

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I think I saw Jeff Melton and he play on a Snooker table in Wichita. Stocky, dirty blonde hair.?

They brought Frank in to Hard Times, Bellflower to play liability snooker on the 6 x 12 in the early 90's.

We were playing $50 a point for around a week or so and he made it to the last session and beat the game for around 6k (his backer told me).

This was a fairly amazing feat since it was a trap table. Denny Searcy and Jose Parica were the only guys I saw play that well the first time on the table.

The backer left town and Frank stayed and went busted playing one pocket. Even lost his snooker cue to Hawaiian Jimmy.
 

Island Drive

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They brought Frank in to Hard Times, Bellflower to play liability snooker on the 6 x 12 in the early 90's.

We were playing $50 a point for around a week or so and he made it to the last session and beat the game for around 6k (his backer told me).

This was a fairly amazing feat since it was a trap table. Denny Searcy and Jose Parica were the only guys I saw play that well the first time on the table.

The backer left town and Frank stayed and went busted playing one pocket. Even lost his snooker cue to Hawaiian Jimmy.

That's ironic, Frank got so mad after Melton beat em, he snapped his shaft and threw the butt in the trash. I retrieved it, put a shaft on it and made $80. The guy had a frikkin' temper that's for sure.
 

scottyjoe145

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Anybody ever heard of Danny Green from Jackson, Tn.? He's a better golfer than he is pool player, but he'll take your money at either.
 

DoubleA

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Anybody ever heard of Danny Green from Jackson, Tn.? He's a better golfer than he is pool player, but he'll take your money at either.
I know Danny, used to bet some good money, and yeah, you don't want to play golf with him.
 

scottyjoe145

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I know Danny, used to bet some good money, and yeah, you don't want to play golf with him.

I ask him one time why he didn't turn pro, he said because there's no way he could make as much money as he currently did! Now thats gambling!
 

3kushn

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Anybody seen Dennis Gieske.
Island Drive knew him but last I heard he hasn't seen him in many years.

Edit Sorry the article is hard to read. Report from Johnson City Oct 1971: Dennis Gieske and Bill Meacham two of the remaining undefeated
players in the 9Ball.

Gieske_MeachamReduced.jpg
 
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kztyler

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I was just thinking about Tommy Golly, Googled him and turned up this thread. Tommy and I used to shoot pool up at the Boy's Club on 6th Street in Allentown. I was around 13, he was maybe a year younger, so that would be around 1973. When we got a bit older, I used to run into him down at the Jordan Lanes. Someone at the Superexpo in 2013 said Tommy was playing cards now. I remember watching Tommy shoot petersen pool once at the BC, he ran several hundred balls without missing. He was around 15 at the time. I heard that he went on to win some kind of college pool championship.
 

ddadams

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I've heard stories about a couple guys that travel together. I'm pretty sure they could beat Shane every now and then, or at least one could.

They got into a bit of trouble recently beating some guy out of big money.

Don't know their real names, but they go by Arizona and New York for nicknames.


Maybe you guys have heard about them. :grin:



Also, I think this Carl guy was and still is a hell of a player. Not sure if he's still going on the road but he could play... *when he wants to*. Don't know his last name but he had better luck than anyone I've ever encountered.
 

StraightPoolIU

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I've heard stories about a couple guys that travel together. I'm pretty sure they could beat Shane every now and then, or at least one could.

They got into a bit of trouble recently beating some guy out of big money.

Don't know their real names, but they go by Arizona and New York for nicknames.


Maybe you guys have heard about them. :grin:



Also, I think this Carl guy was and still is a hell of a player. Not sure if he's still going on the road but he could play... *when he wants to*. Don't know his last name but he had better luck than anyone I've ever encountered.

The only way to beat that Carl guy is to make him play something like American Rotation with call shot call safe.
 

Black-Balled

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I was just thinking about Tommy Golly, Googled him and turned up this thread. Tommy and I used to shoot pool up at the Boy's Club on 6th Street in Allentown. I was around 13, he was maybe a year younger, so that would be around 1973. When we got a bit older, I used to run into him down at the Jordan Lanes. Someone at the Superexpo in 2013 said Tommy was playing cards now. I remember watching Tommy shoot petersen pool once at the BC, he ran several hundred balls without missing. He was around 15 at the time. I heard that he went on to win some kind of college pool championship.

He did win, 1982.
http://www.acui.org/content.aspx?menu_id=14&id=13181
There are also more than a few AZB folks on that there list.

Tom golly came through our dc suburb pool room and put a bit of a heist down, I hear. I wasn't around yet, but they talked about it still, years later. They were more in awe of Gary Nolan though, I think Arlington is still afraid of getting its bush whacked.

Last I heard about Tom, he was working in a casino in Atlantic city. I got no real info though.
 

ninelee99

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Earl Kellum, Walter Glass, Johnny Marrow, Gary Seay, Billy Weir, Erumand Bullard, "The Big Mex " Fat Ralph, Country Calvin, all those guy's could "Gin it", some still do!



David Harcrow
I was at The Brass Tap in Raleigh NC in the late 80's for a big 9 ball tournament held each yr. the week before the US open. Most of the best players in the world were in this tournament . Earl Kellum walks in late on Friday night & the pa announcer hollered out Earl Kellum is in the house, there is going to be bar table action here tonight. I noticed several pro players matched up gambling on the 9 ft. tables. No one wanted to play Earl Kellum on the bar box.
 

Cory in DC

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He did win, 1982.
http://www.acui.org/content.aspx?menu_id=14&id=13181
There are also more than a few AZB folks on that there list.

Tom golly came through our dc suburb pool room and put a bit of a heist down, I hear. I wasn't around yet, but they talked about it still, years later. They were more in awe of Gary Nolan though, I think Arlington is still afraid of getting its bush whacked.

Last I heard about Tom, he was working in a casino in Atlantic city. I got no real info though.

I've known Jersey John for 10+ years (don't see him much anymore, though) and he never mentioned being the 1976 ACUI champion! Thanks for the link.
 

THE MONTREALER

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unknown monster player

Hi i remember back in the Eightys there was a player stating that he was from Verdun Quebec Canada. Nobody new him he walked away with all the Money his name was Ray Martin Us Open Champion

Never forget that
 

str88shooter

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Mike Carella

Died young or everyone would know his name. Was winning big money playing champions about the time he passed.
 

optician

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doug hale

20 yrs ago met doug in pheonix one of the best bar table players bar none
 

Runner

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Semi Unknown

Tommy Sanders name comes to mind. NOt totally unknown but not
very well known for sure.

In todays world many players have no idea who Mark Tadd is/was or
Greg/Craig Stevens.

Spot on... Mark Tadd is a little more known now, but back in the day he was simply untouchable... no one could match up with him... he could play all the games, took down two out of three in the L.A. Open ( one pocket, 9 ball) in what '93?
As strong as Earl at his peak... maybe a ball better.
 
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OLD NO 9

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Originally Posted by Jake Popiano View Post
Don McCoughy from Des Moines Ia,mid 70's world 9ballto champ-look it up-he owned several pool halls in the DesMoines area amd tough Scott Frost the game of onepocket-how strong is that

Only played Don once, in NE on ,9' GC's his wife was there, and he or I had to play Medina for the Hill. Wonderful man to play match play with. He and I talked later and he was talking about the opening of a new pool room. He did take pictures while there he mentioned, to put in his new room. We were playing at Madsens in Lincoln, had to be around 90-91.

Don McCaughy (I think is the correct spelling) often was listed as Don McCoy, but I've seen it spelled a half dozen different ways. Don although not the first name that pops up when great pool players of the late 60's or 70's & 80's are mentioned was well known with the gamblers.

Best story I have of Don is the time he was at a fairly large tournament, with all the top players of the day, and couldn't find a game for a couple grand with anybody. Grady Mathews jumps up and says something like this "I can't believe this man is looking for a game for a couple grand in a room full of champions and nobody will play him. come on Don I'll play ya some 9-ball for five hundred to give you some action."

Grady wouldn't play him one-pocket and got slaughtered playing nine-ball. Seems to me this was in the mid 70's in Rockford, but with fading mind and memories I could be off by a decade or 300 miles either way:D

PS
Whenever I saw Don, "Roadman" Paul Baker was not to far behind.
 

Spimp13

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jake Popiano View Post
Don McCoughy from Des Moines Ia,mid 70's world 9ballto champ-look it up-he owned several pool halls in the DesMoines area amd tough Scott Frost the game of onepocket-how strong is that



Don McCaughy (I think is the correct spelling) often was listed as Don McCoy, but I've seen it spelled a half dozen different ways. Don although not the first name that pops up when great pool players of the late 60's or 70's & 80's are mentioned was well known with the gamblers.

Best story I have of Don is the time he was at a fairly large tournament, with all the top players of the day, and couldn't find a game for a couple grand with anybody. Grady Mathews jumps up and says something like this "I can't believe this man is looking for a game for a couple grand in a room full of champions and nobody will play him. come on Don I'll play ya some 9-ball for five hundred to give you some action."

Grady wouldn't play him one-pocket and got slaughtered playing nine-ball. Seems to me this was in the mid 70's in Rockford, but with fading mind and memories I could be off by a decade or 300 miles either way:D

PS
Whenever I saw Don, "Roadman" Paul Baker was not to far behind.

To help clarify it is Don McCaughey for the spelling :). Don was one of the best in Des Moines many years ago. Paul Baker aka Highway Paul is still around. I occasionally see him out at Prairie Meadows and he comes up to Big Dogs I believe on occasion. He used to play cards with my grandpa many years ago. We got to talking about and he told me a couple of stories. Both Don and Paul are great ambassadors of the game.
 
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