AzB Silver Member
The best player ever, to actually hate the game of pool, and the people who played it?
Any thoughts on that?
Any thoughts on that?
I base my statement on the fact that Willie quit pool at the age of 10, and expressed the fact he didn't care if he ever played again. At 18, he was pretty much forced back into pool to bring in money for his family through hustling, which he despised. In his biography, Stanley Cohen wrote that he played with intensity, just the other side of despair. Willie himself, said that he learned to hate everyone he ever played against.
It almost sounds like he found absolutely no joy in the game. Good point on the one pocket. He referred to that as a hustler's "gimmick" game.
He made a lot of money at 14.1, but I have never found a reference to his love of the game.
This is not to bad mouth Mosconi but beyond his obvious talent there was not much there to admire about the man. Ask Danny DiLiberto about Mosconi. When Mosconi was working for Ebonite they wanted to give a job to Danny as their touring pro. The company was headquartered in Hialeah where Danny lived. Mosconi put the kibosh on the deal keeping Danny from getting the job. Mosconi I doubt ever did a thing for another player in his life.
Yeah, I see what you mean. He didn't beat his wife, smoke dope, stab hookers, or push lil old ladies down to steal their social security checks. What a freakin scumbag !!!
He most likely didn't like the limelight and maybe only played because it was a means to an end. I know a few players who don't even like pool but only did it because there were good and they could make money at it. Once they stopped hustling they never played pool again.
He seemed confused and finally said, " I think I am getting a little punchy, I am going play some 14.1 for you". He gave a brief explanation of the game, set up a break shot and proceeded to run the most beautiful 42 balls you ever saw leaving a perfect break shot before breaking down his cue. Amazing how his skills, even though diminished, his 14.1 game never let him down.
I saw Mosconi shoot an exhibition at a Vet's Hospital while he was under contract with Brunswick. He was a class act the whole time. Great guy. Just wanted people to see what a wonderful game pool can be when played correctly. I understand that his contract was a 100 ball run during the show or it was for free. How many players today can do that?? I also understand that Mosconi was under contract with Brunswick with a "no gambling" clause
Therefore he couldn't play for money. If he did gamble, I'll bet the line was pretty short to take him on. Perhaps Jay can comment on this...
Let's recall just a few of his accomplishments, high run of 526 in exhibition play, set in Springfield, Ill., in 1954;