Willie Mosconi

deanoc

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I remember being around thebest playing pool hustlers that ever played
When Mosconi's name came up there was none of that

he was a funsy player talk.Not a word. Respect

He was considered in a league of his own.
After him straight pool wasn't the same

Willie could come to town and play an exhibition and fill a
large room.
He would entertain us and then run 125 balls

Clear the table off with a bunch of easy shots

Never will 9 ball have that attraction to the average guy

I saw him fill a room with people that might not have ever seen a pool room
classy people,doctors,lawyers,flashy dames and demure damsels

they were all smiling and happy

It takes a while to run 125 balls,but I saw people standing around the room watching.No one left early.we clapped,we shook our heads in wonder
all of us

you don't see that any more
 
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measureman

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I remember being around thebest playing pool hustlers that ever played
When Mosconi's name came up there was none of that

he was a funsy player talk.Not a word. Respect

He was considered in a league of his own.
After him straight pool wasn't the same

Willie could come to town and play an exhibition and fill a
large room.
He would entertain us and then run 125 balls

Clear the table off with a bunch of easy shots

Never will 9 ball have that attraction to the average guy

I saw him fill a room with people that might not have ever seen a pool room
classy people,doctors,lawyers,flashy dames and demure damsels

they were all smiling and happy

It takes a while to run 125 balls,but I saw people standing around the room watching.No one left early.we clapped,we shook our heads in wonder
all of us

you don't see that any more

I played Willie an exhibition in 1964 and of course got crushed.
Living in N.J. in the '60s I saw just about all the great 14.1 players.
But seeing Willie for the first time in person made me realize that he truly was a level above all the others in 14.1.
 

Positively Ralf

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He was considered in a league of his own.
After him straight pool wasn't the same

Willie could come to town and play an exhibition and fill a
large room.
He would entertain us and then run 125 balls

Know whats interesting? That willie mosconi world of pocket billiards interview(if you even want to call it that) on youtube, which is more of a how to play video and with an interviewer who obviously has no idea who mosconi was, is somewhat symbolic of what you said. IF you hear mosconi talk in there, he talks like he knows the golden era of straight pool and pocket billiards was over. it's really sad if you watch it.
 

CESSNA10

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At the 1992 US OPEN straight pool tournament in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel Willie was there in am honorary capacity. On the last night I saw him leaving
in the lobby. I asked for his autograph and the guy he was with waved me off and said
no autographs. Willie over ruled him, signed my program, shook hands and spoke with me for a couple of minutes. It was the highlight of the whole tournament for me.
 

xradarx

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Golden Era/Lost Art

Know whats interesting? That willie mosconi world of pocket billiards interview(if you even want to call it that) on youtube, which is more of a how to play video and with an interviewer who obviously has no idea who mosconi was, is somewhat symbolic of what you said. IF you hear mosconi talk in there, he talks like he knows the golden era of straight pool and pocket billiards was over. it's really sad if you watch it.
Willie knew it was over ten years before most of today's players were even born. Hilarious I say.
 
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mikemosconi

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The balls available today have a lot more elasticity than balls from 80, 50, years ago and the cloth used today in high level tournaments also promotes the full stack opening up easier than when guys like Mosconi were in their prime. That is why Mosconi looked for sharper angles on his break shots- to get more balls open. Today's 14.1 game on Diamond pro cut pockets would be very difficult for even pros to run 100 balls without modern pool balls and modern billiard cloth. Everything changes with the times, Oliver Ortmann introduced "modern" 14.1 hi run techniques to America at the 1989 US Open 14.1 in Chicago - I was there- I saw it; and Danny Deliberto commented on one of Oliver's matches on ACCU STATS- "I have no idea what Oliver will do next- I am not familiar with this brand of straight pool". Oliver was banging the balls open from every angle where he saw a break out opportunity - no more pick and peck straight pool strategy employed.
 
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