I'm not quite sure if I can wrap my head around what you're talking about with Mosconi and DiLiberto. Do you mean that they would purposefully park the cueball in the stack with the intention of playing offensively from there, or is there something I'm not quite understanding?
P.S. Straight pool threads are hands down the best.
The real deal about straight pool is DON'T MISS A SHOT. Take easy position exactly 1.125 balls away. If you can do a stun shot, you can do a stun shot 1.1.5 ball widths away, with a tad of L, R. or LR, LL, HL, or HR. And I only mean a tad. Firm centerish shot, a hair of High/Low/Right/Lleft for position 6" away or less. Snooker players are gods here. The point is to know exactly where/what angle caroming on to the next balls, no matter how close. Short position is king. If you KNOW where the cue ball lands due to speed/angles/kisses, it ain't no biggie but way different from modern power 9-ball.
The three best pocket pool games I know in America are rotation, 14-1, and one pocket. Swear to god and Mohammed, praise be both there names.