Willie Mosconi was a great pocket billiards player, and in fact, his name was practically synonymous with the sport. Willie is considered to be the best player in the history of the game of billiards. Willie Mosconi kept pocket billairds alive during the decline of the popularity of billiards in general after the world war II.
Willie Mosconi held a lock on the world title almost exclusively between 1940 and 1957 by winning the billiards world title 15 times. Mosconi retired in 1957 and with his retirement, the game and it's popularity went on the decline.
In 1919, Willie Mosconi's father arranged a match between Willie and Ralph Greenleaf. Willie Mosconi was only 6 years old at that time, and although he lost, he played very well. This match was considered to be the match that launched Willie Mosconi's career. In fact, Willie's father frequently arranged billiard matches for Willie as a child as a way for Willie to help earn money for the growing family.
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Willie Mosconi - Biography
- Date of Birth: 1913-07-27 00:00:00.000
- Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Country of Residence: United States (USA)
- Willie Mosconis Nickname(s): Mr. Pocket Billiards
- Willie Mosconis Sponsors: Brunswick Balke Collender Corporation
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Willie Mosconis Cue Sports Records and Accomplishments
Willie Mosconi was considered a world leader champion for just about every year that he played billiards professionally. In fact he was considered a child prodigy from the moment he picked up a pool cue. Perhaps Willie Mosconi's most famous record, was his 526 high run on March 19, 1954. His record still stands today in the year 2008, and many feel that it will never be broken. To achieve this world record, Willie ran 526 consecutive balls without a single miss during a straight pool exhibition. There exists a handwritten and notarized affidavit with the signatures of more than 35 eyewitnesses to this world record achievement. The record was set at East High billiard club in Springfield, Ohio. It should be noted that this was done on a 5 and a half inch pocket, 4 by 8 foot Brunswick pool table. Today's tables are larger and the feat would be far more difficult today than it was in the past.
another notable accomplishment of Willie Mosconi's was that he won the World Billiard Championship (BCA) 15 times between 1941 and 1957.
Willie Mosconi - Billiard Player
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- Published: 12/9/2006 4:24:26 PM
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- daniel judd from san diego, ca on 5/11/2007 2:24:28 PM
My name is Daniel Judd. I work for Encore Sports and Entertainment and we are trying to locate Willie Mosconi's Estate. We are looking to get in touch with Mr. Mosconi for a licensing deal and was looking for some help. I came across this website and thought maybe you could help. I was hoping that you had a contact for Mr. Mosconi estate or you could pass this on to him. We would love to send him a licensing proposal and see if he is interested. Any help you could offer on where to track him down would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and help, Daniel Judd, Encore Sports and Entertainment
- Mosconi526 from Nashville on 7/22/2009 8:09:45 PM
Mr. Willie Mosconi, passed away in 1992. He was 80. His wife "Flora Mosconi", still lives in New Jersey somewhere I believe. His Son, Bill "willie" Mosconi and daughter Evelyn are around somewhere but i couldnt tell you. I myself have been trying to simply find some old footage of Willie shooting a game of Straight pool back when he was kickin ass and taking names! lol.. but its almost impossible to find this footage. If anybody has anything please don't hesitate to let me know. Neuro_mason@hotmail.com Thank you. Brad (Mosconi526)