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Reminiscing About Past Pool Tournaments

Reminiscing About Past Pool Tournaments

I was just going through some boxes as I am moving and found a bunch of memorabilia of past pool tournaments and gambling sessions that I had attended.

The funny thing is even though I have not looked at these things in years, I found myself going back in time.

I picked up a piece of chalk and that looked old and used up and knew right away what match it came from. I could see this great match up between two local players, who, when I started playing helped me out a lot.

Then I pick up a flyer for the Akron Open. I believe it was the last year the tournament was ever held, but the date is messed up and I can't read it as it got wet some time ago. I can still see all the pro players that I had the chance to meet and watch play. This was my first big time tournament. I have been hooked every since.

I was just wondering how many others keep things as reminders of a great match up or tournament.

Reminiscing About Past Pool Tournaments

Replies & Comments

  1. shark3149A-Train on 3/23/2007 8:57:17 PM

    I don't have anything tangible. Just good stories that still come up with me and my buddies. Some of the best times I've ever had were around a pool table.

    Some of the worst times I've ever had were around a pool table too.

  2. shark3149shark3149 on 3/24/2007 12:40:49 AM

    I have to say I have had good and bad times around a pool table as well.

    I just thought or hoped I wasn't the only one to keep things that reminded me of a certain match.

  3. shark3149Bishop on 3/24/2007 9:58:36 AM

    I still have the same Willard on my key chain that I had when I was in high school. I'm 30 now and everytime I look at it I'm reminded about when I really truly fell in love with the game as a 16-17 year old.

  4. shark3149shark3149 on 3/26/2007 10:48:23 AM

    That's great!

    I still have my first cue and case. I have not played with it in about ten years, so I am going to have to break it out.

    I still remember the first time I walked in to a pool hall. I was about five years old with my dad. I heard the sound of some one breaking and I just had to see what all that noise was. I have been hooked ever since.

    My dad played pretty well and went to the pool hall every Monday and Thursday. He stated taking me with him so we could spend more time together. I wanted to play so bad but he only let me watch at first. When he would stop watching me for a second I would run over and start hitting the balls. Then one day he says to make three balls in a row and said that he would teach me how to play as long as I didn't tell mom.

    Well little did I know 25 years latter I would still be playing and still love the game that much.

  5. shark3149Bishop on 3/26/2007 10:51:06 AM

    I wish I still had my first cue. It was an old two piece house cue. I have no idea who made it or what happened to it.

    One of my favorite cues I've ever owned was a Dale Perry cocobolo wood plain jane cue that I bought when I was 18 I think. I fell on hard times and had to sell it. Break that old cue out and take some pics for us!

  6. shark3149Maniac on 3/26/2007 2:18:08 PM

    I haven't been competing for very long. I'm only in my third APA session. But, I got my first break-and-run patch last week along with a rackless patch all in the same match.

    I'll probably, sometime down the road, remember that night whenever I see this patch. The weird thing about the break-and-run was that I was so in the "zone" that I didn't even realize I had broke-and-run until I overheard one of my teammates say I had done it shortly after I had pocketed the last ball of the match.

  7. shark3149CaptainHook on 3/26/2007 2:29:20 PM

    I decided to take my old Championship cue with me today, and as I was walking to my car with it this morning, it dawned on me. I have been carrying around this cue since 1974.

    I learned how to play with it, and have many great memories attached to it.

    Then I realized I needed to stop and fill up the car with gas, and that pretty much ruined all the good thoughts in my pointy little head.

  8. shark3149shark3149 on 3/26/2007 2:29:50 PM

    I am not very good at taking pic of cues but I'll see what I can do.

    The cue is an old Scruggs s/p cue so it is not pretty. I am glad I kept that cue though because it is now worth some money. I don't think I would ever sell it. I want't to pass it on to my son if I ever have one.

    @maniac - I bet you will remember that night for ever. You always seem to remember your first break and run in a match. I think it took me four or five years to get one in a match, but I could do it in practice all the time. Now I don't try to run out all the time but it seems to happen a lot more now a days. I think I was always trying too hard and now I just take my time and if I run out cool but I would rather play a good safety and get ball in hand.

  9. shark3149ccn7 on 4/24/2007 12:21:56 AM

    Being older than most of you guys does have some benefits.

    In 1962 or close to it my Dad took me to see Willie Mosconi put on an exhibition. In the afternoon session he ran 150 and quit, and in the evening session he went to 250 and quit.

    My dad tells me stories about Ralf Greenleaf playing. My Dad was a real kelly pool player (better know today as Pea Pool).

    So I I don't have things, just memories. But I still have my Dad, he's 87 and still plays every now and then. It was him and my grandfather that taught me the game and now I'm passing it on to my 26 year old son and to my grandsons. Its in the blood.

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Reminiscing About Past Pool Tournaments

  • Title: Reminiscing About Past Pool Tournaments
  • Author: (Nate Ludy)
  • Published: 3/23/2007 7:31:44 PM