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The 22 Best Sports Illustrated Pool Articles, Including the Greatest Article of All-Time, “A Hustler’s Holiday in the Lion’s Den.” by Tom Fox
In chronological order from 1954 to 1978

Vintage videos from YouTube off Sports Illustrated
Ralph Greenleaf/Andrew Ponzi match and Greenleaf trick shots 9:17 min
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqMUqyH1gY4

Frank Taberski plays chinese billiards 1:06 min
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rnx4DkO8pk

Mosconi/ Caras/ Ponzi video 1:23 min
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGNXqtr4GTs

Vintage Willie Hoppe/Irving Crane video 7:37 min
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJnrQBLTi_k

The 22 Best Sports Illustrated Pool Articles
In chronological order from 1954 to 1978

Nov 15, 1954 Willie HoppeLittle Willie Hoppe played matches crawling around on billiard
tables, confounding and infuriating his grown-up adversaries

Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1128672/index.htm

April 4, 1955 Vest-pocket Master Of Six-pocket BilliardsWillie Mosconi, world’s best pool player, goes after his 12th title this month and he is understandably worried. He is so good he has run out of competition.
Robt Coughlin
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1129513/index.htm
Feb 16, 1959 The End of a 60 Year Reign
The Death of Willie Hoppe
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1070195/index.htm

March 20, 1961 The Pool Hustlers
by Jack Olson
http://Vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1072373/index.htm

Dec,04 1961 Hustler’s Holiday In The Lion’s DenNew York Fats, self-proclaimed greatest pool hustler of them all, battles his peers with cue and quips and action on the side. Tom Fox
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1073280/index.htm

Feb 25, 1963 Battle Of The Hottest Sticks The hustlers sidle into Johnston City, Ill. for the World’s Pocket Billiards Tournament, and the action is hot and heavy and fast.
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1074551/index.htm

Mar 23, 1964 You Don’t Beat Wimpy At The Game He Loves
Bible-reading Luther Lassiter, who in time past has overcome ulcers, the “swolls” and pool-shooting sinners who are not above duping their foes, makes a memorable last-gasp comeback to defend his world title. Tom Fox
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1075775/index.htm

Jan 9, 1967 Wimpy was a Sleeping Beauty
Luther (Wimpy) Lassiter, champion of all pool, began by allowing as how he was feeling poorly and finished more or less fast asleep, but Cicero Murphy, the challenger, turned out to be the man caught napping. Bob Ottum
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1079430/index.htm

July 10, 1967 US Open St Louis, Grandma Shot the Lights Out
Jimmy Caras wins. Ted O leary
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1080050/index.htm

August 5, 1968 What Can A Girl Give A Hustler Who Has Everything? Answer: A Jeweled Ginacue
Donald Ploski, Sean Holland
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1081471/index.htm

Oct 14,1968 Victimized By ‘a Kid’s Game’To the foreign stars, veterans of snooker and billiards, the straight pool at New York’s international tournament was a costly surprise. Pat Putnam
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1081692/index.htm

Oct 13,1969 The Frail Gray Man With The Strong Pool Cue
He is 55 years old, his build is slight, his taste in clothes is that of the conservative businessman he is—but Irving Crane happens also to be one of the greatest pool players of all time. Kim Chapin
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1082924/index.htm

Feb 8, 1971 Wimpy Tackles An Ex-Tiger at Jack and JillsAnd finds the claws still sharp as Champagne Eddie Kelly disappoints a host of country folks by beating their perennial hero, Luther Lassiter. James Morgan
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1084567/index.htm

Aug 28, 1972 US Open Chicago, The Kid Hustles to a Title
Pool prodigy Jean Balukas, 13, breezed through the best women players to take the crown from 57-year-old Dorothy Wise. Barry McDermott
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1086453/index.htm

Mar 4, 1974 Big Fish In A Pool That’s Too SmallAs a two-time U.S. Open champion at 14, Jean Balukas seemed to have run out of competition, but in the first world tournament for women she was lured into lapses and a Japanese made an unexpected splash. Richard W. Johns
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1088318/index.htm

Dec 16, 1974 Coolest Hand With A Cue
Into the fast company at the hustler’s tournament came Buddy Hall from Shreveport and soon the question was, would he ever lose? Walter Tevis
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1089351/index.htm

Nov 10, 1975 Easy Nine The Hard WayBurlington, IA 9 Ball Tourn. He was up against the hotshots, but Jimmy Rempe outcooled them. Pat Putnam
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1090462/index.htm
Aug 30, 1976 Money Out of their own Pockets
Unkown Larry Lisciotti chalked up a PPPA tourney funded by his opponents. Mike DelNagro
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1091479/index.htm

June 27, 1977 A Hustler Meets An Artist
The $10,000 Challenge of Champions matched up two opposite U.S. titleholders, the ultimate gamesman Larry Lisciotti against organization man Tom Jennings. Mike DelNagro
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1092545/index.htm

Aug 8, 1977 Easy Times The Hard Way
After long years on the hustle, pool shooter Danny Di Liberto realizes that he bought a dream. He has also discovered—too late—that the price was exorbitant. Barry McDermott
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1092683/1/index.htm

Aug 28, 1978 Unruffled At The BiltmoreUnder a news blackout, Ray Martin got a second chance and won the world pocket billiards title in the small hours. Michael DelNagro
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1094012/index.htm

Oct 9, 1978 A Thing of Beauty
The graceful, solid dignity of an English Billiards table bespeaks the charm of a game that in its varied forms—billiards, snooker or just plain pool—has fascinated its devoted followers since the invention of the cue tip. Robert Byrne
Http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1094170/index.htm