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Pool & Billiards Literature
Several years ago, when the internet was still new, I got the bright idea of making a site that was dedicated solely to pool and billiards literature. I surveyed all the available online material, chose what I considered the best examples, and built a webpage that featured them. The resulting site, Ace's Cool Pool Lit & Links, became one of the most frequently visited personal pool pages on the web. Related pages, like my pool and billiards in fine art page, my collection of photos of celebrities shooting pool, and my cue and billiards supply pages all enjoyed first page rankings on the major search engines. Visitors poured in.
In fact, so many visitors poured in that my ISP repeatedly threatened to close down my site because my traffic was exceeding their limit. So, I had no choice but to move my site to a new location, www.aceswebworld.com, and to sign up with a new web host. Now, traffic is no longer an issue. The literature presented here in an all new layout has been updated, dead links removed. Hope you enjoy your visit.
Mark Twain Anecdote
While attending a billiard tourney on the evening of April 24, 1906, Mr. Twain was called on to speak. He told this story:
THE game of billiards has destroyed my naturally sweet disposition. Once, when I was an underpaid reporter in Virginia City, whenever I wished to play billiards I went out to look for an easy mark. One day a stranger came to town and opened a billiard parlor. I looked him over casually. When he proposed a game, I answered, "All right."
"Just knock the balls around a little so that I can get your gait," he said; and when I had done so, he remarked: "I will be perfectly fair with you. I'll play you left-handed." I felt hurt, for he was cross-eyed, freckled, and had red hair, and I determined to teach him a lesson. He won first shot, ran out, took my half-dollar, and all I got was the opportunity to chalk my cue.
"If you can play like that with your left hand," I said, "I'd like to see you play with your right."
"I can't," he said. "I'm left-handed."
Pool Literature on the Web
Fat Man of Pool by Jim Murray
AKA: Nicknames, Monikers & Also Known As - An Index of Pool Player Nicknames, Past and Present
Willie Mosconi - Obit. - Obituary Published September 18, 1993, New York Times
A Hustler Teaches the Boys A Lesson by Professor Smith
Fast Mikie Retires His Willie by Michael McCafferty
Pool Tales by Pat Stokes and Jim Meador
Six-Rail Artistry: Antique Tables Transform Billiards and Pool Games Worthy of the Grandest Parlor by Joe Harkins
THE POOL PLAYERS.
SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.
We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We
© 1960 by Gwendolyn Brooks.
And One Golf Story
Hacker's Slow Play Ruin's Golf Game by Ace Toscano
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