Pool Legends

WORLD'S FINEST ALLINGERS BILLIARD ACADEMY PHILLADELPHIA RETRO VINTAGE BILLIARD SHIRT DESIGN

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At the height of its popularity, Allinger's had 100-plus tables spread over three floors of a building at 1307 Market St. On one floor, a glass-enclosed area allowed spectators to watch high-profile matches such as the 1954 national championships.
Its interior, said those who saw it, was as plush and elegant as those of exclusive urban men's clubs. The proprietors, eager not to validate prudish Philadelphia's natural distaste for pool, demanded a high level of decorum.
"They ran it like the Union League," Philadelphia nightclub owner Henry Diamond recalled in 1971. "If you spoke above a whisper, you were asked to leave."
An old postcard depicts dozens of evenly spaced tables in an enormous room that is also notable for its hardwood floors, elegant fixtures, and ample sunlight.
All sorts of amenities were offered to Allinger's patrons, many of whom used "rack girls," young women who, for tips, would reset a rack of balls after each game.
Not surprisingly, the top talent in the world was drawn there.
Mosconi and Caras were regulars, as were other legendary pool shooters such as Willie Hoppe, Ralph Greenleaf, and Minnesota Fats.
Asked once about the great pool halls he'd visited, Fats, real name Rudolph Wanderone, said "the most fabulous spot of all was Allinger's."
"I hung around Philly often for years," he noted in an autobiography cowritten with former Inquirer columnist Tom Fox, "because most of the top players were there, and you could get as much action as you wanted."
Pool's popularity probably peaked in the 1950s. In the end, much like golf, it was too difficult for the masses to master. Allinger's declined but hung on until its 1971 closing.
The building eventually was torn down in the mid-1990s as part of the Convention Center project. The site is now the parking lot adjacent to the Marriott.
Sometime after it disappeared, Lawrence Dugan titled one of his poems "Allinger's."

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Product description
Everyone needs a go-to, cozy sweatshirt to curl up in, so go for one that's soft, smooth, and stylish.
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• 50% cotton/50% polyester
• Reduced pilling and softer air-jet spun yarn
• Double-lined hood
• 1x1 athletic rib knit cuffs and waistband with spandex
• Double-needle stitching throughout
• Front pouch pocket

Size guide

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Length (inches) 2627282930313233
Width (inches) 2022242628303234
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Length (cm) 6669717476798184
Width (cm) 5156616671768186

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