Pool Legends

The Pearl - Snapback Hat

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Earl "The Pearl" Strickland is quite simply one of the greatest American pool players of all time, and one of the best players worldwide to have ever picked up a cue stick. His intensity on the table is often matched, if not overshadowed by, regular emotional outbursts off the table. He is considered one of pool’s most dominant players ever, and its most inscrutable personality.
The self-taught Strickland’s storied career is the stuff of legend. At the urging of his father, he first picked up a cue at the age of eight in his hometown of Roseboro, North Carolina. When he was 14 years old his father took a job in Houston, Texas and the young Strickland followed him there. The teenager had no interest in school, and he instead hit the road with his buddies, traveling the country playing money games.
Strickland ended up back in Texas where he worked for a year running a traveling carnival. He found his way back to pool, toured the nation and became a legendary money game player.
In 1982, at the age of 21, Strickland made his first mark on the pro tournament scene, finishing 9th amongst a stacked field at the $200,000 Caesars Tahoe Classic. With his brash and vibrant personality, along with his fast play and deadly stroke, Strickland became the talk of the tournament.
From 1984 through ’88, Strickland won 15 pro tour titles, including his first two U.S. Open Championships and the 1988 Brunswick World Open. Strickland also earned three Billiards Digest Player of the Year honors (1985, ’87 and ’88), and won more than $225,000 in prize money.
From 1990-’95, Strickland continued his dominance of 9-ball, tallying 11 more titles, including another U.S. Open title, back-to-back WPA World 9-Ball crowns (’90, ’91) and the PBT World 9-Ball title in 1994.
In 2002, Strickland won his record third WPA World 9-ball Championship, defeating the Philippines Francisco Bustamante in Cardiff, Wales. To this day, no other player has ever won more than two WPA World 9-ball Championships.
Strickland has won over 50 pro titles, including an astonishing five U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. He is also a 14-time Mosconi Cup member of Team USA.
Beyond his stellar appearances in the Mosconi Cup, Earl has starred in historic games and challenges with lots of money on the table.
1996 The Color of Money, $ 100,000 vs. Efren Reyes 3 days, 9 Ball to 120 won, the winner took the 100,000.
Click the link below to watch the match between Earl Strickland and Efren Reyes from 1996 Color of money.
https://youtu.be/7GgEfN4HsEs
Milion Dollar Challenge, $ 1,000,000 for 11 consecutive games in 9 Ball.
Legend has it that Earl got the challenge but had trouble getting a million. There is no video that shows the 11 consecutive series.
It is clear that his attitude is not at all exemplary, but geniuses tend to be that way. The day that Earl stops playing, stop complaining, stop scandals, we'll miss it.


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Product description
This hat is structured with a classic fit, flat brim, and full buckram. The adjustable snap closure makes it a comfortable, one-size-fits-most hat.
• 80% acrylic/20% wool (green camo is 60% cotton/40% polyester)
• Structured, 6-panel, high-profile
• Plastic snap closure
• Green under visor - Head circumference: 21 ⅝” - 23 ⅝”

Estimated shipping delivery times:
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Canada: 5-10 business days
World: 10-20 business days
Within Europe 5-10 business days
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