Pool Legends


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Willie Hoppe (William Frederick Hoppe) lived until he was 71 years old when he died in 1959. When describing his greatness in billiards, Willie Hoppe was compared with Ted Williams of baseball by the Chicago Sun Times in in 1992. in 1999, will he was named number one on Billiard Digest's top players of the century list.
Wille Hoppe was truly a legendary player. Yet, his most famous match strangely had more to do with a penknife, than his unequaled wizardry of the game. In 1925, he met Robert Cannefax, the Three-Cushion champion. After several games, Cannefax, who preferred a fast cloth, asked to move the match to a different table. Hoppe, who was leading, said the cloth was just fine, and refused to allow a change. An incensed Cannefax drew a penknife and savagely cut the cloth down the center of the table. Hoppe was immediately awarded the match, and Cannefax was suspended from competition for a year. Ironically, Cannefax never played another match. He toured vaudeville for several years, and then died of meningitis in 1928.
Hoppe won 51 world titles between 1906 and 1952. He was also known for various long-standing high runs, including scoring 2,000 contiguous points in straight rail, 622 points in 18.2 balkline, and a run of 25 points in three-cushion. He once made a tournament average of 1.333, a world record at that time.
Hoppe published his first book, Thirty Years of Billiards, in 1925, and followed this up many years later with the introductory work, Billiards As It Should Be Played, in 1941. Hoppe's peculiar style of stroke was a result of his career as a child prodigy. He barely reached the table and had to stand on a box. In Billiards As It Should Be Played Hoppe emphatically advised players not to use his way of directing the cue.
After winning the world title in 1952, Hoppe retired from title play and became a goodwill ambassador for the sport by conducting a series of exhibition matches. Hoppe may have been the only billiards player to ever put on an exhibition in the White House. He performed before President Wiliam Taft in 1911. He was ranked number 1 on the Billiards Digest 50 Greatest Players of the Century.
Titles and tournament wins
  • World 18.1 Balkline Champion (1906, 1908-1911, 1914-1927)
  • World 18.2 Balkline Champion (1907, 1910-1920, 1923, 1924, 1927)
  • World three-cushion Champion (1936, 1940-1943, 1947-1952)
Source Wikipedia and BilliardsForum


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A sturdy and warm sweatshirt bound to keep you warm in the colder months.
A pre-shrunk, classic fit sweater that's made with air-jet spun yarn for a soft feel.
• 8.0 oz., 50/50 cotton/polyester
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Length (cm) 6669717476
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