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STEVE "THE MIZ" MIZERAK POOL LEGEND

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STEVE "THE MIZ" MIZERAK POOL LEGEND

Stephen Mizerak Jr. better known as Steve Mizerak (October 12, 1944, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey – May 29, 2006), was a world champion pool player dominant during the 1970s and early 1980s, especially in the game of 14.1 continuous (straight pool) and nine-ball. Nicknamed "the Miz", he also had a brief turn as professional snooker player. Mizerak, a lefty, began playing pool under the guidance of his father, who for many years had been the New Jersey State Champion. At the age of 13, he won the Perth Amboy City Championship and turned professional. The next year, he was refused entry into that event; they said he was too good.[citation needed] The 1960s saw a downturn for the so-called "world pool tournaments", and as they diminished, the era of the Johnston City Hustlers tournaments were growing. By this point in his life, Mizerak decided it would not be possible to earn a living playing and went on to attend Athens College in Athens, Alabama.

He earned a teaching degree from Athens College and taught school for thirteen years before he became famous outside of pool circles after appearing in a humorous commercial for Miller Lite beer in which he executed three complicated shots (which took more than 100 "takes"), then proclaimed that you can "really work up a thirst, even when you're just showing off", and later had a brief cameo in the 1986 film The Color of Money for which he also devised the "plays" seen onscreen.
Mizerak owned and operated pool halls in the West Palm Beach-Lake Park, Florida area during the 1990s and 2000s. He founded the Senior Tour in 1996 for players 50 years of age and older and often hosted Senior Tour events at his pool hall in Lake Park.
Mizerak suffered a stroke in 2001 which left him with physical challenges that prevented him from playing pool competitively. He was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame in 1980. He was ranked number 6 among the Billiards Digest "50 Greatest Players of the Century"

Career titles
1970 Stardust Open, Las Vegas, Nevada
1970 US Open 14.1 Pocket Billiards Championship (defeated Luther Lassiter in the final)
1971 US Open 14.1 Pocket Billiards Championship (d. Joe Balsis)
1972 US Open 14.1 Pocket Billiards Championship (d. Danny DiLiberto)
1973 US Open 14.1 Pocket Billiards Championship (d. Luther Lassiter)
1974 US Master's, Arlington, Virginia
1976 US Master's, Arlington
1976 World Open, Asbury Park, New Jersey
1977 World Series of Pool, Asbury Park
1978 World Open, New York City
1978 US Open Nine-ball Championship
1978 Trick and Tough Shot Championship, Las Vegas
1980 Breaker Pool 14.1 Challenge Cup, England
1982 PPPA World Pocket Billiard Championship (14.1)
1983 PPPA World Pocket Billiard Championship (14.1)
1988 PBA U.S. Open 14.1
1997 Grand Casino Classic, Biloxi, Mississippi
2017 Inducted into the 14.1 Hall of Fame


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Product description
Short-Sleeve Unisex T-Shirt
This t-shirt is everything you've dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

Size guide

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Length (inches) 2829303132
Width (inches) 1820222426
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Length (cm) 7174767981
Width (cm) 4651566166