Billiards in History

Events in Sport

  • 1722-04-30 Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant
  • 1858-04-12 1st US billiards championship, Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit
  • 1907-07-06 Tom Reece takes 5 weeks to compile the highest recorded billiards break in a match (499,135) in London, his 'cradle' cannon method is soon banned
  • 1922-09-01 NYC law requires all "pool" rooms to change name to "billiards"

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1887-10-11 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), born in born in Cornwall on Hudson, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1895-04-15 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
  • 1899-11-03 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), born in Monmouth, Illinois (d. 1950)
  • 1901-04-15 Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire (d. 1978)
  • 1913-01-19 "Minnesota Fats", American billiards player (d. 1996)
  • 1925-03-23 Cees de Ruyter, European champion billiards player
  • 1937-04-12 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player, born in Lier, Belgium
  • 1959-10-04 Tony Meo, English snooker player (British Open 1989; English Pro C’ship 1986-87), born in London, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1950-03-15 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), dies from acute internal haemorrhage at 50
  • 1959-02-01 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), dies at 71
  • 1974-06-20 Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player, dies at 62
  • 1980-04-12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • 1993-09-16 Willie Mosconi, American world billiards champ, dies of heart attack at 80