Josie Capelli and her four brothers loved to play pool and did their share of hustling, as depicted in my novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry.
The most notorious figure in the history of pool is, Rudolph Wanderone, aka, Minnesota Fats.
Name and Legend::
Rudolph Luther “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone, Jr., a.k.a. “New York Fats”; “Fatty”, “The Bank Shot Bandit”, “The Fat One”, “Triple Smart”, “Dean of the Green”, “Double Smart Fats”, a.k.a. (??). A hustler of many names, Fats was an excellent pool player, though his skills did not qualify him as among the very best. His claim to fame was as a huckster and showman, earning him appearances on international television and in the Billiards Congress of America’s Pool Hall of Fame for “Meritorious Service”.
A Life of Legal Larceny:
In the late 1950’s, Fats settled down in Dowell, Illinois, near the site of the infamous Johnston City hustlers’ tournaments of the ’60s. Propelled by publicity he generated following the success of the movie, The Hustler, Fats hosted a television show, “Minnesota Fats Hustles the Stars” where he challenged Hollywood figures such as Zsa Zsa Gabor to games of pool (and talked incessantly to distract them if they started to defeat him!).
Fats quit playing in tournaments around that time and hustled pool plus made personal appearances at pool related events. He was inducted into Pool’s Hall of Fame in 1984.
Here is a clip of Jackie Gleason in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TC3kqFUmqQ the movie, The Hustler.
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