"Busdriver" Ronnie

BackPocket9Ball

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I was at USA Billiards in Laurel, MD this past weekend, and I had the pleasure of meeting and matching up with a one pocket legend from the Washington DC metro area and one of the best black one pocket players from the 60s and 70s, "Bus Driver" Ronnie. He's 68 years old, but his stroke his silky smooth and he still plays great.

His picture can be found under the "Hall of Fame" link on this website, under the link "Record Book". If you scroll down the page, in the left hand margin there is an image of a poster for the "1991 Legends of One Pocket - Philadelphia Style". His picture is in the upper right hand corner of the poster.

does anyone have any stories about him? He told me that he learned the game when he was a kid in the late 50s and early 60s from "Rags" Fitzpatrick. He mentioned Strawberry, Black Nate, and Beanie (along with himself) as being among the strongest one pocket players in the Baltimore-DC area (and the country) 25 - 30 years ago.
 

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BackPocket9Ball said:
I was at USA Billiards in Laurel, MD this past weekend, and I had the pleasure of meeting and matching up with a one pocket legend from the Washington DC metro area and one of the best black one pocket players from the 60s and 70s, "Bus Driver" Ronnie. He's 68 years old, but his stroke his silky smooth and he still plays great.

His picture can be found under the "Hall of Fame" link on this website, under the link "Record Book". If you scroll down the page, in the left hand margin there is an image of a poster for the "1991 Legends of One Pocket - Philadelphia Style". His picture is in the upper right hand corner of the poster.

does anyone have any stories about him? He told me that he learned the game when he was a kid in the late 50s and early 60s from "Rags" Fitzpatrick. He mentioned Strawberry, Black Nate, and Beanie (along with himself) as being among the strongest one pocket players in the Baltimore-DC area (and the country) 25 - 30 years ago.
I played some with Bus Driver at Champion Billiards in Shirlington when he would come out there. He is a one pocket specialist, plays great 9 ball, and straight pool. Loves the action. We practiced some straight pool one day. I ran 24 balls and played what I thought was a safe. Ronnie found a dead ball in the stack, ran 100 balls, then looked over at me and asked if I wanted him to keep going. Nuff' said.

Ronnie played HARD for fun or for the money (he preferred playing for the money). He played me cheap one pocket even for like 10 a game. He played like it was 1000 a game. I won 2 HARD earned games out of a bunch and felt very proud of those wins against this guy, who really is a legend in these parts. Nice guy too with a funny personality. At the time he shot with a really nice Black Boar cue.
 

laces

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I have played a lot of sessions with him and been friends with him for quiet a while. Not only does he know more about the game than just about anyone I have met but he probably knows more about you than you know about you.
 

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He probably knows more about you than you know about you

He probably knows more about you than you know about you

laces said:
I have played a lot of sessions with him and been friends with him for quiet a while. Not only does he know more about the game than just about anyone I have met but he probably knows more about you than you know about you.
Bus Driver Ronnie can play. Does anybody have any contact info for him?
 

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tonygreen said:
Bus Driver Ronnie can play. Does anybody have any contact info for him?
I can get a hold of him if I have to. I've got my sources. :D

Whether betting on him or against him, it's always cool running into Bus Driver Ronnie. The one thing about it, no matter how much time goes by, when I do run into him, we both get a broad smile on our faces. Been through a lot of battles on a field of green. Ronnie and I go a long way back. We're good friends. :)
 
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