I can't comment on Phila. one pocket in 2014 but in the late 70's and 80's the top players in Phila. were good managers at any pool game including one pocket. They knew the importance of always playing the score, understood risk-reward, utilized the stack constantly, and played excellent in endgame situations. You may see a moving fiesta UNTIL it came time to shoot ( these guys were very good straight pool players and could run balls rather easily). The SQUEZZERS could shoot straight.
Oops, it's Roanoke 94.Thanks to all who have contributed commentary on this thread. I have watched (awhile back) an accustats video of Varner playing Fusco. This was before I started to gain a better understanding of the game. I think Mike's comment sums it up best "... let the other guy make the mistake...." I'm beginning to believe that there isn't an actual "Philadelphia Style", just something someone made up when they put on a tourney with mostly Philly players. I recall that in the Varner Fusco match, I think it was legends Roanoke 91, Fusco did a lot of "squeezing" and very carefully maneuvered the cue ball. Does anybody recall this match?