Pool Nickname challenge

Grady

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I never knew Country's last name. I remember him as being extra smart in a nice way. I learned from him, as did others.
 

gulfportdoc

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sizl said:
Any idea where Roger is now?
He's in the general Bay Area. John Henderson told me where he's living, but I forgot the exact locale. I believe he left Vacaville. He plays in tournaments in S.F. at Family Billiards, and others. Also Sacramento, and --I'm sure-- the Reno Open. Heard he's still playing strong! Where do you live?

Doc
 

SactownTom

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Roger is a traveling salesman/player/gambler.

He's in Vegas at the moment but his home is in Vacaville CA.
 

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SactownTom said:
Roger is a traveling salesman/player/gambler.

He's in Vegas at the moment but his home is in Vacaville CA.
Tom, is Roger still selling for Buck knives or whoever?

Doc
 

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gulfportdoc said:
Tom, is Roger still selling for Buck knives or whoever?

Doc
Yes, Doc,

He is still playing sharp also...he won yesterday's little 9 ball tournament for $160 (28 players)
 

NH Steve

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The nickname list Nickname Page has been re-sorted, so the nicknames are with the first and last names, in ordinary fashion. You might need to 'refresh' your screen to see the change if you have visited recently.

I was curious if anybody tried to go through the whole 159 names to try to match the nicknames up with the real names? If you did, how'd you do?

The list has been expanded to about 190 or so, but I'm still looking for more names to add, so don't be shy... There are very few current names on the list, so that's a fertile area if you want to try your hand at adding names.

So far it looks like BJ and Diane have chipped in the most :)
 

bjspivey

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names

names

NH Steve said:
The nickname list Nickname Page has been re-sorted, so the nicknames are with the first and last names, in ordinary fashion. You might need to 'refresh' your screen to see the change if you have visited recently.

I was curious if anybody tried to go through the whole 159 names to try to match the nicknames up with the real names? If you did, how'd you do?

The list has been expanded to about 190 or so, but I'm still looking for more names to add, so don't be shy... There are very few current names on the list, so that's a fertile area if you want to try your hand at adding names.

So far it looks like BJ and Diane have chipped in the most :)
one more Amarillo Slim {Thomas Austin Preston Jr.]Beat Fats with a broom stick!!!LOL LOL
 

Tom

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A few additions to an excellent list

A few additions to an excellent list

Sorry I got in on this late. It looks like everyone has done a great job.

You might want to add Andrew St. Jean. He didn't play a huge amount of One Pocket but did play some and was a top player and gambler (He died young: 52 in '54.). Known as The Lowell Kid, The Saint, and occasionally as the Masked Marvel (for Coca-Cola)

When I did the Legends of the Road story on 'Louis Goff, Jr.' his said his name was spelled 'Lewis'.

According to his family, 'Glen Womack' spelled his name 'Glenn.' They also told me he got his poolname from his hometown in eastern Oklahoma, which is spelled Eufaula.

Earl Heisler said he was also known in his early days as The Roadmaster, in reference to a 1941 Buick he owned that blew up in Phoenix on his first big road trip.

Sam Crotzer was also called 'Robert Ryan' because he looked so much like the actor.

As a teenager Danny Jones was called 'Kennesaw', according to Norm Webber who played him a lot at that time in Atlanta.

Jersey Red said that Tommy Halliday was also known as 'Doc'.

This is a list of poolnames and I don't know that he had one, but you might want to add Cleo Vaughn to the list.

And maybe his associate, N.M. 'Junior' Moore, who's still around, now designing games for casinos.

And maybe 'Little Rock' Brown who was also known later as 'Capitol City' Brown. Don't know his first name.

And maybe Earl 'Fagen' Schriver.

'Big Nose' Roberts, first name unknown to me.

Enjoy,
Tom
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bjspivey

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NH Steve said:
The nickname list Nickname Page has been re-sorted, so the nicknames are with the first and last names, in ordinary fashion. You might need to 'refresh' your screen to see the change if you have visited recently.

I was curious if anybody tried to go through the whole 159 names to try to match the nicknames up with the real names? If you did, how'd you do?

The list has been expanded to about 190 or so, but I'm still looking for more names to add, so don't be shy... There are very few current names on the list, so that's a fertile area if you want to try your hand at adding names.

So far it looks like BJ and Diane have chipped in the most :)
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My memory returned(momentarily) lol

My memory returned(momentarily) lol

I saw Al the plumber metioned somewhere but not last name, I finally remembered and think he should be added.
Al (the plumber) Wichenbaugh

Steve, the lizard, Smith in action at Fast Eddys in Capitola right now, traveling with a player named Justin, never saw before but seems pretty good.

I am having flashes. lol
How could we on the left coast forget, Poker Paul Vecherilli (sp) Long time gambler and ex one pocket player.

Also did Bud Halsey from Redwood City room have a nickname?
How about Denny Searcy one of the great players back in the day.
 
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Past SC legends

Past SC legends

Anyone out there remember James "Fountain Inn Red" Willis. Red pasted away in 2003. He was a legend in South Carolina for many years and matched up with most players that came thru Greenville SC. Another local player who played terrific 1P was Eddie "The Hat" Burton. Eddie was raised in Anderson SC. Eddie pasted away in 2002 while residing in eastern NC. Eddie picked up 1P in San Francisco during the late 60`s. I saw him play and defeat NY Blackie in Greenville, SC in 1975. Eddie matched up in high stakes games with many great players including Allen Hopkins, Jack Cooney and Mike Segal. Anyone who saw these guys play please post a reply.

How about James "Atlanta Danny" Greer, "Sleepy Bob" never knew his real name, Mike "Babyface" Gulyassy and Gene "The Machine" Browning
 
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Eddie Burton & Fountain Inn Red

Eddie Burton & Fountain Inn Red

FoxyCoxy said:
Anyone out there remember James "Fountain Inn Red" Willis. Red pasted away in 2003. He was a legend in South Carolina for many years and matched up with most players that came thru Greenville SC. Another local player who played terrific 1P was Eddie "The Hat" Burton. Eddie was raised in Anderson SC. Eddie pasted away in 2002 while residing in eastern NC. Eddie picked up 1P in San Francisco during the late 60`s. I saw him play and defeat NY Blackie in Greenville, SC in 1975. Eddie matched up in high stakes games with many great players including Allen Hopkins, Jack Cooney and Mike Segal. Anyone who saw these guys play please post a reply.

How about James "Atlanta Danny" Greer, "Sleepy Bob" never knew his real name, Mike "Babyface" Gulyassy and Gene "The Machine" Browning
Very sorry to hear of Eddie Burton passing. I hope it was peaceful. I can still remember him (and that little hat) from the Johnston City Tournaments. He played very well BUT he hustled better. He gave me a map of the Carolina's with every town and player one year at Johnston City. About 2 weeks after, I left St. Louis and was headed down there. I stopped in Paducah to play a match set up by another fellow I had met in Johnston City, Cecil Hall. After the score & split, I decided to head west instead with this Cecil guy and wasn't able to get to the Carolina's for over 6 months. But when I did, it was like following the dots. I knew who to play, how to play & who NOT to play. I stayed there for over 4 months and came back with over $22K profit after expenses. Eddie had put his name, address & phone # on the back of the map so I just sent a Western-Union Money gram to him for $2,200 (the agreed on cut). He called a few days later and said - I can't believe this - I have been selling that map for $50 & $100 and never even thought to just take a cut instead - until that was all you would give me.
I also saw & played Fountain Inn Red. He was excellent on a bar box and I had no chance. On a 4.5 X 9 though, it was a different matter and outcome. One of the best bar table matches I have ever seen was between Fountain Inn Red & Denny Searcy. They played for over 20 hours before Denny got the cheese.

TY & GL
 

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"The Hat"

"The Hat"

Eddie Burton was called the Hat because he always wore a cap to cover his bald head. I was around him for years, mainly in Florida, and I very seldom got to see his bald head. It was probably 2 yrs before I even knew he was bald. We hung out and hustled together and would still play against each other playing 1pocket. The Hat was the greatest player in the world that jumped up on every shot. His timing was perfect, and somehow he could do that and never miss a ball. Sometimes he would even ring the light with the cue stick. Naturally his nerve condition was caused by chemical additives. He was a good friend, a good player and a fast gambler. I miss him.
the Beard
 

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the hat on tape

the hat on tape

Yeah, The Hat and I played on accu-stats in So. Carolina. The tables were some off breed made in somebody's garage. I never played in a tournament where the tables rolled off worse than these. I wanted to pour gasoline on them and throw a match. (of course I lost to the Hat)
the Beard
 

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I rememeber

I rememeber

Yeah Freddie I remember how bad the tables were. I recently tried to purchase the accu-stats tape of the match but it is no longer offered in the accu-stats catalog. Shame, it would have been nice to have it to remember the Hat.
 

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I actually borrowed that Accu-stat tape from Eddie and watched it. Remember Buddy Hall and Cardona did the commentary and Buddy stated that that was the very first 1pocket match that Accu-Stats taped. Watching Eddie and The Beard play with those ties they had them wearing. What a riot. Burton actually died in the fall of 1999 while playing pool in N.C. He was winning too. Hey Foxy, I know you real well. Did you know That Bob King also died the other day in the Palace over in Greenville.. I think he was playing pool too. He was Fountain Inn Reds buddy, you know. Email me, Foxy when you have time. I got a deal for you. I tried to mail you but it said you were not wanting email. Sharkies
 

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Jimmy

Jimmy

Burton died in 1999, time flies doesn`t it! Bob King was not playing when he had the heart attack. Arguing I was told. I assume you are from the old Sharkie`s crew Jimmy. I would be interested in a deal on old tapes if that is what you have in mind.
 
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