I see a couple of my buddies from the NW made the list. Rich Geiler and Bill Cress. No Dan Louie? He certainly wasn't a road player, but neither was RIchie though, right?
Can you tell me a story in regards to anything you remember about Bill Cress and Rich Geiler?
Also a guy that hung around a lot with Bill and even went on the road I think with Cole, was Mike Zimmerman. You ever have any run ins with him? Or know him? he was a helluva player too.
Kudo's to you offering up a "been beaten by" list. Bill S's is only what.. 4 long?
I know all the guys in your post but only lost money to four. The rest I haven't played. They all made the pilgrimage to Sacramento when Wayne Iseri owned what is now Hardtimes due to his willingness to entertain anyone with cash. Zimmerman gave me the spot I asked for, without comment, then beat me so fast he sacred me for life. Bill Cress gave me action too with predictable results but also tought me a lot about pool. A great teacher. The Hartimes owners are great but the flow of road agents has dried up since Wayne left.
Bill spent the early years around Chicago and Wisconsin. Nice guy, lot of fun, but had problems with substances. Rich Geiler I used to run into at different tournaments. Dan Louie and I are pals, but we never played. He only played 9 ball back then. And he only played for $10 a game, and couldnt nobody hardly beat him.
Mike Zimmerman, I have heard the name, but I am sure we never played and I cant place him.
It doesn't seem to come and go for me.
I really don't feel any different than I did at 20.
Zimmerman grew up with Cole Dickson and they were on the road together as teenagers. Very good mechanics and looked good at the table, but didn't have Cole's killer instinct. He was one of the members of the corporation in Seattle that Harry played for years.
I played him 9 ball and one pocket at the Palace in San Francisco in the 90's with Bill Cress in attendance. He didn't like either game.
I plan on going to the derby tournament.
I think I should be in stroke by then. We can play there.
You are lucky then, but you have to mix it up with someone firing back at you to see how you stand up.
If you still play like when you were 20, I would be an underdog because you were a better player than I was, but I have been in quite a bit of action the last three years and think that might be an equalizer.
I would play some at The Derby if you would like to.
I am thinking about coming to SF in November. Perhaps we can play then.
Dick is right. I am playing at least 6 hours a day and that will increase to 8 hours or more soon. I want to play better than I did when I was younger.
My pool playing career was cut short just as I was getting to be a really good player by my going to work. I don't need to work ever again so I can devote full time to playing pool.
I am already playing well. Running balls well but until I get where I never miss a ball I will not feel I am in dead stroke. It's just the way I look at it.
This new table is giving me fits. I have yet to run 100 balls but I am finally getting close. On the plus side if a ball is not buried in the pocket you can remove it. It banks a little different than a gold crown but is pretty close. The main thing is the 4" pockets. If you don't give every shot 100% you will hang a ball. Makes you concentrate all the time.
I played Poochie once, I had him 4 to 3 in a race to nine and the best shot I got after that was a 3 rail kick with nowhere for the ball to go. I had to shoot into the head rail which I was almost frozen on and go off the side rail and end rail through traffic, to hit the one ball in a cluster of balls, I did hit it, and he said good shot. Which was all he said to me in my whole life. The next day he had Nick Varner 4 to nothing and Nick put the clamps on and Harry lost 9 to 7 I think.Freddie, I thought Harry the Horse was Harry Aproff of Detroit sometimes called Horse Face Harry. Also, don't tell me you beat Harry Sexton at 9 ball.