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AKA: Nicknames, Monikers & Also Known As

An Index of Pool Player Nicknames, Past and Present

© 2005-2009 Steve Booth

Nicknames have been a time-honored tradition at every level of pool, from local poolroom chumps all the way to world champions. But in the world of the road players -- the  pool hustlers -- nicknames actually serve a genuine purpose: since they are often descriptive, or at least ‘catchy’, they are a big help in remembering and identifying competitors! And knowing the competition has always been a huge part of surviving on the road.

Traditionally, nicknames were earned in the trenches – and perhaps the most notorious for coming up with nicknames that stuck was none other than Minnesota Fats. The story is told that in the early 60’s, Danny Jones was so afraid of what Fats might come up with for a nickname for him, that he named himself before Fats could, Handsome Danny! Danny knew that the traditional combat-earned nicknames where not always flattering, by any means.

 

“Perhaps the most striking aspect of the pool and billiard hustler’s argot is its development and use of nicknames. Well over half of all full-time hustlers have nicknames which they use regularly. My impression is that the percentage of them who have nicknames is not only higher than among either professionals or hustlers in other sports, but is higher than in any other adult group in America…”

Hustlers, Beats and Others, by Ned Polsky

Published in 1967


Photo courtesy Ray Desell

 

Fats’ name is an interesting story in its own right. He was born Rudolf Wanderone, but as a talented and well-traveled hustler during the 30’s and 40’s he became Fats, or New York Fats, or Double Smart Fats, or even Triple Smart Fats. However, once Walter Tevis’s book and movie The Hustler came out, Fatty recognized a bit of himself in Tevis’s character, Minnesota Fats, and he recognized a golden opportunity. He actually sued -- and may even have won a small settlement – but in any case he adopted the name Minnesota Fats, and the rest, as they say, is history.

If you think pool nicknames are a thing of the past, just listen to the introductions at today’s tournaments! Of course some of the recent efforts seem just a little contrived, like maybe a PR professional dreamt them up instead of a fellow poolroom denizen. The best nicknames have always been catchy enough to stick, and it will be interesting to see if some of these new names have what it takes to last.


However, there is one excellent new medium for spreading the word that old-time road players never dreamed of, and that is the World Wide Web. In fact, pool and billiard message boards on the internet offer an interesting modern opportunity to give yourself a nickname, and as these forums gain members, you’re going to see lots more of this new generation of nicknames.  And why not, it’s a fun throwback to a great tradition.

The following index includes mostly players mentioned in books and articles that mention One Pocket players, including players mentioned in OnePocket.org interviews. Many are from the 60's, 70's and 80's. If you would like to make a correction, add some information about a player, or submit more names, please Contact Us or visit the Message Board here on OnePocket.org.

 

Want to establish your own nickname, the modern way? When you register for an internet forum, you do not need to use your ‘real name’, you have the opportunity to create your own on-line moniker. Well, choose it wisely, and if the forum offers to host a small photo of you – an avatar, as they are called – the association of your image with your screen name will beam out to millions of pool fans around the globe 24/7! Then, as you get out and travel to tournaments and other poolrooms, before you know it someone is going to identify you by your on-line moniker, and there you have it, a nickname is born, 21st Century style.

This list was last updated 7-7-10; please continue to help with corrections and additions!

** If you can help out with biographical information for any of these players,

please Contact Us so that can be added to their bio page, or so a new bio page can be started. **

This list © 2005-2010 OnePocket.org

First Name
AKA
Last Name
Ronnie Allen
Benny
No Penny Benny
Allen
Richie
Richie from the Bronx
Ambrose
Leonardo
Dadong
Andam
Donny Anderson
Johnny
Scorpion
Archer
Lewis
Blackie
Ardell
Richard
Memphis Flash
Austin
Ken
Sarge
Aylesworth
Charles
CB, Lonesome John
Bailey
Joe
Meatman, The Butcher
Balsis
William
Sailor
Barge
Paul
Tall Paul
Barros
Danny
Kid Delicious
Basavich
Jaffar
Patch Eye, One-eyed Henry, Henry Burnett
Basheer
Eddie
Detroit Whitey
Beauchene
Bob
Bristol Bob
Begey
Clarence
Bucky
Bell
Terry
Terrible Terry
Bell
William
Dollar Bill
Bell
Robert
Lefty
Bennett
Freddy Bentivegna
Jerry
The California Kid
Bento
Emmett
Blank
Blankenship
Sam
Snooker Sam, Jacksonville Sam
Blumenthal
Al Bonife
Don
Sneaky Pete
Bothwell
Louis
Little Hand
Bramlett
Rusty
Brandymeyer
George
Flamethrower
Breedlove
Jack
Jersey Red, The Red Raider
Breit
Jason
Jaybird
Breland
Tony
Tough Tony
Brewer
Paul
Doc
Brienza
Charlie
Straight Arrow
Brinson
Tommie
Cisco, TR Bass
Briscoe
Melvin Brooks
James
Youngblood
Brown
Little Rock, Capitol City
Brown
Seth Thomas
Buttermilk
Brown, Jr.
Paul
Jew Paul
Brusloff
Charles
Hillbilly
Bryant
Billy Burge
Robert
Georgia Slim
Burrell
Eddie
The Hat
Burton
Francisco
Django
Bustamante
Lou
Machine Gun
Butera
Houn' Dog
Calhoun
Marcel
Campy
Camp
Rex
Keno King
Cannon
Vince
Pancho
Carelli
Guy
Carolina Slim
Carney
Marshall
Squirrel, Tuscaloosa Squirrel
Carpenter
Mickey
Port Chester Mickey
Carpinello
James
Brooklyn Jimmy
Cassas
Gene
The Glove
Catrone
Marcus
Little Napolean
Chamat
Johnny
Lefty, Cannonball
Chapman
Bernardo
King Kong
Chavez
Ignacio
Nacho
Chavez
Robert
Blood
Cherry
Tony
T-Rex
Chohan
James
The Sniper
Christopher
Artie
Mountain Man, AJ
Clements
Ben
Kid Irish
Cohen
Hubert
Daddy Warbucks
Cokes
Tony
Benton Harbour Tony, Tony Banks
Coleman
Michael
Bricktop
Collins
Benny
Goose
Conway
Benny
Little Goose
Conway Jr.
Charles Richard
Bucktooth
Cook
Steve Cook
George
Spin-the-Ball
Cook
Jack
Frisco Jack
Cooney
Gene
The Machine
Cooper
Joe
Sleepy Joe
Cosgrove
Al
Coz
Coslosky
Warren
Monk
Costanza
Jimmy
Catfish
Court
Tommy
The Sailor
Cramer
Irving
The Deacon
Crane
Wade
Billy Johnson, Boom Boom
Crane
Arthur
Babe
Cranfield
Bill
Diamond Bill
Cress
Sam
Okie Sam, Nashville Sam, Robert Ryan
Crotzer
Rod
Surfer Rod
Curry
Angelo
Sax
Dal Porto
Andrew
Ponzi
D'Alessandro
Robert
Detroit Bob
Dancer
Alphonso
Fonzi
Daniels
Mike
Mad Dog
Danner
Gerald
Shannon, The Cannon, Doughboy
Daulton
Don
Oakland Don
Decoy
Danny Di Liberto
Cole
Hippie Cole
Dickson
Steve
Stevie Wonder
Dobrowolski
Harold
Fat Harold
Dollar
Ernesto
Chihuahua
Dominguez
John
Duke
Dowell
Gary
The Driller
Drennan
Delmar Henry
Harrisburg Whitey, Delmar Stanton
Dubbs
Bill
Chicken Man
Dunsmore
Don
Waterdog
Edwards
Tony
Hurricane
Ellin
Johnny
Velvet Foghorn, Brooklyn Johnny
Ervolino
Roger
Road Warrior
Estelle
Jamie
Red Rifle
Farrell
Don
Preacher
Feeney
Tony
Fargo
Ferguson
Samuel (?)
Sparky
Ferrell
John Fitzpatrick
Richie
LA Richie, Little Bulldog, Little Richie
Florence
Mark
Donut Man
Ford
Fritz
Scarface
Fournier
Joe
Neptune Joe
Frady
Milborn
Gar
Frazier
Scott
Freezer
Frost
Jimmy Fusco
Natalie Gabriel
Mike
Shoes, Chicago Mike, Round Lake Mike
Gambony
Danny
Young Greenleaf
Gartner
Al
Silver Fox
Gassner
Rich
The Hat
Geiler
Michael
Geese
Gerace
Walter
Woppie
Getty
Horace
Groundhog
Godwin
Lewis
Junior, Lefty
Goff
Isaac
Miami
Gonzales
Paul
Detroit Slim
Graham
James
Atlantic Danny
Greer
Brian
Ears
Gregg
Marc
Mags
Gregory
Roger
The Rocket
Griffis
Mike
Babyface
Gulyassy
Mark
The Snake
Haddad
John
John Drew
Hagar
George
Rotation Slim
Hairston
Cecil
Rifleman, Buddy
Hall
Tommy
Staten Island Tommy, Doc
Halliday
Calvin
Country Calvin
Harcrow
Brian
Hawaiian Brian
Hashimoto
Bobby
The Locksmith
Headrick
Earl
Pistachio, Roadmaster
Heisler
Jay
Toupee Jay
Helfert
Dave
Big Wave
Hemmah
Marvin
Pittsburg Flash
Henderson
John
Cornflakes
Hennigan
Ed
Cadillac Ed
Herrmann
Norman Hitchcock
Thanh
Tang
Hoa
Allen
Young Hoppe
Hopkins
David
Little David, The Giant Killer
Howard
Norman
The Jockey
Howard
Tony
One-Eyed Tony
Howard
Larry
Iceman
Hubbart
Eddie
Mountain Man
Hubble
Hank
One Eyed Hank
Hurst
Buford
Bud, The Tiger
Hypes
Bill
Cardone, Pittsburgh Billy, Mustache Charlie
Incardona
Bob
Ingie, Soldier
Ingersol
Mark
Chip
Jarvis
Larry Johnson
Danny
Handsome Danny, Kennesaw
Jones
Sammy
Jumpin' Sammy
Jones
Paul
Chicago Paul
Jones
Jeremy
Double J
Jones
Charles
Low Down Dirty Red, Preacher Red
Jones
Cliff
Spotmaster
Joyner
Martin
Omaha Fats
Kaiman
Thomas
Tom Kollins
Kalinowski
George
Gypsy George
Kallman
Ellis
Tres
Kane III
Bill
Tex, Calhoun
Kelleher
Eddie Kelly
Joe
Joker
Kerr
Eddie
Cannonball
Kienowski
Joe
Boston Joey
Kiley
Glen
Fat Glen
Knowles
Roy
Kilroy
Kosmolski
Tony
Whitey
Krzyzaniak
John
Stick
Kytle
Eddie
Fast Eddie
La Pasota
Robert
Cotton
LaBlanc
Billy
Billy the Kid
Lanna
Luther
Wimpy
Lassiter
Joe
Canadian Joe
Lawrence
Irving
Bill
Lawson
Chris
Scarfish
Lawton
Calvin
Rushout Red
Lawton
Mike
Spanish Mike
LeBron
Jeanette
Black Widow
Lee
Ardell
Blackie
LeSieur
Willie
Willie the Wop
Lewis
John
Johnny Irish
Lineen
Peter
Peter Rabbit
Linhard
Larry Lisciotti
Rudolfo
Boy Sampson
Luat
John
Little John, Lil Jon
Macias
Johnny
Get Back Jack
Madden
Bob
Florida Bob
Maidhoff
Jimmy
Hippie Jimmy
Marino
Marco
The Snake
Marquez
Bill Marshall
Alain
The Dancing Bear
Martel
Ray
Cool Cat
Martin
Al
Little Al
Mason
Mike
Tennessee Tarzan
Massey
Jimmy
Pretty Boy Floyd
Mataya
Pablo
The Tarantula
Matheu
Grady Mathews
Ronnie
The Hat, Bald Eagle
Mayes
Steve
The Mechanic
McAninch
Henry
Lotsapoppa
McCloud
Harry
Harry the Horse
McConnell
Keith
Earthquake, Ether, Grady Seasons (TCOM)
McCready
Ryan
Genie Man
McCreash
Edward
Chris
McGeahan
John
John Henry
McHenry
Dick
San Jose Dick
McMoran
Steve
The Whale
Melnyk
Norman
Silverlake, The Bear
Menichelli
Eugene
Clem
Metz
George
Tacoma Whitey
Michaels
George
Trickshooter
Middleditch
Bill
Milkman
Milke
Al
Aloysius
Miller
Johnny
Popcorn
Miller
Steve
Miz
Mizerak
Mel
Jersey Mel
Mlotok
Charles
Country
Monroe
Antonio
Aguzate
Montalvo
Jimmy
Cowboy
Moore
Bill
Cash
Moore
N.M.
Junior
Moore
Ernest
Nubby, One Armed Bandit
Morgan
Rodney
Rocket
Morris
Don
Tire Man
Morrison
William
Jackie Robinson
Morton
James
Cisero, Brooklyn Kid
Murphy
Bob
The Destroyer
Myers
Mike
California Mike
Najadin
John
John Henry
Neil
Gary
Bushwacker
Nolan
James
Junior
Norris
Johnny
Sugar Shack
Novak
Robert Sylvester
Sylver
Ochoa
Andy
Amarillo
Olguin
Jerry
Jerry the Actor
Orbach
Elihu
Alley-Oop
O'Rear
Sandy
The Sandman
Orlikoff
Bob
Black Bart, Bud, Bob Ogburn
Osbourne
Charles
Good Time Charlie
Owens
Larry
Lettuce
Oyler
Ismael
Morro, The Jumping Bean
Paez
Alex
The Lion, Killer Pixie
Paguyalan
Mark
Gypsy
Pantovic
Jose
Amang, Little Giant
Parica
James
Meathead
Parks
Cecil
Will Pay
Peay
Randy
Pooky
Pelton
Morris
Snooks
Perlstein
Eric
Fatboy
Peterson
Jonathan
Hennessee
Pinegar
Dave
Cadillac Dave
Piona
Richard
Baby Brother
Powell
Thomas
Amarillo Slim
Preston, Jr
Larry
The Turtle
Price
Joe
Iron Joe
Procita
Utley
UJ
Puckett
Maurice
Gabby
Puncy
Krianksak
Pookie
Rasmeloungon
Jimmy Reid
Jimmy
The Springfield Rifle
Relihan
Jim
King James
Rempe
Kenny
Romburg
Remus
Efren Reyes
Louie Roberts
Robert
Big Nose Roberts
Rodman
Tony
Flaco
Rodrigues
Frank
Bananas
Rodriguiz
Glen
Piggy Banks
Rogers
Bernard
Bunny, Pots and Pans
Rogoff
Al
Little Al
Romero
George Rood
Isadore
Pony
Rosen
Charles
Rosie
Rosenblatt
Joe
Kokomo Joe
Ross
Tom
Dr. Cue
Rossman
John
Monster John
Rouse
Leonard Rucker
Bob
Memo
Rugnao
Joe
Tracy Joe, Mexican Joe
Salazar
Luc
Machine Gun
Salvas
George
Ginky
San Souci
John
The Oklahoma Kid
Saunders
Earl
Fagin
Schriver
Bernie
The Hawk
Schwartz
Harry
Poochie
Sexton
Mike
Captain Hook
Sigel
Richard
Rocketman
Slupik
Scott
The Shot
Smith
Steve
Lizard
Smith
Joey
Cincinnati Kid
Spaeth
Jimmy
Flyboy
Spears
Vernon
Brier
Spivey
Tex Jean Springer
Andrew
The Lowell Kid, The Saint, Masked Marvel
St. Jean
Louie
Magic Man
St. Pierre
Bill
High Class
Stack
Evgenij
The Russian
Stalev
John
Pittsburgh John
Stapoli
Bill Staton
Bob
Spook
Stevens
Greg
Big Train
Stevens
Earl
The Pearl
Strickland
Ray
Surfer
Suden
Michael
Biloxi Mike
Surber
Jay
Swanee
Swanson
Mark
Mark Tadd
Tademy
Alf
Bicycle Willie
Taylor
Eddie Taylor
Lonnie
Lucedale
Taylor
Jack
Lipstick Jack
Terry
Alvin Clarence
Titanic Thompson
Thomas
Frank
Bird
Thompson
Keith
Young Squirrel
Thompson
Rodney
Babe
Thompson
Don
Duke
Tozier
Samuel
Seattle Sam, Fat Sam
Trivett
Pete
Cheyenne Pete
Trujillo
Cecil
The Left Duke
Tugwell
Jose
Cuban Joe, Chico
Valdez
Felipe
Mexican Phil
Valdez
Shane
South Dakota Kid
Van de Boening
Tom
Cigar Tom
Vanover
Nick
The Kentucky Colonel
Varner
John
Mexican Johnny
Vasquez
Joe
Philadelphia Joey
Veasey
Paul
Poker Paul
Vecherilli
Gene
Filipino Gene
Ventura
Vivian
Texas Tornado
Villareal
Joe
Little Joe
Villalpando
John
Connecticut Johnny
Vives
Nick
The Indian
Vlahos
Dan
Waldo
Walton
Rudolph
Minnesota Fats, New York Fats
Wanderone
Sterling
Buttermilk
Ward
Javanly Washington
Don
Portland Don, TippyToes, Soft Shoes
Watson
Tony
Shrimp Boat
Watson
Gerry
The Ghost
Watson
Normand Webber
Jimmy
The Kid
Wetch
Maurice
Tugboat
Whaley
Edgar
Shake and Bake
White
Alton
Babyface
Whitlow
Al
The Plumber
Wichenbaugh
Carson
CJ, BB Eyes
Wiley, Jr.
Shaun
The Shirt
Wilkie
Ronnie
Bus Driver
Williams
Charlie
Korean Dragon
Williams
Don
Cincinnati Kid, Wingshot Willie
Willis
James
Fountain Inn Red
Willis
Tom
Tom-Tom
Wirth
Glenn
Eufaula Kid
Womack
Billy Ray
The Painter
Woodham
Robert
Rags
Woods
Freddie
Creole Freddie
Yates
Donald
Ears
Yingling
Carl
Cue Ball Kelly
Zingale

 

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