The following poem was dedicated to Strawberry at one of his International One Pocket Tournaments in the early 90’s. It was written by the late Paul Jones of Chicago.
Showdown at the Sheraton – One Pocket Masters
Some of the greatest players on this planet earth
Are gonna play some One Pocket, so get your money’s worth.
Legends of the past, and younger players too
Will lock horns at the Sheraton to see what they can do.
Strawberry and friends, they don’t mess around
When they put on a show they really go to town.
One Pocket is a game of classic pool
It is based on science, where safety is the rule.
Not like most games, where you shoot out in a breeze
You can run eight and out, but you had better learn to squeeze.
One Pocket is a game where you have to plan and probe
Sometimes for you to win you need the patience of Job.
If you’re gonna play this game, for you to reach your prime
You will have to learn to play it cool, and shoot no shot before its time.
Yes, remember all the ole One Pocket masters, the safeties, moves and locks
Whichever player gets this cheese will be a proud ole fox.
As time progresses on and stories fill the air
I’ll many times reflect and be glad that I was there.
-- Paul Jones