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  • #16
    Originally posted by Ratamon View Post
    Hello guys,

    I'm relatively new to this forum. I live across the pond here in London and this is essentially my first meaningful thread.

    I've had some time to spare so I watched again all of my DVDs from Legends of One Pocket II Philadelphia style 1991 (the one that Steve Cook won), with a view to reconstructing the brackets from the commentary and my observations of the players on adjacent tables. I managed to identify all of the matches from the last 32 and up. However, it gets a lot harder for the earlier stages as the only match that appears to have been recorded from the first round is Jersey Red v Bob Osborne. So here you go.

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    Winner			Loser				Stage		Score	Date		Commentary
    Steve Cook		Steve Mizerak			F		5-2	21/07/1991	Bill Incardona, Grady Mathews, Buddy Hall
    Steve Cook		Allen Hopkins			SF		5-4	21/07/1991	not taped
    Steve Mizerak		Nick Varner			SF		5-2	21/07/1991	Bill Incardona, Grady Mathews
    Nick Varner		Jimmy Fusco			QF		5-4	20/07/1991	Grady Mathews, Jimmy Fusco
    Steve Mizerak		Pete Fusco			QF		5-2	20/07/1991	not taped
    Allen Hopkins		Danny Diliberto			QF		5-3	20/07/1991	Bill Incardona, Bill Staton
    Steve Cook		Buddy Hall			QF		5-4	20/07/1991	not taped
    Nick Varner		Mike  LeBron			last 16		5-?	20/07/1991	not taped
    Jimmy Fusco		Jim Rempe			last 16		5-0	20/07/1991	Freddy Bentivegna, Lou Butera
    Steve Mizerak		Bill Incardona			last 16		5-4	20/07/1991	no commentary
    Pete Fusco		Johnny Ervolino			last 16		5-?	20/07/1991	not taped
    Allen Hopkins		Roger Griffis			last 16		5-?	20/07/1991	not taped
    Danny Diliberto		Ralph Carnes			last 16		5-?	20/07/1991	not taped
    Steve Cook		Leonard Bugs Rucker		last 16		5-3	20/07/1991	no commentary
    Buddy Hall		Grady Mathews			last 16		5-?	20/07/1991	not taped
    Nick Varner		Frank Di Giorgio (sp)		last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	not taped
    Mike LeBron		Eddie Holden (sp)		last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	not taped
    Jimmy Fusco		William "Jopling" Marshall	last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	not taped
    Jim Rempe		Scotty Townsend			last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	not taped
    Steve Mizerak		John "Cornflakes" Hennigan	last 32		5-0	19/07/1991	no commentary
    Bill Incardona		Dick Weaver			last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	no commentary
    Pete Fusco		Bill Hendrixson			last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	no commentary
    Johnny Ervolino		Mike Sigel			last 32		5-4	19/07/1991	Grady Mathews, Buddy Hall, Cornbread Red
    Allen Hopkins		Bill "Weenie Beenie" Staton	last 32		5-4	19/07/1991	not taped
    Roger Griffis		Billy "Cornbread Red" Burge	last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	not taped
    Danny Diliberto		Freddie Bentivegna		last 32		5-4	19/07/1991	not taped
    Ralph Carnes		Ronnie Allen			last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	not taped
    Steve Cook		Warren "Monk" Costanzo		last 32		5-4	19/07/1991	not taped
    Leonard "Bugs" Rucker	Frank "Crazy Frank" Piasecki	last 32		5-3	19/07/1991	not taped
    Buddy Hall		Lou Butera			last 32		5-1	19/07/1991	Bill Incardona, Ron Williams
    Grady Mathews		Jaffar "Patch-eye" Basheer	last 32		5-?	19/07/1991	not taped
    Apparently, Cecil, Efren, and a bunch of other great players bit to dust in the early stages of the tourney. I know that Strawberry lost to Dick Weaver in the first round but who beat Cecil and Efren? Does anyone know?

    I hope you guys will find the thread useful as I couldn't find diddly-squat on this tourney elsewhere. I will try to do the same for the first LOP tourney (won by Allen Hopkins) some time next year.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Cheers,
    Terry
    I pulled up my spreadsheet of accustats, that was a period I was an especially active collector. Looking over it briefly I do not think my list answers any of your questions. I hope my list helps.

    I was actually friends, or maybe more like sparring aquaintences, with Cecil. I do not know who beat him though.
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    Last edited by El Chapo; 12-21-2018, 09:30 AM.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by twister View Post
      Thanks for doing this Terry, cool to see. I wonder if Pat has the results of all the matches from that tournament? They started off collecting stats for all the pool matches before they started taping them, so I could imagine him having at least the results sitting around somewhere.

      Also, wow, what a poster! If anyone knows of one that someone is willing to part with, let me know...
      Pat is good at responding to my emails with DVD orders but less so otherwise. Perhaps, someone on this forum can ask him and get a response?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Dead Empty View Post
        Eddie Hodan
        Thanks Dead Empty. I've edited my original post to include the correct name
        Last edited by Ratamon; 12-21-2018, 01:05 PM.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Tobermory View Post
          If posters could talk...thanks for putting this up. Back in the day I bought quite a few of those matches and sat at the knee of the masters as I tried to learn this great game.

          btw, decent pool tables are hard to find in London, much less a decent one pocket game, but the last two times I've been over there visiting my wife's family, I've matched up with Rico Dix at the Hurricane near King's Cross. He's more of a lapsed 9 ball and 14.1 shooter, but he likes 1p and you might be able to entice him into a friendly game for a few quid.


          Cheers,

          Michael Singsen
          Thanks Michael. I do usually play at the Hurricane's near King's Cross, being the closest pool hall to my workplace.

          You are right about the pool tables - they are not the best and the usual high humidity amplifies that a great deal but there we are.

          It's really hard to get any one-pocket action in London indeed so thank you for the tip-off. I haven't played Rico Dix.

          Cheers,
          Terry

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          • #20
            Originally posted by El Chapo View Post
            I pulled up my spreadsheet of accustats, that was a period I was an especially active collector. Looking over it briefly I do not think my list answers any of your questions. I hope my list helps.

            I was actually friends, or maybe more like sparring aquaintences, with Cecil. I do not know who beat him though.

            Thanks for the trouble El Chapo. A nice collection of those early matches you have.

            P.S. I've just learned that Jersey Red lost to Lou Butera in the second round.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by FastEddieF. View Post
              I was there , great player after great player. What a wonderful tournament.loved every moment i was there. Steve cook was the highest calcutta player and won it. He went for 700.
              I was so glad I got to be able to play some one hole sessions with Steve Cook before he passed. Granted it was later in his career but he still sure knew how to play. He gave me like 8/7 for I think $10 a game and it was a great learning experience!

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              • #22
                To bring this thread back to life -

                here is a transcript of an article from The National Billiard News, Volume 19, Issue 7 - September 1991(with the typos corrected).

                THE LEGENDS OF ONE POCKET PHILADELPHIA STYLE
                Starring Jimmy Fusco & Friends
                July 18 through 21st 1991

                Fifty-five* of the best one-pocket players in the world converged on the Philadelphia Airport Hilton Hotel to compete for $36,500 in prize money.** It was without a question the finest field ever assembled: "Bugs" Rucker, Ronnie Allen, Alan Hopkins, Mike Sigel, Steve Mizerak, Grady Mathews, "Cornbread Red", Jimmy Fusco, Nick Varner, Jim Rempe, Mike LeBron, "Jersey Red", Buddy Hall, Steve Cook, Danny Diliberto, John Ervolino, Bill Incardona and Pete Fusco were among those in attendance.

                The first day's activity pared 40 at large players down to 16, who were to play the 16 seeded players on day two. 13 of 16 seeds were victorious, the casualties being Ronnie Allen, Mike Sigel and "Cornbread Red". Allen lost to Ralph Carnes, a newcomer to major tournament competition, while Mike Sigel was bested in a thrilling match by Johnny Ervolino. "Cornbread" was defeated by Roger Griffis.

                Third day action featured a field of 16 with no giant surprises. Steve Cook defeated "Bugs" Rucker, 5 to 3, in an especially well-played match and Steve Mizerak edged Bill Incardona, 5 games to 4. The best match, already being talked about as a classic, perhaps the greatest one-pocket match ever, saw Nick Varner defeat Jimmy Fusco 5 to 4.

                It was time for the semi-finals: Cook vs. Hopkins and Mizerak vs. Varner. In the former, it reached 4 to 1 in favor of Hopkins and it appeared that it was all over for Steve Cook. Cook, however, had other ideas. One game at a time, with brilliant tactical play and innovative offense, he clawed his way back into the match at 4-4. In game 9, Hopkins and Cook battled until the score was 3 balls each. Cook faced a cross corner bank that was made all the more difficult because 2 balls were wedged deep in Hopkins' pocket. Cook calmly ripped the 9 ball cross the corner, ran out and prepared himself for the finals.

                In the other semi-final game, Varner never seemed to get going against an inspired Steve Mizerak. He lost 5 games to 2.

                It was time for the grand finale of "The Legends of One Pocket", although it seemed that anything would be anticlimactic after the sterling play of the first three days. What was wrong here? Fans were rapt, delighted with the time-honored and very difficult pursuit of one pocket. Cook and Mizerak! In South Philly! To sell-out crowds! In a well-played contest, Cook proved to be too much for the talented Mizerak and he ultimately prevailed, 5 games to 2.

                Order of Finish:
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                1    Steve Cook			$10,000
                2    Steve Mizerak		  6,000
                3-4  Allen Hopkins 		  3,500
                     Nick Varner		  3,500
                5-8  Buddy Hall			  1,500
                     Danny Diliberto		  1,500
                     Pete Fusco			  1,500
                     Jimmy Fusco 		  1,500
                9-16 "Bugs" Rucker		  1,000
                     Grady Mathews		  1,000
                     Ralph Carnes		  1,000
                     Roger Griffis		  1,000
                     John Ervolino		  1,000
                     Bill Incardona		  1,000
                     Jim Rempe			  1,000
                     Mike LeBron		  1,000
                The "Legends" events have pooldom abuzz, as one pocket has proven it can stand up to 9 ball or any other pocket billiard game - knowledgeable fans are calling these events the best pool tournaments ever and there is no abatement in sight. A $250,000 added event is scheduled for late 1992, along with the Columbia, S.C. tournament and a return to Philadelphia.

                The hosts and promoters, Jimmy Fusco and Grady Mathews, wish to thank the sponsors: Murrey Tables (the equipment was superb), Simonis Cloth, South Philly Billiards, Joss East Cues, Meucci Cues, Tim Scruggs Cues, Black Boar Cues, Huebler Cues, Helmstetter Cues and Centennial Cases.

                MY NOTES:

                [*There were 56 players registered but Cicero Murphy did not show up due to illness]

                [** It was a $300 entry fee, with $20,000 added. The payouts add up to $37,000 so either the sponsors coughed up additional $500 or the actual payouts for the 9-16th place were $937.50, not $1,000]
                Last edited by Ratamon; 07-25-2019, 04:18 PM.

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                • #23
                  I'm sure that Mike Sigel would remember this tournament. During his match with R. Casanzio here is what occurred; Casanzio was at the table and leaned in over the table briefly then Ron moved back slightly. When he moved back the big box light over the table came crashing down, play was stopped, and the lights were restrung. When play resumed and Sigel was at the table he got over his shot but was also looking above him at the light and naturally he was concerned. I don't know to this day if Casanzio realizes how lucky he was that he moved back; it was a split second.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by stedyfred View Post
                    I'm sure that Mike Sigel would remember this tournament. During his match with R. Casanzio here is what occurred; Casanzio was at the table and leaned in over the table briefly then Ron moved back slightly. When he moved back the big box light over the table came crashing down, play was stopped, and the lights were restrung. When play resumed and Sigel was at the table he got over his shot but was also looking above him at the light and naturally he was concerned. I don't know to this day if Casanzio realizes how lucky he was that he moved back; it was a split second.
                    Thanks for the info, stedyfred. At the risk of being picky, could it be that Ron played Steve Cook (rather than Mike) in that match ? This was a single elimination and Mike lost to Johnny Ervolino in the last 32 (I have a DVD of that match). Per the tourney results in my first post, Ron and Mike could not have played each other in this tourney. Thanks again.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Ratamon View Post
                      Thanks for the info, stedyfred. At the risk of being picky, could it be that Ron played Steve Cook (rather than Mike) in that match ? This was a single elimination and Mike lost to Johnny Ervolino in the last 32 (I have a DVD of that match). Per the tourney results in my first post, Ron and Mike could not have played each other in this tourney. Thanks again.


                      I have a few of those matches from that tourney, including the finals, but I wasn't really aware of the format.. So it seems that Mike Sigel and 15 others were seeded and did not play until the other at large players got down to 16, and then those 32 also played single elim the rest of the way.. And in the first round of the last 32, 13 of those guys that were seeded, won... Now the three that lost were Mike, Cornbread, and Ronnie Allen..That's pretty strong... Did you see that tournament where the roof of the building had a slow dripping leak, and someone put a bucket up there above the drop ceiling that was supported very weakly, maybe by just a ceiling tile piece and it came crashing down right in the bleachers.. Incredibly it missed everyone, but if it had hit somebody in the head, it could have killed them.. I forgot who was playing.. "INCOMING" DAMN...
                      "Born Into This"

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Jimmy B View Post
                        I have a few of those matches from that tourney, including the finals, but I wasn't really aware of the format.. So it seems that Mike Sigel and 15 others were seeded and did not play until the other at large players got down to 16, and then those 32 also played single elim the rest of the way.. And in the first round of the last 32, 13 of those guys that were seeded, won... Now the three that lost were Mike, Cornbread, and Ronnie Allen..That's pretty strong... Did you see that tournament where the roof of the building had a slow dripping leak, and someone put a bucket up there above the drop ceiling that was supported very weakly, maybe by just a ceiling tile piece and it came crashing down right in the bleachers.. Incredibly it missed everyone, but if it had hit somebody in the head, it could have killed them.. I forgot who was playing.. "INCOMING" DAMN...
                        I was right there in the Accustats arena at DCC when that happened -- but fortunately across the room! Yes, like a drywall bucket or something, and when it got full enough it came down right into an empty spot in the bleachers!!!
                        "One Pocket, it's an epidemic and there ain't no cure."
                        -- Strawberry Brooks

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                        • #27
                          I do not know the format for the event; I watched Ervollino win his match with Sigel. I stand by my recollection of the light incident Casanzio, Sigel.

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                          • #28
                            Ratamon,

                            There was an event at South Philly Billiards held within a year or two either way of this event. That event brings to memory this occurrence.
                            I remember Efren and Jimmy Fusco put on an Exhibition on the back table which had very tight pockets. What I remember mostly about that event was one particular game of this exhibition where they got down to one ball on the table. They went back and forth for the better part of a hour, maybe longer, with that single ball coming close but never in. First one pocket than the other. Each clearing the ball with excellent results.

                            Many people got bored watching this single ball refuse to fall for one of these two champions, not me. I was fascinated by each player's skill at sending the ball so near to falling. Many times doing so from positions at the time I hadn't thought possible. The clearing of this ball and the control of the cue ball was also done so adeptly that the only response left was a defensive one. I don't recall who won this game. For me it didn't matter. They were both winners in my estimation.

                            Needless to say, I learned an incredible late inning One Pocket lesson that day.
                            I wonder if anyone on this site was there and has the same memory.

                            Tom
                            Last edited by Tom Wirth; 07-27-2019, 03:15 PM.

                            "Controlled Aggression" trwirth369@gmail.com

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                            • #29
                              Legends of One Pocket II (Philadelphia style) 1991

                              Originally posted by Tom Wirth View Post
                              Ratamon,

                              There was an event at South Philly Billiards held within a year or two either way of this event. That event brings to memory this occurrence.
                              I remember Efren and Jimmy Fusco put on an Exhibition on the back table which had very tight pockets. What I remember mostly about that event was one particular game of this exhibition where they got down to one ball on the table. They went back and forth for the better part of a hour, maybe longer, with that single ball coming close but never in. First one pocket than the other. Each clearing the ball with excellent results.

                              Many people got bored watching this single ball refuse to fall for one of these two champions, not me. I was fascinated by each player's skill at sending the ball so near to falling. Many times doing so from positions at the time I hadn't thought possible. The clearing of this ball and the control of the cue ball was also done so adeptly that the only response left was a defensive one. I don't recall who won this game. For me it didn't matter. They were both winners in my estimation.

                              Needless to say, I learned an incredible late inning One Pocket lesson that day.
                              I wonder if anyone on this site was there and has the same memory.

                              Tom


                              I was not there Tom but I have heard this game talked about around here!! Cool to hear that you were there.
                              Mitch needs to remember to play the score and that it's better to win than to look like a hero.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Jimmy B View Post
                                I have a few of those matches from that tourney, including the finals, but I wasn't really aware of the format.. So it seems that Mike Sigel and 15 others were seeded and did not play until the other at large players got down to 16, and then those 32 also played single elim the rest of the way.. And in the first round of the last 32, 13 of those guys that were seeded, won... Now the three that lost were Mike, Cornbread, and Ronnie Allen..That's pretty strong... Did you see that tournament where the roof of the building had a slow dripping leak, and someone put a bucket up there above the drop ceiling that was supported very weakly, maybe by just a ceiling tile piece and it came crashing down right in the bleachers.. Incredibly it missed everyone, but if it had hit somebody in the head, it could have killed them.. I forgot who was playing.. "INCOMING" DAMN...
                                Now you mentioned Jimmy B I do recall seeing this incident on one of the Accu-stats Greatest shots and bloopers tapes. I should be able to dig it out to see which tournament it was

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