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  • The night i played Handsome Danny,

    It was Derby week back in 86. Place, Parkmoor Bowling Alley, Louisville, Ky. This old guy (58) saunters up to me and says i hear you like to play bank pool.
    I said i do, he said won't to play some for 30.00 a game? I said sure. Danny wins the first game, and says Jim, lets raise the bet to 50.00. I might add here that Danny had been rubbing me the wrong way, i had 2800.00 in my left pocket to gamble on, i said Danny, screw the 50.00 pool, lets play for 300.00 a game and you or me will make some money. He replied, Jim, i cannot afford to bet that much, i replied what kind of pool hustler are you? You come in here from Baton Rouge, and you ain't got no money, won't put up no money and won't bet no money. I usually don't behave like that but he had me pissed trying to hustle me. He breaks the balls. I step to the table and bank 6 in, he misses, and i bank in 2 more. Score 8-0 first game. After that i would go 1/2 an hour with nothing to shoot at, zilch. If i got a shot, it put a lot of pressure to pocket the ball, as i knew it would be another 1/2 hour before i got another shot. We played 6 hours, broke dead even. My bud, said Jim you should have ran thru that old guy. I replied, if that guy ain't a world champion, there aint any! I did'nt know who Danny Jones was at that time.
    When i got home, i got out the pool & billiard magazine and read about Danny Jones being best all around in Johnson City tournament in 67 & 69. Luther Lassiter won it in 68, i had played him in Louisville in 73.
    Car lot Jim
    Shooting pool since i was 12, that was 49 years ago.

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    Very entertaining story CL Jim. Thanks. Tell us about how you and Wimpy came to play and what the results were.

    Martin


    Originally posted by Car Lot Jim
    It was Derby week back in 86. Place, Parkmoor Bowling Alley, Louisville, Ky. This old guy (58) saunters up to me and says i hear you like to play bank pool.
    I said i do, he said won't to play some for 30.00 a game? I said sure. Danny wins the first game, and says Jim, lets raise the bet to 50.00. I might add here that Danny had been rubbing me the wrong way, i had 2800.00 in my left pocket to gamble on, i said Danny, screw the 50.00 pool, lets play for 300.00 a game and you or me will make some money. He replied, Jim, i cannot afford to bet that much, i replied what kind of pool hustler are you? You come in here from Baton Rouge, and you ain't got no money, won't put up no money and won't bet no money. I usually don't behave like that but he had me pissed trying to hustle me. He breaks the balls. I step to the table and bank 6 in, he misses, and i bank in 2 more. Score 8-0 first game. After that i would go 1/2 an hour with nothing to shoot at, zilch. If i got a shot, it put a lot of pressure to pocket the ball, as i knew it would be another 1/2 hour before i got another shot. We played 6 hours, broke dead even. My bud, said Jim you should have ran thru that old guy. I replied, if that guy ain't a world champion, there aint any! I did'nt know who Danny Jones was at that time.
    When i got home, i got out the pool & billiard magazine and read about Danny Jones being best all around in Johnson City tournament in 67 & 69. Luther Lassiter won it in 68, i had played him in Louisville in 73.
    Car lot Jim
    superiorcues.com

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    • #3
      wimpy lassiter

      Martin,
      I was at the Lousiville Billiards supply in 73 purchasing tickets to the U.S.Open 9 ball tournament held in Louisville that year. I watched Luther Lassiter warming up, he had just finished running 125 balls in straight pool.
      His opponent gave up at that point. Luther asked me to play some 9-ball with him, i said sure, picked up a house cool with a tip about the size of a quarter and ran 8 balls, mis-cued, and watched Luther run about 9 racks of 9-ball, he was about the smoothest 9 baller i have ever seen stroke a ball.
      CL Jim
      Shooting pool since i was 12, that was 49 years ago.

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      • #4
        Danny was a much loved guy.

        Danny Jones was a ton of fun, Jim. He had the ability to find stakehorses when players that played above him couldn't. Danny was one of the top hustlers in pool history. The list of guys he got, just in Miss., is endless. I put Danny in more ring and payball games in Baton Rouge than I should have but never regreted it. There always was that chance of him having a flashback and busting the entire game.

        This a pic of Danny taken at the 1987 Steve Gunphrey memorial tournament held here in Jackson.
        JMO,ICBW.............$Bill

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        • #5
          Danny was on a short list

          Originally posted by hemicudas
          Danny Jones was a ton of fun, Jim. He had the ability to find stakehorses when players that played above him couldn't. Danny was one of the top hustlers in pool history. The list of guys he got, just in Miss., is endless. I put Danny in more ring and payball games in Baton Rouge than I should have but never regreted it. There always was that chance of him having a flashback and busting the entire game.

          This a pic of Danny taken at the 1987 Steve Gunphrey memorial tournament held here in Jackson.
          I use to see Danny in Hot Springs, AR during the race meet. He was dating a woman that owned a motel there. I put Danny on a very short list of OnePocket players that really knew the game. Everyone would not believe some of the players that I dont have on that list. I'll just drop one name and let your imaginations run wild, Cecil Buddy Hall, and I know he has won 1pkt tourneys. We are great friends, but as great a player as he is in Nine-Ball -- as Jersey Red would say, "He couldnt find his pocket with an Indian-guide."
          I will cite one compelling example of whether Danny knew 1pkt or not, Artie Bodendorfer played him about 6 games in Bensingers and quit even! He did not like what Danny was doing to him. In his career Artie only quit 2 people playing 1 pkt --aside from Bugs, but they played all the time-- Danny Jones and Johnny Cannonball Lefty Chapman. Artie though Jack Cooney's 1pkt game was weak and told him so.
          Danny had a very bad neck problem that plagued him throughout the best days of his career.
          the Beard
          New stuff on my site. 100s of pgs. of pool goodness
          www.bankingwiththebeard.com

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          • #6
            The night the Beard first played Danny

            Responding to this thread finally shook my brain enough to remind me of when I first played Danny Jones. It was in Bensingers in 1961. I didnt know him, and in those days I would play anybody. We played 9ball for $3 a game on the old 5x10's. I was 10 games ahead when Danny went to the bathroom. Some old sweator-snitch siddled up to me and said, "Do you know who youre playing, kid? That's Dan Jones, he just won the national snooker title." Needless to say, I got shook, but was too dumb then to quit. I now couldnt make a ball. I lost the $30 back, and then all I had, about another $30. Danny next matched up with a thin black guy to play banks on a 4 1/2x 9. The black guy banked 8 and out and Danny packed him in and quit. I later found out that the black man was none other than Johnny Cannonball Lefty Chapman. It was the 1st 8 and out I had ever seen.
            the Beard
            New stuff on my site. 100s of pgs. of pool goodness
            www.bankingwiththebeard.com

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            • #7
              The first time I saw Danny Jones was in Baton Rouge in 1978. There was a tournament going on, the Southern Open. Buddy Hall was playing Larry Hubbart. The room was quiet except for the clicking of the balls. It was Buddy's break and just after he set the cue ball down and was taking his practice strokes a voice boomed out "Send that Yankee back to New York Buddy Hall". It was Danny Jones from the bleachers. Cracked the place up. I don't recall who won the match though.


              Lunchmoney

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              • #8
                I used to know Danny Jones as well but not as a pool player myself. Good man.

                P.S. I saw Color of Money and I remembered that Danny Jones one commissioned a line of cues with his name on them (hand signed). Anyone know where I might get one and how much it might cost?

                /salute Danny Jones

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                • #9
                  Danny

                  He was one of my dear friends, I'd drive to Hot-Springs & see him at the track ,Danny was one of the GOOD GUYS in my book, We had good times back then, He was one class act! I loved him!!! I remember how he'd bet all his $$ at the track,Then we'd go play the jockies so he could bet again lol,B.J.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fred bentivegna
                    I use to see Danny in Hot Springs, AR during the race meet. He was dating a woman that owned a motel there. I put Danny on a very short list of OnePocket players that really knew the game. Everyone would not believe some of the players that I dont have on that list. I'll just drop one name and let your imaginations run wild, Cecil Buddy Hall, and I know he has won 1pkt tourneys. We are great friends, but as great a player as he is in Nine-Ball -- as Jersey Red would say, "He couldnt find his pocket with an Indian-guide."
                    I will cite one compelling example of whether Danny knew 1pkt or not, Artie Bodendorfer played him about 6 games in Bensingers and quit even! He did not like what Danny was doing to him. In his career Artie only quit 2 people playing 1 pkt --aside from Bugs, but they played all the time-- Danny Jones and Johnny Cannonball Lefty Chapman. Artie though Jack Cooney's 1pkt game was weak and told him so.
                    Danny had a very bad neck problem that plagued him throughout the best days of his career.
                    the Beard
                    He was in one Hell of a car- wreck lucky to have made it!!

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                    • #11
                      Handsome Dan wins $20K in a pay ball game

                      .

                      The year was Feb 1979 at Greenway Pool Hall Baton Rouge La. There was a huge Hustlers Tournament that Keith McCready won. The action was like Johnson City. There was 3 day 100/200 Pay Ball game on a 10ft snooker table with players like St Lou lou, Steve Mizerak, Jersey Red, Fly Boy, Handsome Dan and a number of other world-class players. Just as St Lou lou got in the game, Handsome Dan started a multiple rack run. I can still see St lou, lou dressed in Sharkskin pants and a white dress shirt crying he was down $ 2 K and had not even got to the table.

                      Danny sold used cars when he wasn't playing pool. but as long as Danny was in town you could find him at Greenway pool hall. I remember Danny and Fly Boy were hustling buddy in those days. The last I heard about Danny he was dealing Blackjack on a riverboat casino and died from a heart at the Table.

                      Danny was a nice guy and always treated me with respect, and I was just a beginning player. It was Danny that taught me Zone position and how to play for Line position instead of speed.

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                      • #12
                        Nice first post, BB. Do you still live in Baton Rouge?

                        ~Doc

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                        • #13
                          Parkmoor was my training ground and I am glad to see it was a national force for many years. I was kidnaped by a woman who took me to Coral Gables Fla during the 70’s and by the time I returned, no Parkmoor.
                          Coyotes, Eagles, and Deer, oh my!

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                          • #14
                            I first met Danny in Hot Springs 1979. Puckett took me there to hustle pool.

                            What a trip. Danny was married to a woman that owned a motel. Great stories were told between Danny and U.J. Made a good friend in Danny.

                            Danny was always moving on people. In 1982 or 83, at Moyers in Austin, where the annual Texas Open originally started, I walked in the front door and from across the room I hear - Come on Newkie, I'll take the 8 or 9-7 in onepocket. OF COURSE, Danny was creating action for himself and getting people to think he played under me. It was quite funny to me and everyone there. It didn't hurt my action, because almost everyone there knew me. LOL


                            Danny was quite the character, along with many others. Sadly, we have lost too many and not many of that era left.


                            Just retuned from DCC and pool seems to be on the mend. Had a great time.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rnewkirk View Post
                              I first met Danny in Hot Springs 1979. Puckett took me there to hustle pool.

                              What a trip. Danny was married to a woman that owned a motel. Great stories were told between Danny and U.J. Made a good friend in Danny.

                              Danny was always moving on people. In 1982 or 83, at Moyers in Austin, where the annual Texas Open originally started, I walked in the front door and from across the room I hear - Come on Newkie, I'll take the 8 or 9-7 in onepocket. OF COURSE, Danny was creating action for himself and getting people to think he played under me. It was quite funny to me and everyone there. It didn't hurt my action, because almost everyone there knew me. LOL


                              Danny was quite the character, along with many others. Sadly, we have lost too many and not many of that era left.


                              Just retuned from DCC and pool seems to be on the mend. Had a great time.
                              Nuke thanks for the story.
                              Like many on here you have plenty to share! Post in the journals if you dont want to fade naysayers but tell those tales before they grow anymore😉

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