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  • #31
    Originally posted by RedCard View Post
    He gave several people that game at the Elks in Evansville through the years. I was up there once with a buddy who shot real straight. He had the effrontery to ask Hubert for a spot playing nine ball. Terry was about my age, 21 or so, and Cokes was in his seventies. He gruffly dismissed the request with 'when I was your age I spotted many of 'em'. I was secretly hoping he'd go ahead and shoot Terry.

    As evidenced in the picture above, Hubert was also a great humanitarian.
    He and Fats Loved playing each other and Fatty would drive to Evansville IN & play there. Hube, he took Nick V. under wing during the latter Jansco days. Interesting the humanitarian side of Hubert, Fats was the ultimate Humanitarian. Here's what Evelyn said, it's quite unbelievable.....but true.
    ''Fats was crazy about animals, he wouldn't kill a fly. He told me a half dozen times at home, ''Evelyn there's a fly in that bathroom'' and he'd tell me how long it had been in there. ''it's been in there three days''. And if he ever goes out of the room don't kill him, don't destroy that fly.
    Last edited by Island Drive; 10-16-2013, 10:53 AM.
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    • #32
      Originally posted by gulfportdoc View Post
      Heh, heh. I too believe that Ervolino should have been in by now. I brought him up for several years, but Beard always talked him down, basically saying that he was a straight pool player. And you know how much sway Fred has in the voting. The other gripe is that reportedly the guys from NYC would never bet it up.

      I'd also like to see Cokes and Clem Metz in there. But my guess is that if they do get in it'll be a few years down the road when many realize that we haven't yet got all the deserving old-timers inducted. Many of the younger guys are always going to go for the recent marquee names. It's a popularity contest, as it is with the baseball All Star game.

      Jay Helfert would be a good pick in the promoter category. Steve Booth should also go in under that category, but his WASPy insistence against self-promotion will likely cause him to decline the honor until he's much older.

      Cliff will most likely go in this year; especially so since Daulton went in before Cliff-- last year.

      ~Doc
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      • #33
        Originally posted by gulfportdoc View Post
        Heh, heh. I too believe that Ervolino should have been in by now. I brought him up for several years, but Beard always talked him down, basically saying that he was a straight pool player. And you know how much sway Fred has in the voting. The other gripe is that reportedly the guys from NYC would never bet it up.

        I'd also like to see Cokes and Clem Metz in there. But my guess is that if they do get in it'll be a few years down the road when many realize that we haven't yet got all the deserving old-timers inducted. Many of the younger guys are always going to go for the recent marquee names. It's a popularity contest, as it is with the baseball All Star game.

        Jay Helfert would be a good pick in the promoter category. Steve Booth should also go in under that category, but his WASPy insistence against self-promotion will likely cause him to decline the honor until he's much older.

        Cliff will most likely go in this year; especially so since Daulton went in before Cliff-- last year.

        ~Doc
        It aint like Johnny and I were enemies. When he came to Chicago we would hang out together. We were good friends and he owes me as much as probably anybody else. Johnny was a great pool player, but I can honestly say, and for whatever reason, I never seen him play a game of Onepocket with a good player for good money.
        I am not knocking him, I am just trying to maintain the integrity of the Hall of Fame. I could certainly see him being elected, but not before the likes of Hubert Cokes or Clem Metz, or even my mentor Gene Skinner (the only man to beat Mosconi playing Onepocket), and what about Marcel Camp?

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        • #34
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          Originally posted by SJDinPHX View Post
          Mr. Cokes would be in the deceased category..hard to believe he is not already in !..Cliff would be in the 'still alive' group, hence no competition there !

          Even though, (as Red Card pointed out) Mr Coke's would need to stick to 'Elk's Club members,' in order to give up the '8 no-count game',.. he was a life long solid player, and promoter/ ambassador of the game !

          IMHO I think Cliff deserves the nod (for above ground guy's) as he has been a huge force in the game, for several decades now !..As for other choices, I would also like to see Henderson, or 'Little Al' get in, for the obvious reasons !

          SJD
          I should clarify that I didn't say or imply that Hubert would need to 'stick to the Elks Club members' to give up the 8/no count spot. I wrote, 'He gave several people that game at the Elks in Evansville through the years'. That was his room, it is where he held court. A lot of players came to the Elks to play him. As Island Drive noted, Fats visited often. Maybe Cokes gave a fellow Elk 8/no count at some other venue but I doubt it.

          Could be he gave a brother Elk that spot somewhere and it wasn't an Elk after all but maybe a moose, a wise old owl or even that Geico commercial camel that keeps asking what day it is.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by fred bentivegna View Post
            not before the likes of Hubert Cokes or Clem Metz, or even my mentor Gene Skinner (the only man to beat Mosconi playing Onepocket), and what about Marcel Camp?

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            Marcel Camp was labeled "a young phenom" when he beat Greenleaf twice playing straight pool in 1929.
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            • #36
              Originally posted by androd View Post
              Marcel Camp was labeled "a young phenom" when he beat Greenleaf twice playing straight pool in 1929.
              Rod.
              You sure, Rod? I think he only beat him the first time and then never won another game. He told me after beating Greenleaf, the other guys never left him anything to shoot at and they just suffocated him, and I think he said he never won another match that tournament. Of course he told me all this 50 years ago and my memory may be a little off.

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              • #37
                2013 One Pocket HOF Call for Nominations

                I like cliff too. I'd really like to see a cliff Joyner interview on onepocket.org

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                • #38
                  Al 'NY Blackie' Bonife

                  Im a nobody but....a really good pool player said his best friend was Blackie and he was an incredible One Pocket player.

                  NY Blackie

                  Who of the people that everyone has nominationed could beat him?

                  Ken

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Ken_4fun View Post
                    Im a nobody but....a really good pool player said his best friend was Blackie and he was an incredible One Pocket player.

                    NY Blackie

                    Who of the people that everyone has nominationed could beat him?

                    Ken
                    When I first moved to New Orleans in 1990 there was a NY Blackie there. Was that the same guy? Also Earl Heslier(sp?) was in New Orleans. I didn't play 1p then so I missed out then.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by jtompilot View Post
                      When I first moved to New Orleans in 1990 there was a NY Blackie there. Was that the same guy? Also Earl Heslier(sp?) was in New Orleans. I didn't play 1p then so I missed out then.
                      Yes he lived there for a few years.

                      Ken

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Ken_4fun View Post
                        Im a nobody but....a really good pool player said his best friend was Blackie and he was an incredible One Pocket player.

                        NY Blackie

                        Who of the people that everyone has nominationed could beat him?

                        Ken


                        It wasn't Buddy Hall was it??
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Jimmy B View Post
                          It wasn't Buddy Hall was it??
                          maybe....

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                          • #43
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                            Originally posted by Jimmy B View Post
                            It wasn't Buddy Hall was it??
                            He was here for a tournament or something at Nick Varner's room back in the early '90s. Some guy came up to the bar and introduced himself and Buddy looked at him, stuck out his hand and said, 'Buddy Hall, Best of 'Em All'.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Ken_4fun View Post
                              Im a nobody but....a really good pool player said his best friend was Blackie and he was an incredible One Pocket player.

                              NY Blackie

                              Who of the people that everyone has nominationed could beat him?

                              Ken
                              Probably all of them. Blackie was a great 9 ball player, Onepocket was his worst game.

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                              • #45
                                didnt jimmy reid play one pocket.

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