Author Archives

  • Rack ’em up with Jaffar ‘Patch Eye’ Basheer

    Jaffar Basheer is a living example that you do not need to set aside your deeply held values when you enter a poolroom. Born Henry Burnett, Jaffar converted to Islam back in the 50’s. Of course he is best known today as ‘Patch Eye’, having lost an eye in an auto accident in 1958.

  • Chris Bartram Wins the 2007 Louie Roberts Award

    Chris Bartram in action 2007 Louie Roberts Action/Entertainment Award Winner In a year where the event was packed with the most highly touted stone cold action monsters from around the globe, picking a winner for the 2007 Derby City Classic “St Louis” Louis Roberts Action and Entertainment Award proved to be a thrilling ride. The sweators […]

  • The 9th Annual Derby City Classic

    Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes was once again the star of the show of the ever bigger and better Derby City Classic that just wrapped up its 9th year in Louisville, Ky. With the faultering of the International Pool Tour, top players came from all over to take their chance in this premier event, with over four […]

  • 2007 One Pocket Hall of Fame Dinner

    Members of the late Melvin Brook’s family were on hand to accept his honor of induction into the One Pocket Hall of Fame Congratulations to our new Hall of Fame inductees! It was somewhat of a family night as a full house gathered in Louisville for the third annual One Pocket Hall of Fame dinner […]

  • The 2006 Hall of Fame Voting is in! is proud to announce the winners in this year’s Hall of Fame voting. Leading the class in One Pocket is the great all-around player John ‘Rags’ Fitzpatrick. His untimely death in 1960, just one year before Johnston City, kept him out of the spotlight enjoyed by his peers during the pool renaissance of the […]

  • Rack ’em up with Grady ‘The Professor’ Mathews

    The name Grady Mathews is almost synonomous with One Pocket. For years, he has been the leading One Pocket tournament promoter and instructor, its most vocal supporter, and one of the game’s top players . All of which helped earn his election into the One Pocket Hall of Fame, on the very top of the […]

  • Javanley Washington

    Photo courtesy Sylvester Duncan Born Javanley Washington July 19th, 1926 in Arkansas. As a youngster he developed into a very strong player, hence the nickname, ‘Youngblood’. Often affectionately shortened by his friends to just ‘Blood’. Youngblood was a proud and dignified player who would rather challenge the best, and play his best, than set-up a […]

  • Vernon Elliott

    Vernon Elliott in good spirits after his induction into our Hall of Fame for Bank Pool Diana Hoppe photo Vernon Elliott, like fellow Legend of Bank Pool, the late ‘Cornbread Red‘, is a tough country bred Kentucky road player from the old school. Except unlike Red, Vernon completely shunned the publicity of tournaments, never once playing in […]

  • John Chapman

    Photo courtesy Fred Bentivegna A great banker, John ‘Cannonball’ Chapman possessed with one of the most powerful strokes in the history of the game. He reportedly got his nickname from Fats, because of his preference for firing his long banks in with such explosive power. Ray Booth, a fellow road player, was so impressed that […]

  • Hayden Lingo

    Reportedly Hayden Lingo is second from left, middle row. Although captioned “First Tournament” 1961 in the 1969 Johnston City program, this photo was actually taken later, probably in 1963. Often cited as ‘the man that invented One Pocket’, it is more likely that he was just such a strong early practitioner of the game that he and […]