Ed Kelly

  • The One Pocket Hall of Fame

    Is pleased to honor

    Ed ‘Champagne Eddie’ Kelly

    For his Outstanding Contribution to the Legacy of The Game of One Pocket
  • Name: Ed Kelly
    NicknameChampagne Eddie
    From: Waterbury, CT
    Born: May 17, 1938
    Elected Year: 2005

from an old copy of
The National Billiard News
Photo courtesy Conrad Burkman

‘Champagne Eddie’ Kelly was born May 17th, 1938 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and it was in Waterbury that he first began to wander into the local poolroom. He found a natural calling for the game, which led him to start a little hustling by the time he was fourteen. After a stint in the Marine Corps, Eddie began to take his game on the road. Around that time he was one of the ‘undiscovered’ players that Titanic Thompson steered around, but it was later road trips with Ronnie Allen that really brought his One Pocket game to a peak.

He captured his first One Pocket title in Johnston City in 1966. In ‘71 Eddie won the One Pocket division in Freddy Whalen’s Los Angeles World’s Tournament, which was one of the richest tournaments in pool at that time. A very strong all-around player, he captured numerous 9-Ball and Straight Pool titles as well, and was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame in 2003.
In ’93 he came out of retirement to win the Legends of One Pocket tournament in Las Vegas over a huge field of 111 players, which was the largest One Pocket event ever until the Derby City Classic came along.

  • Ed Kelly was presented with his One Pocket Hall of Fame plaque at a special gathering of legendary road players organized by Diana Hoppe at the close of the 2008 Derby City Classic
    Photo courtesy Diana Hoppe

  • Ed came out of retirement and snapped off the title at
    Grady Mathews World One Pocket tournament in 1993

  • Ed Kelly flanked by the late UJ Puckett (in hat) and fellow One Pocket Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Allen (with cue in hand)
    Photo courtesy Mike Haines & Bill Porter