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The hustler & the champ : Willie Mosconi, Minnesota Fats, and the rivalry that defined pool

Author: R A Dyer
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Huslter and the Champ tells of both men's hardscrabble march to greatness, of their bitter decades-long rivalry, and finally of the televised shoot-out that revealed pocket billiards to millions even as it exposed the deep contradictions within all of organized competition. Through the 1920s, the Great Depression, and the resurgent 1960s, R.A. Dryer follows the lives of both men and tells the story of America's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Willie Mosconi; Minnesota Fats; Minnesota Fats; Willie Mosconi
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R A Dyer
ISBN: 1592288839 9781592288830
OCLC Number: 137246020
Description: x, 309 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1 The Champ 1 --
Chapter 2 The Usurpers 3 --
Chapter 3 The TV Disaster 11 --
Chapter 4 The Kingdom 19 --
Chapter 5 Odysseus and Eurymachus 31 --
Chapter 6 Roadmen 35 --
Chapter 7 A Nation of Rottweilers 39 --
Chapter 8 Creation Myth 51 --
Chapter 9 Fats Versus Willie, Round 1 57 --
Chapter 10 Jawing the Yellow Ball 67 --
Chapter 11 Wide World of Sports 77 --
Chapter 12 Ralph and Willie 83 --
Chapter 13 The Trickster 93 --
Chapter 14 The Prophet 101 --
Chapter 15 Wagers Made with Suckers 111 --
Chapter 16 Hermes and Krishna 117 --
Chapter 17 The Best Trick Yet 123 --
Chapter 18 Duty and Responsibility 129 --
Chapter 19 The Fats & Willie Show 139 --
Chapter 20 Fats's No. 1 Helper 147 --
Chapter 21 Penelope and Ithaca 151 --
Chapter 22 Records 159 --
Chapter 23 Polsky's Lament 167 --
Chapter 24 The Bite Artist 173 --
Chapter 25 The Stroke 177 --
Chapter 26 The Hustler 189 --
Chapter 27 Hustlers and Scufflers 199 --
Chapter 28 Willie's Trap 209 --
Chapter 29 Three Weeks in Johnston City 213 --
Chapter 30 The Death of Willie's Game 221 --
Chapter 31 1978 229 --
Chapter 32 The Great Shoot-Out 235 --
Chapter 33 Behind the Eight-Ball 243 --
Chapter 34 Willie and the Trickster 249.
Other Titles: Hustler and the champ
Responsibility: R.A. Dyer.
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The Huslter and the Champ tells of both men's hardscrabble march to greatness, of their bitter decades-long rivalry, and finally of the televised shoot-out that revealed pocket billiards to millions even as it exposed the deep contradictions within all of organized competition. Through the 1920s, the Great Depression, and the resurgent 1960s, R.A. Dryer follows the lives of both men and tells the story of America's conflicted love affair with the sport of rogues.

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