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Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool

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Minnesota Fats was a brilliant pool player, but he was even better at lying about his past. Wimpy Lassiter, the gentleman hustler, started playing at age seven, and for the rest of his life lived for the rush of victory and high stakes. Violent and determined, Jersey Red made and lost a fortune at the table.

With a passion for the game evident on every page, R.A. DYER takes us through the smoky bars and late nights where a win was just as dangerous as a loss. He captures the game's popularity in the thirties, its dark days in the fifties, and its renaissance and apex in the sixties, fueled by the smashing success of Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason going toe-to-toe in The Hustler. It was an era that culminated in the legendary nationally televised tournaments in Little Egypt, Illinois, where Jersey Red and Wimpy Lassiter went at it for hours. And it was an era that ended in perhaps the most dramatic scene in all of pool. Just as Jersey Red beat Wimpy Lassiter in 1969, after a decade of bitter rivalry, the police shut down the tournament. Cameras in tow, they arrested eighty hustlers--including the new champion!

From Fats's first showdown--in Brooklyn, with a Texas-style gunslinger in cowboy boots and revolvers--to world championship clashes, HUSTLER DAYS is a rollicking portrait of one of our national treasures.

Synopsis:

A rollicking portrait of the kings of the cues

About the Author

R. A. DYER is a regular contributor to the nation's premier pool magazine, Billiards Digest. He spent over four years researching this book, and conducted more than one hundred interviews. He is currently statehouse reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and before that, was a reporter for The Houston Chronicle, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592281046
Subtitle:
Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool
Publisher:
Lyons Press <DIV>R. A. DYER is a regular contributor to the nation's premier pool magazine, <i>Billiards Digest.</i> He spent over four years researching this book, and conducted more than one hundred interviews. He is currently statehouse reporter
Author:
Dyer, R. A.
Location:
Guilford, Conn.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Billiard players
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
General Games
Subject:
Pool, Billiards, Snooker
Subject:
Billiard players - United States
Subject:
Minnesota Fats
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
First
Series Volume:
108-52
Publication Date:
20031101
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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