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THE HUSTLER AND THE CHAMP
THE HUSTLER AND THE CHAMP


 
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It was Valentine's Day, 1978, and Howard Cosell was hosting the long-awaited show-down between the best-ever tournament player, Willie Mosconi, and the game's most famous hustler, Minnesota Fats. This was The Great Pool Shoot-Out, one of the most highly rated televised sporting events of the year. In this book, R.A. Dyer writes about this acrid, but mutually beneficial rivalry between Fats and Mosconi, and how the televised shoot-outs came to embody that rivalry, which was a bitter rift within the soul of American pocket billiards. They were born the same year, but were vastly different characters. One stood for artistry, the other for show business. One brought dignity to pool, the other made it fun. Hardcover only.

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