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Like Jimbob, I enjoy a trip into the past from time to time. Thanks to a post made on a pool board I go to...this was brought to my attention. The 1966 straight pool championship brought to you in living black and white. Two greats of straight pool, Joe Balsis and Irving Crane. A breathless commentator explaining the game of straight pool to ignoramus types like me who were cutting their teeth on small coin op tables playing 8 ball.

Old school pool at it's best, on the slow cloth of the time using the best custom cues of the time. Crane shot with a real Balabushka, not the replica of a Balabushka shown in the "Color of Money" movie. Just solid maple shafts, with single layered water buffalo tips...none of the cue trickery of carbon fiber and layered pigskin tips used today. Pure talent on display. Players and audience alike dressed in go to church clothing. How they shot so well wearing suit jackets I'll never know..

Straight pool is gentleman's pool...true "pocket billiards" if you will. The game played by Jackie Gleason & Paul Newman in the movie "The Hustler".

So, do you like videos of a perfect game in baseball? How about a perfect game being the 7th game of a world series? Here it is in Pocket Billiards...in a one hour video.

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