The History

of
American
Pocket Billiards
The Champions
The Tournament History
Challenges – League Play – Tours

January 1920 – December 1929
By: Charles J. Ursitti
June 22, 2006

October 18 – Nov 5, 1920
National Pocket Billiard Tournament
Strauss Auditorium – 116 West Madison Street - Chicago, IL
Game: 14.1
Match: 125 Points
Field:12
Format: Round Robin
Purse: $
Sanction:
Top three finishers qualify to meet Ralph Greenleaf for World Title
Players

W

L

HR

BG

TP

OP

TI

BPI

1. Arthur Woods
2. Walter Franklin
3. James Maturo
4. William D. Ricketts
5. Clarence Safford
6. Bert T. Rhines
7. Charles Seaback
8. Orville Nelson
9. Charles Weston
10. Erwin Rudolph
11. James E. McCoy
12. Mathew A. Long

10
9
8
8
6
6
5
5
4
3
2
0

1
2
3
3
5
5
6
6
7
8
9
11

31
50
41
54
54
40
40
49
36
43
40
16

11
12
14
11
18
18
14
24
34
16
16
---

1322
1332
1325
1298
1188
1163
1152
1124
1143
1041
837
624

927
1107
999
1004
1084
1024
1089
1216
1218
1249
1256
1375

255
350
338
390
316
360
390
366
422
290
281
277

5.184 1000
3.805
3.920 700
3.328 500
3.759
3.230
2.953
3.071
2.708
3.589
2.978
2.252

High Run:
Best Game:

Prize Gate

Clarence Safford
54
Arthur Woods & William D. Ricketts – 11 innings

Referees:

Al Mannasau
J. Herbert Levis

Schedule:

2 Afternoon Games & 2 Evening Games

Admission:

Afternoon:
Evening:

General Admission - $ .50
General Admission - $ .75

Player

Age

Hometown

Arthur Woods
Walter Franklin
James Maturo
William D. Ricketts
Bert T. Rhines
Charles Seaback
Clarence Stafford
Erwin Rudolph
Orville Nelson
Charles Weston
James E. McCoy
Mathew A. Long

26
27
44

Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
Denver, CO
Flint, MI
Akron, OH
Torrington, CT
Chicago, IL
Sayre, PA
Rochester, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Richmond, VA
Los Angles, CA

28
25
24
46

Title

Nickname

Hand
RH
RH
RH

New England Champ

Syrian Kid

RH

Rudy

RH

Former World Champ Cowboy
Southern Pocket Champ

(2)

RH
RH
RH

1920 – National Championship Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

October 18
Monday

Walter Franklin
Arthur Woods

125
125

27
25

34
29

vs
vs

James Maturo
Charles Weston

118
86

17
17

34
29

October 19
Tuesday

William D. Ricketts
Bert T. Rhines
Charles Seaback
Arthur Woods

125
125
125
125

31
31
24
29

23
28
30
22

vs
vs
vs
vs

Mathew A. Long
Erwin Rudolph
James E. McCoy
Clarence Safford

26
86
100
98

7
22
19
22

22
27
29
23

October 20
Wednesday

William D. Ricketts
James Maturo
Orville Nelson
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125
125

14
39
19
25

50
22
59
34

vs
vs
vs
vs

Orville Nelson
Mathew A. Long
Charles Weston
Mathew A. Long

87
66
91
95

15
13
17
13

49
22
59
35

October 21
Thursday

Orville Nelson
Walter Franklin
Charles Weston
James Maturo

125
125
125
125

20
16
17
41

28
31
37
26

vs
vs
vs
vs

James E. McCoy
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Erwin Rudolph

109
102
48
75

22
16
12
29

28
30
36
25

October 22
Friday

James E. McCoy
Charles Weston
Bert T. Rhines
Clarence Safford

125
125
125
125

40
20
23
18

16
41
26
40

vs
vs
vs
vs

Mathew A. Long
Charles Seaback
James E. McCoy
Mathew A. Long

30
71
35
77

10
15
13
12

15
41
26
39

October 23
Saturday

Orville Nelson
William D. Ricketts
Arthur Woods
Bert T. Rhines

125
125
125
125

23
18
23
40

25
30
23
26

vs
vs
vs
vs

Mathew A. Long
Clarence Safford
Mathew A. Long
Charles Weston

55
84
51
32

13
14
15
9

25
29
23
26

39
18
21
26

14
42
18
14

vs
vs
vs
vs

Mathew A. Long
Clarence Safford
Mathew A. Long
Clarence Safford

26
97
48
55

9
19
15
16

13
41
17
13

44
57
30
26

vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Weston
Charles Seaback
Erwin Rudolph
Orville Nelson

101
109
82
121

October 24
Sunday

No Games Schedule

October 25
Monday

Charles Seaback
Walter Franklin
Bert T. Rhines
James Maturo

125
125
125
125

October 26
Tuesday

James E. McCoy
William D. Ricketts
Clarence Safford
Walter Franklin

125
125
125
125

27
28
26
34

(3)

14
17
26
49

44
56
29
26

1920 – National Championship Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological continued …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

October 27
Wednesday

William D. Ricketts
Charles Seaback
Clarence Safford
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125
125

23
36
23
23

37
28
25
16

vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Weston
Orville Nelson
James E. McCoy
Arthur Woods

122
56
35
72

30
11
7
28

36
28
25
15

October 28
Thursday

Clarence Safford
Erwin Rudolph
James Maturo
Arthur Woods

125
125
125
125

54
26
26
28

18
23
50
22

vs
vs
vs
vs

Bert T. Rhines
James E. McCoy
Charles Weston
Charles Seaback

43
81
93
99

15
32
14
16

18
22
50
21

October 29
Friday

William D. Ricketts
Charles Seaback
Charles Weston
James Maturo

125
125
125
125

54
20
26
27

26
53
35
32

vs
vs
vs
vs

James E. McCoy
Bert T. Rhines
Walter Franklin
Orville Nelson

50
121
107
67

13
28
38
11

26
53
34
32

October 30
Saturday

Arthur Woods
Walter Franklin
Clarence Safford
Charles Seaback

125
125
125
125

26
50
33
21

18
12
33
31

vs
vs
vs
vs

Orville Nelson
James E. McCoy
Charles Weston
Erwin Rudolph

70
64
118
36

19
22
36
28

17
12
33
30

October 31
Sunday

No Games Scheduled

November 1
Monday

Charles Weston
James Maturo
Orville Nelson
Walter Franklin

125
125
125
125

19
15
26
22

34
53
24
50

vs
vs
vs
vs

Erwin Rudolph
James E. McCoy
Clarence Safford
William D. Ricketts

117
103
104
106

24
29
30
22

33
53
24
50

November 2
Tuesday

Clarence Safford
Arthur Woods
Bert T. Rhines
William D. Ricketts

125
125
125
125

19
25
14
32

40
11
54
11

vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Seaback
James E. McCoy
Orville Nelson
Erwin Rudolph

106
10
98
49

24
7
18
20

39
10
53
10

November 3
Wednesday

Orville Nelson
James Maturo
Walter Franklin
Arthur Woods

125
125
125
125

33
29
29
30

25
41
39
36

vs
vs
vs
vs

Erwin Rudolph
Charles Seaback
Erwin Rudolph
Bert T. Rhines

107
74
114
80

43
14
18
19

25
40
38
36

November 4
Thursday

Walter Franklin
William D. Ricketts
Bert T. Rhines
Arthur Woods

125
125
125
125

34
25
15
17

38
54
24
36

vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Seaback
Bert E. Rhines
James Maturo
William D. Ricketts

68
102
100
101

13
27
19
19

37
53
24
36

(4)

1920 – National Championship Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological continued …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

November 5
Friday

Walter Franklin
Arthur Woods
James Maturo
Arthur Woods

125
125
125
125

39
29
34
31

25
26
16
18

vs
vs
vs
vs

Bert T. Rhines
James Maturo
William D. Ricketts
Walter Franklin

67
107
91
100

20
33
22
27

24
25
16
18

(5)

1920 – National Championship Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

October 18
October 21
October 25
October 26
October 29
October 30
November 1
November 3
November 4
November 5
November 5

Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin

October 19
October 20
October 20
October 21
October 21
October 22
October 22
October 23
October 23
October 25
October 25

125
125
125
125
107
125
125
125
125
125
100

26
16
18
34
38
50
22
29
34
39
27

35
31
42
26
34
12
50
39
38
25
18

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

James Maturo
Mathew A. Long
Clarence Safford
Orville Nelson
Charles Weston
James E. McCoy
William D. Ricketts
Erwin Rudolph
Charles Seaback
Bert T. Rhines
Arthur Woods

Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long
Mathew A. Long

26
66
95
102
48
30
77
55
51
26
48

7
13
13
16
12
10
12
13
15
9
15

22
22
35
30
36
15
39
25
23
13
17

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

October 19
October 21
October 22
October 22
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 29
October 30
November 1
November 2

James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy
James E. McCoy

100
109
125
35
125
35
81
50
64
103
10

20
22
40
13
27
7
32
13
22
29
7

29
28
16
26
44
25
22
26
12
53
10

October 18
October 20
October 21
October 25
October 28
October 29
November 1
November 3
November 4
November 5
November 5

James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo

118
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
100
107
125

18
39
41
26
26
27
15
29
19
33
34

35
22
26
14
50
32
53
41
24
25
16

(6)

HR

IN

118
102
97
121
125
64
106
114
68
67
125

18
16
19
49
26
22
22
18
13
20
31

35
30
41
26
35
12
50
38
37
24
18

William D. Rickets
James Maturo
Erwin Rudolph
Walter Franklin
Charles Weston
James E. McCoy
Clarence Safford
Orville Nelson
Arthur Woods
Charles Seaback
Bert T. Rhines

125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125

32
39
25
16
17
40
18
23
28
39
21

23
22
34
31
37
16
40
25
23
14
18

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Seaback
Orville Nelson
Mathew A. Long
Bert T. Rhines
Charles Weston
Clarence Safford
Erwin Rudolph
William D. Ricketts
Walter Franklin
James Maturo
Arthur Woods

125
125
30
125
101
125
125
125
125
125
125

40
20
10
23
14
23
26
54
50
15
25

30
28
15
26
14
25
23
26
12
53
11

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Walter Franklin
Mathew A. Long
Erwin Rudolph
Clarence Safford
Charles Weston
Orville Nelson
James E. McCoy
Charles Seaback
Bert T. Rhines
Arthur Woods
William D. Ricketts

125
66
75
55
93
67
103
74
125
125
91

26
13
29
16
14
11
29
14
15
29
22

35
22
25
13
50
32
53
40
24
26
16

1920 – National Championship Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical cont …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

October 20
October 20
October 21
October 23
October 26
October 27
October 29
October 30
November 1
November 2
November 3

Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson
Orville Nelson

October 19
October 22
October 23
October 25
October 28
October 29
November 2
November 3
November 4
November 4
November 5

87
125
125
125
121
56
67
70
125
98
125

15
19
20
23
49
11
11
19
26
18
33

49
59
28
25
26
28
32
17
24
53
25

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

William D. Rickets
Charles Weston
James E. McCoy
Mathew A. Long
Walter Franklin
Charles Seaback
James Maturo
Arthur Woods
Clarence Safford
Bert T. Rhines
Erwin Rudolph

Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines
Bert T. Rhines

125
125
125
125
43
121
125
80
102
125
67

31
23
40
21
14
28
14
19
27
15
20

28
26
26
18
18
53
54
36
53
24
24

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

October 19
October 20
October 23
October 26
October 27
October 29
November 1
November 2
November 4
November 4
November 5

William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets
William D. Rickets

125
125
125
125
125
125
106
125
125
101
91

32
14
27
28
23
54
22
32
25
19
22

23
50
30
57
37
26
50
11
54
36
16

October 19
October 20
October 21
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 30
November 1
November 2
November 3
November 3

Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph

86
125
75
82
125
125
36
117
49
107
114

23
25
29
26
23
26
28
24
20
43
18

27
34
25
29
16
23
30
33
10
25
38

(7)

HR

IN

125
91
109
55
125
125
125
125
104
125
107

14
17
22
13
34
36
27
26
30
14
43

50
59
28
25
26
28
32
18
24
54
25

Erwin Rudolph
James E. McCoy
Charles Weston
Mathew A. Long
Clarence Safford
Charles Seaback
Orville Nelson
Arthur Woods
William D. Ricketts
James Maturo
Walter Franklin

86
35
32
48
125
125
98
125
125
100
125

23
13
9
15
26
20
18
30
25
19
39

27
26
26
17
23
53
53
36
54
24
25

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Mathew A. Long
Orville Nelson
Clarence Safford
Charles Seaback
Charles Weston
James E. McCoy
Walter Franklin
Erwin Rudolph
Bert T. Rhines
Arthur Woods
James Maturo

26
87
84
109
122
50
125
49
102
125
125

7
15
14
17
30
13
22
20
27
17
34

22
49
29
56
36
26
50
10
53
36
16

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Bert T. Rhines
Mathew A. Long
James Maturo
Clarence Safford
Arthur Woods
James E. McCoy
Charles Seaback
Charles Weston
William D. Ricketts
Orville Nelson
Walter Franklin

125
95
125
125
72
81
125
125
125
125
125

31
13
41
26
28
32
21
19
32
33
29

28
35
26
30
15
22
31
34
11
25
39

1920 National Championship Tournament – game by game – Chronological/Alphabetical cont …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

October 19
October 22
October 23
October 25
October 25
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 30
November 1
November 2

Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford
Clarence Safford

October 19
October 22
October 25
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 29
October 30
November 2
November 3
November 4

98
125
84
97
55
125
125
125
125
104
125

22
18
14
19
16
26
23
54
33
30
19

23
40
29
41
13
30
25
18
33
24
40

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Arthur Woods
Mathew A. Long
William D. Ricketts
Walter Franklin
James Maturo
Erwin Rudolph
James E. McCoy
Bert T. Rhines
Charles Weston
Orville Nelson
Charles Seaback

Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback
Charles Seaback

125
71
125
109
125
99
125
125
106
74
68

40
15
39
17
36
16
20
21
24
14
13

30
41
14
56
28
21
53
31
39
40
37

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

October 18
October 20
October 21
October 22
October 23
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 29
October 30
November 1

Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston
Charles Weston

86
91
125
125
32
101
122
93
125
118
125

14
17
17
20
9
14
30
14
26
36
19

27
59
37
41
26
44
36
50
35
33
34

October 18
October 19
October 23
October 27
October 28
October 30
November 2
November 3
November 4
November 5
November 5

Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods

125
125
125
72
125
125
125
125
125
125
125

25
29
28
28
28
26
25
30
17
29
31

27
23
23
15
22
18
11
36
36
26
18

(8)

HR

IN

125
77
125
125
125
82
35
43
118
125
106

29
12
27
18
26
26
7
14
36
26
24

23
39
30
42
14
29
25
18
33
24
39

James E. McCoy
Charles Weston
Mathew A. Long
William D. Ricketts
Orville Nelson
Arthur Woods
Bert T. Rhines
Erwin Rudolph
Clarence Safford
James Maturo
Walter Franklin

100
125
26
125
56
125
121
36
125
125
125

20
20
9
28
11
28
28
28
19
29
34

29
41
13
57
28
22
53
30
40
41
38

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Arthur Woods
Orville Nelson
Mathew A. Long
Charles Seaback
Bert T. Rhines
James E. McCoy
William D. Ricketts
James Maturo
Walter Franklin
Clarence Safford
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
48
71
125
125
125
125
107
125
117

25
19
12
15
40
27
23
26
38
33
24

27
59
36
41
26
44
37
50
34
33
33

vs
vs
vs
cs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Weston
Clarence Safford
Mathew A. Long
Erwin Rudolph
Charles Seaback
Orville Nelson
James E. McCoy
Bert T. Rhines
William D. Rickets
James Maturo
Walter Franklin

86
98
51
125
99
70
10
80
101
107
100

14
22
15
23
16
19
7
19
19
33
27

27
23
23
16
21
17
10
36
36
25
18

November 8 – 10, 1920
World Championship Tournament
Strauss Auditorium – 116 West Madison Street - Chicago, IL
Game: 14.1
Match: 125 points
Field: 4
Format: Round Robin
Purse: $3250 – Winner would receive a salary of $2400
Sanction:
Player

W

L

HR

BG

TP

OP

TI

BPI

1.
2.
3.
4.

3
2
1
0

0
1
2
3

47
35
31
21

16
24
16
---

375
305
274
145

130
297
297
375

67
86
62
66

5.597 1500
3.546 1000
4.419 500
2.197 250

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods
James Maturo
Walter Franklin

High Run:
Best Game:

Ralph Greenleaf
47
Ralph Greenleaf & James Maturo 16 innings

Referees:

Al Mannasau
J. Herbert Levis

Prize Gate

Note: The tournament was designed to have Ralph Greenleaf meet the top three finishers of the
National Tournament, which took place from Oct 17 – Nov 5. The order of finish in the
National Tournament was Arthur Woods, Walter Franklin and James Maturo.

Player

`Age

Hometown

Titles

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods
James Maturo
Walter Franklin

21
26
44
27

Monmouth, IL
Minneapolis, MN
Denver, CO
Kansas City, MO

1919 Defending Champ Mr. Pocket Billiards
1920 National Champ
1920 National 3rd Place
1920 National Runner-up

(9)

Nickname

Hand
RH
RH
RH
RH

November 1920 - World Tournament - Game by Game – Chronological Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

November 8
Friday

Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf

November 9
Saturday

November 10
Sunday

HR

IN

125
125

34
47

24
20

vs
vs

James Maturo
Walter Franklin

105
31

31
10

23
19

James Maturo
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125

25
35

16
16

vs
vs

Walter Franklin
James Maturo

47
44

11
13

16
15

Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125

35
18

31
31

vs
vs

Walter Franklin
Arthur Woods

67
55

21
21

31
31

HR

IN

November 1920 – World Tournament - Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

November 8
November 9
November 10

Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin

31
47
67

10
11
21

19
16
31

vs
vs
vs

Ralph Greenleaf
James Maturo
Arthur Woods

125
125
125

47
25
35

20
16
31

November 8
November 9
November 10

Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125

47
35
18

20
16
31

vs
vs
vs

Walter Franklin
James Maturo
Arthur Woods

31
44
55

10
13
21

19
15
31

November 8
November 9
November 9

James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo

105
125
44

31
25
13

31
16
15

vs
vs
vs

Arthur Woods
Walter Franklin
Ralph Greenleaf

125
47
125

34
11
35

23
16
16

November 8
November 10
November 10

Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods

125
125
55

34
35
21

24
31
31

vs
vs
vs

James Maturo
Walter Franklin
Ralph Greenleaf

105
67
125

31
21
18

23
31
31

(10)

October 17 – 29, 1921
World Championship Tournament
Hotel Continental – Philadelphia, PA
Game: 14.1
Match: 125 points
Field:10
Format: Round Robin
Purse: $$4000
Sanction: National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)
Player

W

L

HR

BG

TP

OP

TI

BPI

1. Ralph Greenleaf
2. Arthur Woods
3. Thomas A. Hueston
4. Benjamin H. Allen
5. Arthur Church
6. Walter Franklin
7. James Maturo
8. Jerome R. Keogh
9. Michael Kovack
10. William F. DeLaugh

9
7
6
5
5
5
4
2
2
0

0
2
3
4
4
4
5
7
7
9

52
61*
56
50
49
38
44
28
34
22

12
10*
18
24
10*
17
36
32
37
---

1125
1001
992
1046
981
851
964
787
671
511

594
708
742
790
919
929
1027
1008
1087
1125

179
190
217
191
301
274
283
262
296
305

6.284 1200
5.268 1000
4.571 800
5.476 333.33
3.259 333.33
3.105 333.33
3.406
3.003
2.266
1.675

High Run:
Best Game:
Referee:

Arthur Woods
61
Arthur Woods & Benjamin H. Allen

Prize Gate

10 innings

Larry Stoutenburg

Player

Age

Hometown

Titles

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Church
Benjamin H. Allen
Walter Franklin
James Maturo
Jerome R. Keogh
Michael Kovack
William F. DeLangh

21
27
35
27
31
28
35
48

New York City, NY
Minneapolis, MN
Los Angeles, CA
Yonkers, NY
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, MO
New York, NY
Rochester, NY
Trenton, NJ
Philadelphia, PA

Defending Champion
Mr. Pocket Billiards
1920 National Champ
1920 Runner-up
New York State Champ
Former World Champ
1920 3rd place finisher
1920 4th place finisher
Former World Champ
New Jersey State Champ

Player

Date of Birth

Date Died

Palce of Birth

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Church
Benjamin H. Allen
Walter Franklin
James Maturo
Jerome R. Keogh
Michael Kovack
William F. DeLangh

November 03, 1899
March 28, 1894
December 06, 18851
October 03, 1892
April 08, 1890
February 23, 1893
September 14, 1876
May 26, 1873

March 15, 1950

Monmouth, IL
Central Falls, RI
Scranton, PA
Yonkers, NY
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, MO
Papozzo, Italy
Binghamton, NY

November 00, 1936
December 05, 1953

January 12, 1953

(11)

Nickname

Hand
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH

October 1921 – World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

October 17
Monday

Ralph Greenleaf
Jerome R. Keogh

125
125

42
14

29
63

vs
vs

October 18
Tuesday

Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Woods
Arthur Church
James Maturo

125
125
125
125

29
57
25
23

18
12
25
42

October 19
Wednesday

Walter Franklin
Michael Kovach
Benjamin H. Allen
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

38
24
34
48

October 20
Thursday

James Maturo
Arthur Church
Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods

125
125
125
125

October 21
Friday

James Maturo
Walter Franklin
Benjamin H. Allen
Thomas A. Hueston

October 22
Saturday

Benjamin H. Allen
Arthur Church
Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf

October 23
Sunday

Score

HR

IN

Michael Kovach
William F. DeLaugh

34
43

14
12

29
63

vs
vs
vs
vs

William F. DeLaugh
Michael Kovack
Benjamin H. Allen
Walter Franklin

29
63
104
86

6
27
16
16

17
10
26
42

17
66
12
26

vs
vs
vs
vs

Jerome R. Keogh
William F. DeLaugh
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Church

69
105
68
102

16
13
18
20

16
67
12
26

23
50
27
61

36
26
16
10

vs
vs
vs
vs

Benjamin H. Allen
William F. DeLaugh
Jerome R. Keogh
Walter Franklin

122
58
56
9

23
22
28
9

35
25
16
8

125
125
125
125

37
15
33
42

41
52
10
21

vs
vs
vs
vs

William F. DeLaugh
Michael Kovack
Arthur Woods
James Maturo

108
96
55
75

14
17
27
18

40
51
9
20

125
125
125
125

49
16
42

23
41
19
9

vs
vs
vs
vs

Michael Kovack
Jerome R. Keogh
Thomas A. Hueston
Walter Franklin

79
114
86
20

13
14
18

21
42
19
8

No Games Scheduled

October 24
Monday

Arthur Church
Benjamin H. Allen
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Woods

125
125
125
125

26
27
26
29

24
24
21
30

vs
vs
vs
vs

Michael Kovack
William F., DeLaugh
Jerome R. Keogh
William F. DeLaugh

29
55
75
40

11
12
27
8

24
24
20
31

October 25
Tuesday

James Maturo
Walter Franklin
Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

20
30
34
26

36
21
22
21

vs
vs
vs
vs

Michael Kovack
William F. DeLaugh
Jerome R. Keogh
Benjamin H. Allen

86
40
83
77

22
10
22
33

36
20
22
21

October 26
Wednesday

Thomas A. Hueston
Jerome R. Keogh
Walter Franklin
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

56
22
25
52

23
32
53
18

vs
vs
vs
vs

Michael Kovack
James Maturo
Arthur Church
William F. DeLaugh

34
90
106
33

13
36
23
14

22
32
52
18

(12)

October 1921 – World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological Order continued … …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

October 27
Thursday

Thomas A. Hueston
Michael Kovack
Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

29
34
37
26

33
37
25
23

vs
vs
vs
vs

Arthur Church
Jerome R. Keogh
James Maturo
Thomas Hueston

43
107
72
88

14
22
27
31

32
36
25
23

October 28
Friday

Benjamin H. Allen
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

28
22
37
37

15
47
38
12

vs
vs
vs
vs

Jerome R. Keogh
Walter Franklin
Arthur Church
James Maturo

33
111
105
113

13
24
17
44

15
47
37
12

October 29
Saturday

Arthur Church
Walter Franklin
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125

29
29
28

38
26
25

vs
vs
vs

James Maturo
Benjamin H. Allen
Arthur Woods

114
118
71

43
21
17

39
25
25

(13)

October 1921 – World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

October 18
October 19
October 20
October 21
October 22
October 24
October 25
October 28
October 29

Benjamin H. Allen
Benjamin H. Allen
Benjamin H. Allen
Benjamin H. Allen
Benjamin H. Allen
Benjamin H. Allen
Benjamin H. Allen
Benjamin H. Allen
Benjamin H. Allen

October 18
October 19
October 20
October 22
October 24
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 29

104
125
122
125
125
125
77
125
118

16
34
23
33
49
27
33
28
21

26
12
35
10
23
24
21
15
25

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Arthur Church
Thomas A. Hueston
James Maturo
Arthur Woods
Michael Kovack
William F. DeLaugh
Ralph Greenleaf
Jerome R. Keogh
Walter Franklin

Arthur Church
Arthur Church
Arthur Church
Arthur Church
Arthur Church
Arthur Church
Arthur Church
Arthur Church
Arthur Church

125
102
125
125
125
106
43
105
125

25
20
50
16
26
23
14
17
29

25
26
26
41
24
52
32
37
38

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

October 17
October 18
October 19
October 20
October 21
October 24
October 24
October 25
October 26

William F. DeLaugh
William F. DeLaugh
William F. DeLaugh
William F. DeLaugh
William F. DeLaugh
William F. DeLaugh
William F. DeLaugh
William F. DeLaugh
William F. DeLaugh

43
29
105
58
108
55
40
40
33

12
6
13
22
14
12
8
10
14

63
17
67
25
40
24
31
20
18

October 18
October 19
October 20
October 21
October 22
October 25
October 26
October 28
October 29

Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin
Walter Franklin

86
125
9
125
20
125
125
111
125

16
38
9
15

October 17
October 19
October 20
October 22
October 25
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 29

Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125

30
25
24
29

42
48
27
26
52
26
37
28

HR

IN

125
68
125
55
79
55
125
33
125

25
18
20
27
13
12
26
14
29

25
12
36
9
21
24
21
15
26

Benjamin H. Allen
Ralph Greenleaf
William F. DeLaugh
Jerome R. Keogh
Michael Kovack
Walter Franklin
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Woods
James Maturo

104
125
58
114
29
125
125
125
114

16
48
22
14
11
25
29
37
43

26
26
25
42
24
53
33
38
39

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Jerome R. Keogh
Thomas A. Hueston
Michael Kovack
Arthur Church
James Maturo
Benjamin H. Allen
Arthur Woods
Walter Franklin
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125

14
29
24
50
37
27
29
30
52

63
18
66
26
41
24
30
21
18

42
17
8
52
8
21
53
47
26

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

James Maturo
Jerome R. Keogh
Arthur Woods
Michael Kovack
Ralph Greenleaf
William DeLaugh
Arthur Church
Thomas A. Hueston
Benjamin H. Allen

125
69
125
96
125
40
106
125
118

23
16
61
17

42
16
10
51
9
20
52
47
25

29
26
16
9
21
18
23
12
25

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Michael Kovack
Arthur Church
Jerome R. Keogh
Walter Franklin
Benjamin H. Allen
William F. DeLaugh
Thomas A. Hueston
James Maturo
Arthur Woods

34
102
56
20
77
33
88
113
71

(14)

10
23
22
21

14
20
28
33
14
31
44
17

29
26
16
8
21
18
23
12
25

October 1921 – World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order cont … …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

October 18
October 19
October 21
October 22
October 24
October 26
October 27
October 27
October 28

Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston

October 17
October 19
October 20
October 22
October 24
October 25
October 26
October 27
October 28

HR

IN

125
68
125
86
125
125
125
88
125

29
18
42
18
26
56
29
31
22

18
12
21
19
21
23
33
23
47

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

William F. DeLaugh
Benjamin H. Allen
James Maturo
Arthur Woods
Jerome R. Keogh
Michael Kovack
Arthur Church
Ralph Greenleaf
Walter Franklin

29
125
75
125
75
34
43
125
111

6
34
18
42
27
13
14
26
24

17
12
20
19
20
22
32
23
47

Jerome R. Keogh
Jerome R. Keogh
Jerome R. Keogh
Jerome R. Keogh
Jerome R. Keogh
Jerome R. Keogh
Jerome R. Keogh
Jerome R. Keogh
Jerome R. Keogh

125
69
56
114
75
83
125
107
33

14
16
28
14
27
22
22
22
13

63
16
16
42
20
22
32
36
15

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

William F. DeLaugh
Walter Franklin
Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Church
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Woods
James Maturo
Michael Kovack
Benjamin H. Allen

63
125
125
125
125
125
90
125
125

27
24
27
16
26
34
36
34
28

10
66
16
41
21
22
32
37
15

October 17
October 18
October 19
October 21
October 22
October 24
October 25
October 26
October 27

Michael Kovack
Michael Kovack
Michael Kovack
Michael Kovack
Michael Kovack
Michael Kovack
Michael Kovack
Michael Kovack
Michael Kovack

34
63
125
96
79
29
86
34
125

14
27
24
17
13
11
22
12
34

29
10
66
51
21
24
36
22
37

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods
William F. DeLaugh
Walter Franklin
Benjamin H. Allen
Arthur Church
James Maturo
Thomas A. Hueston
Jerome R. Keogh

125
125
105
125
125
125
125
125
107

42
29
13
15
49
26
20
56
22

29
12
67
52
23
24
36
23
36

October 18
October 20
October 21
October 21
October 25
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 29

James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo
James Maturo

125
125
125
75
125
90
72
113
114

23
20
37
18
20
36
27
44
43

42
36
41
20
36
32
25
12
39

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Walter Franklin
Benjamin H. Allen
William F. DeLaugh
Thomas A. Hueston
Michael Kovack
Jerome R. Keogh
Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Church

86
122
108
125
86
125
125
125
125

16
23
14
42
22
22
37
37
29

42
25
40
21
36
32
25
12
38

October 18
October 20
October 21
October 22
October 24
October 25
October 27
October 28
October 29

Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods

125
125
55
125
125
125
125
125
71

57
61
27
42
29
34
37
37
17

12
10
9
19
30
22
25
38
25

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Michael Kovack
Walter Franklin
Benjamin H. Allen
Thomas A. Hueston
William F. DeLaugh
Jerome R. Keogh
James Maturo
Arthur Church
Ralph Greenleaf

63
9
125
86
40
83
72
105
125

27
9
33
18
8
22
27
17
28

10
8
10
19
31
22
25
37
25

(15)

December 21 – 23, 1921
World Championship Challenge Match
Grand Ball Room - Hotel Astor – New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 150 points nightly over 3 days
Purse: $1000 – plus net gate receipts and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods

Defending Champion
Challenger (Runner-up)
Defends Title

450
277

157
133

450
277

148
86

145
58

Score HR

IN

vs

December 21 Greenleaf
Wednesday

157

22

33

December 22
Thursday

148

56

December 23
Friday

145

36

Total
Innings
BPI

450
99
4.55

Date

Player

Referee:

Jerome R. Keogh

Evening:

Start – 8:30pm

Seating:

1000

Player

Score HR

IN

Woods

133

41

32

36

86

23

34

30

58

35

28

277
94
2.95

Note: This match was sanctioned by the BBC and the New York Room Owners Association.
Players

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods

22
27

New York City, NY
Minneapolis, MN

Champion
Challenger

Mr. Pocket Billiards

RH
RH

(16)

February 22 – 24, 1922
World Championship Challenge Match
Kline’s Strand Billiard Academy – 48th Street & Broadway - New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $1000 - plus net gate receipts and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas A. Hueston
Ralph Greenleaf

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas A. Hueston

Defending Champion
Challenger (Third Place)
Defends Title

450
133

158
89

450
133

149
29

143
15

Score HR

IN

vs

February 22 Greenleaf
Wednesday

158

47

14

February 23
Thursday

149

41

February 24
Friday

143

71

Total
Innings
BPI

450
34
13.24

Date

Player

Referee:

William Gardner

Seating:

350

Player

Score HR

Hueston

IN

89

23

14

15

29

10

14

5

15

8

4

133
32
4.16

Note: Greenleaf set a new championship record running 100 balls. Greenleaf had run 29 balls from
the night before and continued to run 71 more before missing for a total of 100. The previous
record was 81 balls set by Bennie Allen in the 1919 tournament.
Greenleaf used a bridge for his last shot.
Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas A. Hueston

22
36

New York City, NY
St. Louis, MO

Champion
Challenger

Mr. Pocket Billiards

RH
RH

Player

Date of Birth

Date Died

Place of Birth

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas A. Hueston

November 03, 1899
December 06, 1885

March 15, 1950

Monmouth, IL
Scranton, PA

(17)

May 4 – 6, 1922
World Championship Challenge Match
Kline’s Strand Billiard Academy – 48th Street & Broadway - New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $500 – net gate receipts and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Ralph Greenleaf
Walter Franklin
Ralph Greenleaf

Ralph Greenleaf
Walter Franklin

Defending Champion
Challenge (Sixth Place)
Defends Title

450
205

156
64

450
205

152
24

142
117
vs

Date

Player

Score HR

IN

May 4
Thursday

Greenleaf

156

20

35

May 5
Friday

152

28

May 6
Saturday

142

35

Total
Innings
BPI

450
64
7.03

Referee:

Player

Score HR

Franklin

IN

64

17

35

12

24

11

12

17

117

20

16

205
63
3.25

James Maturo

Note: Walter Franklin was known as a shot maker and not known as a defensive player.

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Walter Franklin

22
29

New York City, NY
Kansas City, MO

Champion
Challenger

Mr. Pocket Billiards

RH
RH

Player

Date of Birth

Date Died

Place of Birth

Ralph Greenleaf
Walter Franklin

November 03, 1899
February 22, 1893

March 15, 1950

Monmouth, IL
Kansas City, MO

(18)

October 26 – 28, 1922
World Championship Challenge Match
Hudson Billiard Academy – Philadelphia, PA
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 over 3 days
Purse: $2500
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Ralph Greenleaf
Benjamin H. Allen
Ralph Greenleaf

Defending Champion
450
Challenger (Fourth Place) 257
Defends Title

Ralph Greenleaf
Benjamin H. Allen

158
90

152
34

140
133
vs

Date

Player

Score HR

IN

October 26
Thursday

Greenleaf

158

52

22

October 27
Friday

152

28

October 28
Saturday

140

37

Total
Innings
BPI

450
52
8.65

Referee:

Morris Fink

Seating:

700

450
257
Player
Allen

Score HR

IN

90

25

22

16

34

12

15

14

133

57

13

257
50
5.14

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Benjamin H. Allen

22
32

New York City, NY
Kansas City, MO

Champion
Challenger

Mr. Pocket Billiards

RH
RH

Player

Date of Birth

Date Died

Place of Birth

Ralph Greenleaf
Benjamin H. Allen

November 03, 1899
April 08, 1890

March 15, 1950
December 05, 1953

Monmouth, IL
Kansas City, MO

(19)

November 30 – December 1, 1922
World Championship Challenge Match
Strand Billiard Academy – New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $500 - $250 a side and the BBC Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Church
Ralph Greenleaf

Defending Champion
Challenger (Fifth Place)
Retains Title by Forfeit

Forfeits

Note: With the players and the gallery assembled Arthur Church declined to play unless a brand
new set of balls was furnished. It was after 8:00pm and it was impossible to meet his
demands. The balls that were being used for the New York State Professional Tournament
were produced. The following day a conference of the players, referee (James Maturo), the
promoter and the officials was held. At that time Church was given an opportunity to explain
his action. His explanation was not satisfactory and it was officially declared that he had
forfeited his right to play for the championship. It also was ruled that he had forfeited his
$250 challenge money, but Greenleaf refused to accept it.

Referee:

James Maturo

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods

23
32

New York City, NY
Yonkers, NY

Champion
Challenger

Mr. Pocket Billiards

RH
RH

Player

Date of Birth

Date Died

Place of Birth

Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods

November 03, 1899
March 28, 1894

March 15, 1950

Monmouth, IL
Central Falls, RI

(20)

Jan 3 – 4, 1923
World Championship Challenge Match
Colonial Room – 20 West Randolph Street - Chicago, IL
Game: 14.1
Field: 2
Purse: $
Sanction:

***

Match: 600 points
Format: 4 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas Hueston
Ralph Greenleaf

Defending Champion
Challenger (Third Place)
Defends Title

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas Hueston

155
98

600
333

154
57

160
49

131
129

600
333

vs

Player

Score HR

Date

Player

Score HR

IN

January 3
Wednesday

Greenleaf

155
154

42
50

11
9

January 4
Thursday

160
131

76
53

14
9

Total
Innings
BPI

600
43
13.95

Hueston

IN

98
57

55
16

11
9

49
129

28
54

12
7

333
39
8.54

Referee:
Schedule:

Afternoon:
Evening:

3:30pm
8:15pm

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas A. Hueston

23
37

New York City, NY
St Louis, MO

Champion

Mr. Pocket Billiards

RH
RH

Player

Date of Birth

Date Died

Place of Birth

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas A. Hueston

November 03, 1899
December 06, 1885

March 15, 1950

Monmouth, IL
Scranton, PA

(21)

October 8, 1923 – April 10, 1924
National Championship – National Pocket Billiard League
Games were played at 16 locations across the country.
Game: 14.1
Match: 100 points
Field: 16
Format: Round Robin 16x
Purse: $ 15,100 – Winner would receive a $3000 annual salary plus the BBC Diamond Medal
Sanction:
National Billiard Association (NBA)
Player

W

L

HR

BG

1. Ralph Greenleaf
2. Frank Taberski
3. Bennie Allen
4. Andrew St. Jean
5. Pasquale Natalie
6. Erwin Rudolph
7. Thomas A. Hueston
8. Arthur Woods
9. James Maturo
10. Larry Stoutenburg
11. Walter Franklin
12. Charles Weston
13. Arthur Church
14. Jerome R. Keogh
15. James E. McCoy
16. John B. Barber

92
75
74
70
66
65
58
56
53
53
51
37
35
34
21
4

20
37
38
42
46
47
54
56
59
59
61
75
77
78
91
22

101
78
92
71
56
66
63
70
42
62
80
48
53
51
58
30

2
7
7
2
8
4
8
7
9
12
7
8
9
10
9

High Run:
Best Game:

$200
$100 each

TP

OP

TI

BPI

Prize Gate
2500
2000
1500
1200
650
600
550
500
450
400
350
300
250
200
150
100

Ralph Greenleaf
101
Ralph Greenleaf & Andrew St. Jean - 2 innings

Note: John B. Barber withdrew from the league in November.
Each room owner paid $700 for an entry.
Each player would play 60 home and 60 away games.
The top four finishers would compete in a four-time round robin to be held in the four rooms
they represent. Therefor each player would play 12 games to decide the World Champion.

(22)

Room Representation
Player

Room Represent ed

Location

Title

Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen
Andrew St. Jean
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Woods
James Maturo
Larry Stoutenburg
Walter Franklin
Charles Weston
Arthur Church
Jerome R. Keogh
James E. McCoy
John B. Barber

Hudson Recreation Academy
Recreation Academy
Allen’s Academy
Snyder Brothers Academy
Snyder Brothers Academy
James Carre’s Academy
L. A. Bensinger
Harris Davis’s Academy
Recreation Academy
Euclid Arcade
Harvey’s Recreation Academy
Weston Billiard Club
Klein’s Academy
Keogh’s Academy
McCoy Brother’s academy
Holmes Recreation Academy

Philadelphia, PA
Detroit, MI
Kansas City, MO
Minneapolis, MO
Minneapolis, MN
Gary, IN
Chicago, IL
Pittsburgh, PA
Brooklyn, NY
Cleveland, OH
Kansas City, MO
Lorain, OH
Baltimore, MD
Rochester, NY
Richmond, VA
Omaha, NB

Defending Champion
Former World Champion
Former World Champion

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen
Andrew St. Jean
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Thomas A. Hueston
Arthur Woods
James Maturo
Larry Stoutenburg
Walter Franklin
Charles Weston
Arthur Church
Jerome R. Keogh
James E. McCoy
John B. Barber

24
24
34
21
30
29
38
30
47
34 ?
31
47
31
50
40

New York City, NY
Rochester, NY
Kansas City, MO
Minneapolis, MO

Defending Champion
Former World Champ
Former World Champ

Mr. Pocket Billiards
The Snail

Chicago, IL

Former World Champ
1920 National Champ
National Champion

RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH

Former World Champion
National Champion
National Champion

Former World Champion
Former World Champion

Rudy

Kansas City, MO
Former World Champ
Rochester, NY
Richmond, VA
Omaha, NB

Former World Champ

(23)

Cowboy

April 14 – May 1, 1924
World Championship Tournament
Four City Tour
April 14 – 16
April 19 – 22
April 24 – 26
April 28 – May 1
Game: 14.1
Field: 4
Purse:
Sanction:

Hudson Recreation Academy
Kling & Allen Billiard Academy
Snyder Billiard Academy
Recreation Academy

Philadelphia, PA
Kansas City, MO
Minneapolis, MN
Detroit, MI

Match: 100 points
Format: 4x Round Robin
National Billiard Association

Player

W

L

HR

BG

TP

OP

TI

BPI

1.
2.
3.
4.

8
8
6
2

4
4
6
10

63*
59
54
31

9*
11
16
30

1264
1287
1276
802

1056
1193
1232
1296

254
295
300
299

4.976
4.363
4.253
2.682

vs

Bennie Allen

Ralph Greenleaf
Bennie Allen
Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean

High Run:
Best Game:

Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

Prize Gate

63
9

Playoff: First – Second
Ralph Greenleaf

Referee:

125

83

14

38

20

13

J. Herbert Levis, Chicago, IL

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Ralph Greenleaf
Bennie Allen
Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean

24
34
24
21

New York City, NY
Kansas City, MO
Rochester, NY
Minneapolis, MN

World Champion
Mr. Pocket Billiards
1924 National 3rd Place
1924 National 2nd Place The Snail
1924 National 4th Place

(24)

Nickname

Hand
RH
RH
RH
RH

1924 World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

April 14 – 16

Hudson Recreation Academy – Philadelphia, PA

April 14
Monday

Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125

46
52

16
12

vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean

57
36

23
18

16
11

April 15
Tuesday

Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125

59*
39*

10
41

vs
vs

Andrew St. Jean
Frank Taberski

32
86

18
28

10
41

April 16
Wednesday

Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen

125
125

54
27

21
19

vs
vs

Andrew St. Jean
Ralph Greenleaf

80
90

28
43

21
19

April 19 – 22

Kling & Allen Billiard Academy – Kansas City, MO

April 19
Saturday

Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean

125
125

23

16
31

vs
vs

Ralph Greenleaf
Bennie Allen

41
48

11

16
31

April 21
Monday

Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125

26
33

37
20

vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean

115
63

23

37
20

April 22
Tuesday

Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen

125
125

42
26

26
26

vs
vs

Andrew St. Jean
Ralph Greenleaf

94
114

31
32

26
26

April 24 – 26

Snyder Billiard Academy – Minneapolis, MN

April 24
Thursday

Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125

25
30

13
20

vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean

100
43

30
16

13
20

April 25
Friday

Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen

125
125

27

21
22

vs
vs

Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean

101
99

40
33

21
22

April 26
Saturday

Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125

27
42

25
20

vs
vs

Andrew St. Jean
Bennie Allen

60
82

25

25
20

April 28 – May 1 – Recreation Academy – Detroit, MI
April 28
Monday

Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski

125
125

53
14

9
34

vs
vs

Bennie Allen
Andrew St. Jean

46
106

28
29

9
34

April 29
Tuesday

Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125

28
63

37
37

vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean

86
87

17
31

37
37

April 30
Wednesday

Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean

125
125

58
20

13
42

vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen

113
111

24
29

13

Ralph Greenleaf

125

85

15

vs

Bennie Allen

38

20

13

Playoff Match:
May 1
Thursday

(25)

1924 World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order
Date

Player

Score

April 14
April 15
April 16
April 19
April 21
April 22
April 24
April 25
April 26
April 28
April 29
April 30
May 1*

Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen

125
125
125
48
125
125
125
125
82
46
125
111
38

April 14
April 15
April 16
April 19
April 21
April 22
April 24
April 25
April 26
April 28
April 29
April 30
May 1*

Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
90
41
125
114
125
101
125
125
125
125
125

April 14
April 15
April 16
April 19
April 21
April 22
April 24
April 25
April 26
April 28
April 29
April 30

Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean

April 14
April 15
April 16
April 19
April 21
April 22
April 24
April 25
April 26
April 28
April 29
April 30

Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

16
10
19
31
37
26
13
22
20
9
37
13

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Andrew St, Jean
Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean
Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean
Ralph Greenleaf

57
32
90
125
115
114
100
99
125
125
86
125
125

33
32
30
40
42
53
63
58
85*

12
41
19
16
20
26
20
21
20
9
37
13
15

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Andrew St. Jean
Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen
Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean
Bennie Allen
Andrew St. Jean
Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen
Bennie Allen
Andrew St. Jean
Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen

36
86
125
125
63
125
43
125
82
46
87
113
38

28
31
24
20

36
32
80
125
63
94
43
99
60
106
87
125

18
18
28
23
23
31
16
33
25
29
31
20

11
10
21
31
20
26
20
22
25
34
37
42

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Ralph Greenleaf
Bennie Allen
Frank Taberski
Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Bennie Allen
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Bennie Allen

125
125
125
48
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
111

52
59
54
11
33
42
30
27
27
14
63
29

12
10
21
31
20
26
20
22
25
34
37

57
86
125
125
115
125
100
125
125
125
86
113

23
28
54

16
41
21
16
37
26
13
21
25
34
37
13
(26)

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean
Ralph Greenleaf
Bennie Allen
Andrew St. Jean
Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean
Andrew St. Jean
Bennie Allen
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
80
41
125
94
125
101
60
106
125
125

46
39*
28

16
41
21
16
37
26
13
21
25
34
37
13

46
59*
27
11
26
26
25
27
28
28
29
20

52
39*
43

42
30
27
14
17
24

HR

IN

23
18
43
23

16
10
19
41
37
26
13
22
20
9
37
42
15

32
30
33
42
53
17
20
85*

18
28
27
23
26
16

26
31
25
40
25
29
28
58

11
41
19
16
20
26
20
21
20
9
37
13
13

October 8 – April 20, 1925
National Pocket Billiard League
10 City Room Tour
Game: 14.1
Match: 100 points
Field:10
Format: 12x Round Robin
Prizes: $12,600 and the Winner receives a $3000 salary
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)
Player

W

L

HR

BG

TP

1. Frank Taberski
2. Ralph Greenleaf
3. Andrew St. Jean
4. Bennie Allen
5. Arthur Woods
6. Erwin Rudolph
7. Joseph Concannon
8. Pasquale Natalie
9. Charles Seaback
10. Charles Harmon

81
74
59
57
55
54
52
49
35
24

27
34
49
51
53
54
56
59
73
84

70
84
68
81
85
71
75
66
74
58

4
3
3
5
7
4
5
6
8
7

9623
9665
8939
8969
8145
8740
8331
8553
7444
7449

OP

TI

BPI

Prize

2443
1866
2145
1965
2311
2189
2511
2771
2322
2766

3.979
5.179
4.167
4.590
3.528
3.992
3.318
3.089
3.206
2.701

2500
1800
1200
1000
800
650
550
450
350
150

High Run:
Best Game:

Arthur Woods – 85 balls -- $100
Ralph Greenleaf & Andrew St. Jean – 3 innings - $50 each

Note:
Fastest Game:
Shutout:

Ralph Greenleaf suffered a nervous breakdown and his games were postponed.
Erwin Rudolph – 100 balls – 22 minutes
Ralph Greenleaf - (100) vs Andrew St. Jean (0)

Player

Room Represented

Location

Title

Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean
Bennie Allen
Arthur Woods
Erwin Rudolph
Joseph Concannon
Pasquale Natalie
Charles Seaback
Charles Harmon

Fourteenth Street Academy
Hudson Recreation Co.
Snyder Brothers Academy
Kling & Allen
Cranfield Amusement Co.
L. A. Bensinger
Rational recreation Co.
Klein’s Modern Academy
State Theatre Club
Lawler Bros. Academy

New York City, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
Syracuse, NY
Chicago, IL
Brooklyn, NY
Baltimore, MD
Boston, MA
New York City, NY

Former World Champion
Current World Champion

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean
Bennie Allen
Arthur Woods
Erwin Rudolph
Joseph Concannon
Pasquale Natalie
Charles Seaback
Charles Harmon

24
25
22
35
31
30
38
31

Rochester, NY
New York City, NY
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO

Former World Champ The Sanil
Current World Champ Mr. Pocket Billiards

Nickname

Former World Champ
1920 National Champ

Chicago, IL

Boston, MA
New York City, NY

Former World Champion
1920 National Champion

Rudy

New York State Champ
(27)

Hand
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH

April 30, 1926
New York City, NY
Frank Taberski – Stripped of his title for failure to defend his title within one year
Frank Taberski’s title has been declared vacant and will remain so until next fall when a new
tournament will be staged.
This announcement was made at New York, by Thomas A. Dwyer of the Brunswick-Balke-Collender
Company who stated: “The World’s Pocket Billiard Championship is non-existent and will remain so
until next fall, when a tournament will be held to determine a new champion. Frank Taberski, who
held the title for one year without making an effort to defend it, will be known as the retired
champion and Ralph Greenleaf the recognized challenger and former champion”.
The action was taken at a special meeting held in New York at which B. E. Bensinger, President of
the B. B. C. Co., was present.

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November 6 – 17, 1926
World Championship Tournament
Elk’s Club – Philadelphia, PA
Game: 14.1
Match: 125 points
Field:10
Format: Round Robin
Prizes: $5000
Entry Fee: $150
Winner gets $250 per month as long as he holds the title and the Diamond Emblem.
$3500 was donated by Brunswick-Balke-Collander and net gate receipts
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)
Player

W

L

HR

BG

TP

OP

TI

BPI

1. Ralph Greenleaf
2. Erwin Rudolph
3. Harry Oswald
4. Frank Taberski
5. Thomas Hueston
6. Arthur Woods
7. Pasquale Natalie
8. Andrew Ponzi
9. Harold Pindle
10. Charles Harmon

8
7
6
5
5
5
4
3
2
1

1
2
3
4
4
4
5
6
7
8

68
55
61
70*
55
43
53
40
34
43

12
9*
18
15
9*
20
39
22
37
32

1107
998
1000
862
855
800
925
829
789
942

498
709
918
866
847
1057
1002
1030
1068
1112

197
181
294
220
238
234
358
222
269
278

5.619 1200
5.513 1000
3.401 900
3.918 700
3.592 600
3.418 400
2.583 200
3.734
2.933
3.388

High Run:
Best Game:

Frank Taberski - 70 balls
Erwin Rudolph & Thomas Hueston - 9 innings

Referee:

Joe Ferguson

Shutouts:

Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas Hueston

Schedule:

Four games played daily
Afternoon
Evening

Seating:

1588

Note:

125
125

vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Andrew St. Jean

Prize Gate

0
0

Thomas Hueston Runner-up in the New York State Tournament and former world
Champion replaced Andrew St. Jean. St. Jean had a very poor showing in the state
tournament, winning only one of nine games.

Members of the Elk Club picked players: M. E. Wemett,

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Player

Age

Hometown

Titles

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph
Harry Oswald
Frank Taberski
Thomas Hueston
Arthur Woods
Pasquale Natalie
Andrew Ponzi
Harold Pindle
Charles Harmon

27
31
38
27
41
32
32
23

New York City, NY
Chicago, IL
Pittsburgh, PA
Schenectady, NY
Chicago, IL
Pawtucket, NJ
Atlantic City, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
Appleton, WI
Glendale, NY

Former Champion
Former Champion

Mr. Pocket Billiards
Rudy

Former Champion
Former Champion
1920 National Champ

The Snail

RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH

Forfeit:

Wisconsin State Champ
New York State Champ

November 11
The match between Harry Oswald and Arthur woods was declared a forfeit to Oswald
by referee Joseph Ferguson in the 43rd innings with the score 99 to 92 in favor of
Oswald. In this inning with the balls clustered at the upper end of the table. Woods
attempted to pocket the 11 ball. He touched the 6 ball while trying to shoot and
referee, Ferguson declared it a foul. At this point Woods asked time to retire, but the
match had already gone three hours and the referee refused to allow the time out.
Woods, nevertheless, walked out of the room, whereupon the official declared the
match forfeited to Oswald.

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November 1926 – World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

November 6
Saturday

Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski

125
125

60
70

17
15

vs
vs

Arthur Woods
Andrew Ponzi

November 7
Sunday

Erwin Rudolph
Arthur Woods
Pasquale Natalie
Harry Oswald

125
125
125
125

32
26
17
28

23
20
46
18

vs
vs
vs
vs

November 8
Monday

Andrew Ponzi
Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph
Frank Taberski

125
125
125
125

28
28
28
31

22
24
26
36

November 9
Tuesday

Thomas Hueston
Harry Oswald
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

24
61
55
52

November 10
Wednesday

Arthur Woods
Thomas Hueston
Andrew Ponzi
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125
125

November 11
Thursday *

Erwin Rudolph
Harry Oswald
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski

November 12
Friday

30
91

9
40

Harold Pindle
Andrew Ponzi
Charles Harmon
Thomas Hueston

77
71
113
33

16
28
23
19

22
18
46

vs
vs
vs
vs

Harold Pindle
Thomas Hueston
Arthur Woods
Charles Harmon

89
44
80
120

17
23
27
34

22
24
25
35

26
23
9
29

vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Harmon
Harold Pindle
Frank Taberski
Pasquale Natalie

120
67
22
48

23
11
14
14

25
22
9
28

43
26
26
25

32
48
31
30

vs
vs
vs
vs

Harold Pindle
Pasquale Natalie
Harry Oswald
Charles Harmon

89
99
99
84

14
22
17
25

31
50
31
31

125
125 ( 99)
125
125

25
49
59
28

22
41
12
28

vs
vs
vs
vs

Andrew Ponzi
Arthur Woods *Forfeit
Harold Pindle
Thomas Hueston

62
92
70
58

21
26
34
20

21
43
12
27

Arthur Woods
Harry Oswald
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski

125
125
125
125

30
24
33
17

24
24
14
26

vs
vs
vs
vs

Pasquale Natalie
Charles Harmon
Andrew Ponzi
Harold Pindle

95
92
61
32

21
20
32
14

23
22
14
26

November 13
Saturday

Harold Pindle
Frank Taberski
Andrew Ponzi
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

24
25
26
41

37
15
44
19

vs
vs
vs
vs

Thomas Hueston
Arthur Woods
Pasquale Natalie
Charles Harmon

95
65
92
68

20
36
21
21

36
15
45
18

November 14
Sunday

Pasquale Natalie
Arthur Woods
Thomas Hueston
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125
125

23
27
52
32

59
34
26
22

vs
vs
vs
vs

Harold Pindle
Charles Harmon
Andrew Ponzi
Harry Oswald

115
122
57
43

14
43
18
14

58
33
25
21

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IN

November 1926 – World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological Order continued … …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

November 15
Monday

Harold Pindle
Thomas Hueston
Pasquale Natalie
Harry Oswald

November 16
Tuesday

November 17

125
125
125
125

14
55
39
13

38
9
39
53

vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Harmon
Erwin Rudolph
Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf

Pasquale Natalie
Thomas Hueston
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

28
32
32
56

44
24
24
12

vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Harmon
Harry Oswald
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125

21
23
49

32
40
17

vs
vs
vs

(32)

HR

IN

98
71
96
107

15
39
20
19

36
9
38
53

Harry Oswald
Arthur Woods
Pasquale Natalie
Frank Taberski

108
0
91
0

17
10
53
2

43
24
24
13

Andrew Ponzi
Frank Taberski
Erwin Rudolph

112
119
52

20
25
18

32
40
16

November 1926 – World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

November 6
November 8
November 9
November 11
November 12
November 13
November 15
November 16
November 17

Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

November 7
November 8
November 9
November 10
November 12
November 13
November 14
November 15
November 17

125
125
125
125
125
125
107
125
125

60
28
52
59
33
41
19
56
49

17
24
29
12
14
19
53
12`
17

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Arthur Woods
Thomas Hueston
Pasquale Natalie
Harold Pindle
Andrew Ponzi
Charles Harmon
Harry Oswald
Frank Taberski
Erwin Rudolph

Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon

113
120
120
84
92
68
122
98
125

23
34
23
25
20
21
43
15
21

46
35
25
31
22
18
33
36
32

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

November 7
November 8
November 9
November 10
November 11
November 13
November 14
November 15
November 16

Thomas Hueston
Thomas Hueston
Thomas Hueston
Thomas Hueston
Thomas Hueston
Thomas Hueston
Thomas Hueston
Thomas Hueston
Thomas Hueston

33
44
125
125
58
95
125
125
125

24
26
48
27
36
26
9
24

November 7
November 9
November 10
November 12
November 13
November 14
November 15
November 16
November 16

Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie

125
48
99
95
92
125
125
125
91

November 7
November 9
November 10
November 11 *
November 12
November 14
November 15
November 16
November 17

Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald

125
125
99
99
125
43
125
108
125

19
23
24
26
20
20
52
55
32

17
14
22
21
21
23
39
28
53

28
61
17
49
24
14
13
17
23

HR

IN

30
44
48
70
61
68
125
0
52

9
23
14
34
32
21
13
2
18

24
28
12
14
18
53
13
16

Pasquale Natalie
Frank Taberski
Thomas Hueston
Erwin Rudolph
Harry Oswald
Ralph Greenleaf
Arthur Woods
Harold Pindle
Andrew Ponzi

125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
112

17
31
24
25
24
41
27
14
20

46
36
26
30
24
19
34
38
32

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Harry Oswald
Ralph Greenleaf
Charles Harmon
Pasquale Natalie
Frank Taberski
Harold Pindle
Andrew Ponzi
Erwin Rudolph
Arthur Woods

125
125
120
99
125
125
57
71
0

46
28
50
23
45
59
39
44
24

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Charles Harmon
Ralph Greenleaf
Thomas Hueston
Arthur Woods
Andrew Ponzi
Harold Pindle
Frank Taberski
Harry Oswald
Erwin Rudolph

113
125
125
125
125
115
96
108
125

18
23
31
41
24
21
53
43
40

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Thomas Hueston
Harold Pindle
Andrew Ponzi
Arthur Woods Forfeit
Charles Harmon
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf
Pasquale Natalie
Frank Taberski

33
67
125
92
92
125
107
125
119

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28
28
23
22
28
24
18
39
10

23
52
26
30
26
14
20
17
32

19
11
26
26
20
32
19
28
25

18
24
25
50
28
37
25
9
24

46
29
48
24
44
58
38
43
24

22
31
43
23
22
53
44
40

November 1926 – World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order cont … …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

November 7
November 8
November 9
November 10
November 11
November 12
November 13
November 14
November 15

Harold Pindle
Harold Pindle
Harold Pindle
Harold Pindle
Harold Pindle
Harold Pindle
Harold Pindle
Harold Pindle
Harold Pindle

November 6
November 7
November 8
November 10
November 11
November 12
November 13
November 14
November 17

HR

IN

77
89
67
89
70
32
125
115
125

16
17
11
14
34
14
24
23
14

22
22
22
31
12
26
37
59
38

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Erwin Rudolph
Andrew Ponzi
Harry Oswald
Arthur Woods
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Thomas Hueston
Pasquale Natalie
Charles Harmon

125
125
125
125
125
125
95
125
98

32
28
61
43
59
17
20
23
15

23
22
23
32
12
26
36
59
36

Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi

91
71
125
125
62
61
125
57
112

40
28
28
26
21
32
26
18
20

18
22
31
21
14
44
25
32

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Arthur Woods
Harold Pindle
Harry Oswald
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf
Pasquale Natalie
Thomas Hueston
Charles Harmon

125
125
89
99
125
125
92
125
125

70
26
17
17
25
33
21
52
21

15
20
22
31
22
14
45
26
32

November 7
November 8
November 9
November 10
November 11
November 14
November 15
November 16
November 17

Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125
125
125
125
71
125
52

32
28
55
25
25
32
39
32
18

23
26
9
30
22
22
9
24
16

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Harold Pindle
Arthur Woods
Frank Taberski
Charles Harmon
Andrew Ponzi
Harry Oswald
Thomas Hueston
Pasquale Natalie
Ralph Greenleaf

77
80
22
84
62
43
125
91
125

16
27
14
25
21
14
55
53
49

22
25
9
31
21
21
9
24
17

November 6
November 8
November 9
November 11
November 12
November 13
November 15
November 16
November 17

Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski

125
125
22
125
125
125
96
0
119

70
31
14
28
17
25
20
2
25

15
36
9
28
26
15
38
13
40

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Andrew Ponzi
Charles Harmon
Erwin Rudolph
Thomas Hueston
Harold Pindle
Arthur Woods
Pasquale Natalie
Ralph Greenleaf
Harry Oswald

91
120
125
58
32
65
125
125
125

40
34
55
20
14
36
39
56
23

35
9
27
26
15
39
12
40

November 6
November 7
November 8
November 10
November 11*
November 12
November 13
November 14
November 16

Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods Forfeit
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods

30
125
80
125
92
125
65
125
0

9
26
27
43
26
30
36
27
10

20
25
32
43
24
15
34
24

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew Ponzi
Erwin Rudolph
Harold Pindle
Harry Oswald
Pasquale Natalie
Frank Taberski
Charles Harmon
Thomas Hueston

125
71
125
89
99
95
125
122
125

60
28
28
14
49
21
25
43
32

17
18
26
31
41
23
15
33
24

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January 20 – 22, 1927
World Championship Challenge Match
Dwyer’s Broadway Academy – New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $500 - $250 a side with a guarantee of $1600 split 60% to the winner and 40% to the loser,
and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph

Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph

Defending Champion
Challenger (Runner-up)
New Championship

384
450

146
158

384
450

161
122

77
170
vs

Date

Player

Score HR

IN

January 20
Thursday

Greenleaf

146

44

25

January 21
Friday

161

55

January 22
Saturday

77

26

Total
Innings
BPI
Referee:

Player

Score HR

IN

Rudolph

158

26

25

25

122

36

25

7

170

71

7

384
57
6.7368

450
57
7.8947

Joseph Ferguson

Seating:
415
Admissions: First night: $1.10 - $1.65 - $2.20 an overflow crowd of 500 attended
Second night: $1.65 - $2.20 - the $1.10 seats were eliminated
Third night: $2.20 and 40 last rows at $1.65
The total gate was estimated to be in excess of $2500
Staring Time:

Scratches:
Safeties:

8:00pm
Greenleaf
11
23

Rudolph
12
20

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph

26
32

Chicago, IL

Champion
Challenger

Mr. Pocket Billiards
Rudy

RH
RH

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March 24 – 26, 1927
World Championship Challenge Match
Dwyer’s Broadway Academy – New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $500 - $250 a side and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Erwin Rudolph
Harry Oswald
Erwin Rudolph

Erwin Rudolph
Harry Oswald

Defending Champion
Challenger (Third Place)
Defends Title

450
323

153
84

450
323

152
111

145
128
vs

Date

Player

Score HR

IN

March 24
Thursday

Rudolph

153

23

23

March 25
Friday

152

37

March 26
Saturday

145

68

Total
Innings
BPI

450
104
4.3269

Referee:

Player

Score HR

IN

Oswald

84

23

24

42

111

25

41

39

128

19

38

323
103
3.1355

Joseph Ferguson

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Erwin Rudolph
Harry Oswald

32

Chicago, IL
Pittsburgh, PA

Champion
Challenger

Rudy

RH
RH

(36)

May 3 – 5, 1927
World Championship Challenge Match
Hoppe’s Billiard Academy – New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $500 – $250 a side and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Erwin Rudolph
Thomas A. Hueston
Thomas A. Hueston

Erwin Rudolph
Thomas A. Hueston

Defending Champion
Challenger (Fifth Place)
New Champion

361
450

156
129

361
450

146
167

39
154
vs

Date

Player

Score HR

IN

Player

Score HR

IN

May 3
Tuesday

Rudolph

156

39

18

Hueston

129

32

18

May 4
Wednesday

146

27

36

167

28

36

May 5
Thursday

39

22

32

154

41

33

Total
Inning
BPI

361
86
4.1976

450
87
5.1724

Referee:

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Erwin Rudolph
Thomas A. Hueston

32
38

Chicago, IL
St. Louis, MO

Champion
Challenger

Rudy

RH
RH

(37)

September 28, 1927
World Championship Challenge Match
New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $500 - $250 a side and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Thomas A. Hueston
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski

Defending Champion
Challenger (Forth Place)
New Champion by Forfeit

Forfeit

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Thomas Hueston
Frank Taberski

41
28

Newark, NJ
Schenectady, NY

Champion
Challenger

The Snail

RH
RH

Schenectady Gazette – September 29, 1927
The following letter was received by Taberski, from Thomas A. Dwyer, First Vice President of the Brunswick-BalkeCollender Co., sponsor of the championship affair, who forwarded to Taberski the forfeit money posted by Hueston and
also promised to send the championship emblem.
“Thomas Hueston has been declared to have forfeited the national championship title at pocket billiards and the emblem.
Also a deposit of $125 that he has made binding this match with you at he time he accepted your challenge”.
“He forfeited because under the rules governing the ownership of the emblem he failed to notify the donors 20 days
before the proposed match, which had been scheduled to begin on October 11 next, as to when and where said match was
to be held and for his further failure to notify you yesterday (15 days before the match was to be played) as to the time
and place”.
“We, as the donors of the diamond emblem, now declare you national champion at pocket billiards, because of Mr.
Thomas Hueston having defaulted in not having met the requirements provided for in the rules”.
Therefore we send you our check for $250 representing the forfeit money that had been heretofore deposited with us by
both players. The diamond medal is in our possession and will be forwarded to you shortly. Please acknowledge receipt
of this letter promptly. Now that you have regained the national championship title, we wish to know with as little delay
as possible, whether it is your intention to accept challenges in defense of the title or whether you prefer to surrender it
and enter the proposed titular tournament to be held in Chicago in December. Your early reply will facilitate our
making arrangements for the forthcoming season”.
New York Times – September 30
Tommy Hueston, who was deposed last Wednesday as the world’s pocket billiard champion because of his failure to
abide by the rules regarding challenges, yesterday issued a statement in which he said he planned to protest the action of
the billiard officials. Hueston maintains that he violated no rules and that he is ready to meet any player in the world.
In his statement Hueston says that “In my thirty years of billiard competition I have been a titleholder upon six different
occasions and I have never refused to meet a challenger under fair conditions.
Hueston further stated that “as the defending champion need only meet challengers in individual competition every sixty
days for a period of one year, I refused to waive my rights unless the sponsors of the tournament (the Brunswick-BalkeCollender Company) would make certain financial concessions”.

(38)

October 1927
United States Pocket Billiard Championship – Challenge Match
Kreuter’s Billiard Academy – New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 1000 points
Field: 2
Format: 10 blocks of 100 points over 5 days
Purse: $ and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

James Maturo
Charles Harmon
Charles Harmon

James Maturo
Charles Harmon

Defending Champion
Challenger (Sixth Place)
New Champion ***

945
1000

158
41

450
171

Date

Player

Score HR

October

Maturo

86
115

143
110

149
20

IN

vs

Player

Harmon

Score HR

IN

104
80

October

108
96

102
84

October

108
64

101
132

October

127
68

41
166

October

112
61

97
93

Total
Innings
BPI

945

1000

Referee:

Player
James Maturo
Charles Harmon

Age

Hometown

Title
Champion
Challenger

(39)

Nickname

Hand
RH
RH

November 21 – 23, 1927
World Championship Challenge Match
Chicago, IL
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $1200 and the BBC Diamond Emblem
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Frank Taberski
Pasquale Natalie
Frank Taberski

Frank Taberski
Pasquale Natalie

Defending Champion
Challenger (Sixth Place)
Defends Title

450
171

158
41

450
171

143
110

149
20

Score HR

IN

vs

November 21 Taberski
Monday

158

34

40

Natalie

November 22
Tuesday

143

30

November 23
Wednesday

149

15

Total
Innings
BPI

450
117
3.846

Referee:
Scorer:

Allen Cooley - Schenectady, NY
Lou Stolz
- Schenectady, NY

Date

Player

Player

Score HR
41

14

44

110

20

33

20

12

IN

33

171

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Frank Taberski
Pasquale Natalie

28
33

Schenectady, NY
New York City, NY

Champion
Challenger

The Snail

RH
RH

(40)

January 24 – 26, 1928
World Championship Challenge Match
Knights of Columbus Hall - Schenectady, NY
Game: 14.1
Match: 450 points
Field: 2
Format: 3 blocks of 150 points over 3 days
Purse: $ 1200 – 62% to the winner & the BBC Diamond Emblem - 38% to the loser
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)

***

Frank Taberski
Arthur Woods
Frank Taberski

Defending Champion
450
Challenger (Seventh Place) 306
Defends Title

Frank Taberski
Arthur Woods

152
59

151
166

147
81
vs

Date

Player

Score HR

IN

January 24
Tuesday

Taberski

152

34

29

January 25
Wednesday

151

33

January 26
Thursday

147

43

Total
Innings
BPI

450
91
4.9450

Referee:

450
306
Player

Score HR

Woods

IN

59

14

29

35

166

29

34

27

81

33

27

306
90
3.4000

Allen Cooley – Schenectady, NY

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Frank Taberski
Arthur Woods

28
35

Schenectady, NY
Pawtucket, RI

Champion
Challenger

The Snail

RH
RH

(41)

March 5 – 19, 1928
National Pocket Billiard Tournament
Recital Hall - Chicago, IL
Game: 14.1
Match: 125 points
Field:10
Format: Round Robin
Purse: $5000 plus the net gate receipts and the winner getting a salary of $250 a month as long as he
holds the title.
Sanction:
National Billiard Association (NBA)
Player

W

L

HR

BG

TP

OP

TI

BPI

1. Ralph Greenleaf
2. Frank Taberski
3. Erwin Rudolph
4. Pasquale Natalie
5. O. Peter Durocher
6. Andrew Ponzi
7. Onofrio Lauri
8. Harry Wood
9. Joseph Concannon
10. Harry Oswald

8
7
7
5
4
4
3
3
3
1

1
2
2
4
5
5
6
6
6
8

86*
62
80
39
47
45
66
38
63
34

8
9
11
12
9
10
7*
9
7*
7*

1082
1060
1037
981
950
823
872
819
781
727

784
841
705
885
908
992
922
947
991
1049

157
194
164
184
187
143
162
216
191
161

6.8917 1200
5.4639 1000
6.3232 900
5.3315 700
5.0802 600
5.7552 400
5.3827 200
3.7917
4.1047
4.5155

High Run:
Best Game:

Ralph Greenleaf
86
Andrew Ponzi – Joseph Concannon – Harry Oswald

Prize Gate

7 innings

Note: The officials also took action to stop unnecessary delays, which have marred pocket billiard
tests in the past. In order to check the practice of too much safety, a rule has been passed
which will cost the player five points on the second successive safety and fifteen points for the
third successive safety.
Note: Onofrio Lauri, New York State pocket billiard champion, was appointed today to replace
O. L. Harris of Denver, Rocky Mountain Champion, in the National Pocket Billiard
Tournament starting here (Chicago) on Monday. Harris recently came to Chicago by
automobile to practice for the tournament, and while cranking his car yesterday (March 1)
his hand slipped and his stroke arm was badly bruised and twisted. Lauri was substituted by
the National Billiard Association.

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Erwin Rudolph
Pasquale Natalie
O. Peter Durocher
Andrew Ponzi
Onofrio Lauri
Harry Wood
Joseph Concannon
Harry Oswald

28
28
33
34
42
23
31

Philadelphia, PA
Schenectady, NY
Chicago, IL
Baltimore, MD
Chicago, IL
Philadelphia, PA
Brooklyn, NY
Duluth, MN
Washington
Pittsburgh, PA

Former World Champ
Defending Champion
Former World Champ

Mr. Pocket Billiards
The Snail
Rudy
Patsy

RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH

41
39

NY State Champion

(42)

Old Ponzola
The Lion Killer

1928 National Championship – Game by Game – Chronological Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

March 5
Monday

Frank Taberski
Peter Durocher

125
125

55
25

9
38

vs
vs

Harry Wood
Joseph Concannon

36
68

11
14

9
37

March 6
Tuesday

Erwin Rudolph
Pasquale Natalie
Harry Wood
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

80
17
38
40

11
19
17
8

vs
vs
vs
vs

Andrew Ponzi
Harry Oswald
Onofrio Lauri
Joseph Concannon

72
72
43
50

27
29
14
18

10
18
16
8

March 7
Wednesday

Onofrio Lauri
Ralph Greenleaf
Pasquale Natalie
Frank Taberski

125
125
125
125

42
63
19
20

20
11
34
26

vs
vs
vs
vs

Peter Durocher
Andrew Ponzi
Harry Wood
Joseph Concannon

98
47
122
103

16
18
19
19

19
11
34
26

March 8
Thursday

Onofrio Lauri
Erwin Rudolph

125
125

66
37

7
15

vs
vs

Harry Oswald
Harry Wood

13
47

7
10

7
15

March 9
Friday

Onofrio Lauri
Peter Durocher
Andrew Ponzi
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

44
29
35
41

8
14
10
20

vs
vs
vs
vs

Joseph Concannon
Pasquale Natalie
Harry Oswald
Harry Wood

61
36
91
116

19
23
30
28

7
14
10
19

March 10
Saturday

Frank Taberski
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Peter Durocher

125
125
125
125

48
39
31
47

13
12
20
10

vs
vs
vs
vs

Andrew Ponzi
Joseph Concannon
Harry Oswald
Ralph Greenleaf

41
56
71
82

16
12
33
25

13
11
19
9

March 11
Sunday

Andrew Ponzi
Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph
Frank Taberski

125
125
125
125

45
36
63
62

21
19
13
9

vs
vs
vs
vs

Harry Wood
Harry Oswald
Pasquale Natalie
Peter Durocher

91
99
104
72

18
33
27
27

20
18
13
9

March 12
Monday

Joseph Concannon
Harry Wood
Frank Taberski

125
125
125

26
15
28

25
40
18

vs
vs
vs

Harry Oswald
Peter Durocher
Harry Oswald

114
120
108

32
38
26

35
40
17

March 13
Tuesday

Harry Wood
Joseph Concannon
Ralph Greenleaf
Pasquale Natalie

125
125
125
125

25
63
45
32

29
19
17
16

vs
vs
vs
vs

Harry Oswald
Erwin Rudolph
Onofrio Lauri
Andrew Ponzi

34
95
80
66

13
35
24
18

28
19
17
15

March 14
Wednesday

Harry Oswald
Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125

34
28
52

9
25
24

vs
vs
vs

Peter Durocher
Onofrio Lauri
Pasquale Natalie

49
114
99

14
27
30

9
25
23

(43)

1928 National Championship – Game by Game – Chronological Order continued … …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

March 15
Thursday

Frank Taberski
Erwin Rudolph

March 16
Friday

125
125

36
41

29
18

vs
vs

Pasquale Natalie
Onofrio Lauri

Joseph Concannon
Pasquale Natalie
Andrew Ponzi
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
125

35
28
28
86

33
25
16
12

vs
vs
vs
vs

March 17
Saturday

Peter Durocher
Erwin Rudolph

125
125

30
49

20
28

March 18
Sunday

Ralph Greenleaf

125

28

37

(44)

HR

IN

117
77

33
15

28
18

Harry Wood
Onofrio Lauri
Joseph Concannon
Erwin Rudolph

32
69
71
67

12
52
18
26

33
25
15
12

vs
vs

Andrew Ponzi
Frank Taberski

97
84

15
28

20
28

vs

Frank Taberski

101

26

37

1928 National Championship Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

March 5
March 6
March 7
March 9
March 10
March 12
March 13
March 16
March 16

Joseph Concannon
Joseph Concannon
Joseph Concannon
Joseph Concannon
Joseph Concannon
Joseph Concannon
Joseph Concannon
Joseph Concannon
Joseph Concannon

March 5
March 7
March 9
March 10
March 11
March 12
March 14
March
March 17

HR

IN

68
50
103
61
56
125
125
125
71

14
18
19
19
12
26
63
35
18

37
8
26
7
11
35
19
33
15

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Peter Durocher
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Onofrio Lauri
Pasquale Natalie
Harry Oswald
Erwin Rudolph
Harry Wood
Andrew Ponzi

125
125
125
125
125
114
95
32
125

25
40
20
44
39
32
35
12
28

38
8
26
8
12
35
19
33
16

Peter Durocher
Peter Durocher
Peter Durocher
Peter Durocher
Peter Durocher
Peter Durocher
Peter Durocher
Peter Durocher
Peter Durocher

125
98
125
125
72
120
49
111
125

25
16
29
47
27
38
14
28
39

38
19
14
10
9
40
9
28
20

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Joseph Concannon
Onofrio Lauri
Pasquale Natalie
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Harry Wood
Harry Oswald
Erwin Rudolph
Andrew Ponzi

68
125
36
82
125
125
125
125
97

14
42
23
25
62
15
34
37
15

37
20
14
9
9
40
9
28
10

March 6
March 7
March 9
March 10
March 11
March 13
March 14
March 16
March 18

Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125
82
125
125
125
125
125

40
63
41
25
36
45
52
86
28

8
11
20
9
19
17
24
12
37

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Joseph Concannon
Andrew Ponzi
Harry Wood
Peter Durocher
Harry Oswald
Onofrio Lauri
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Frank Taberski

50
47
116
125
99
80
99
67
101

18
18
28
47
33
24
30
26
26

8
11
19
10
18
17
23
12
37

March 6
March 7
March 8
March 9
March 13
March
March 14
March 15
March 16

Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri

43
125
125
125
80
114
114
77
69

14
42
66
44
24
46
27
15
52

16
20
7
8
17
26
25
18
25

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Harry Wood
Peter Durocher
Harry Oswald
Joseph Concannon
Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew Ponzi
Frank Taberski
Erwin Rudolph
Pasquale Natalie

125
98
13
61
125
125
125
125
125

38
16
7
19
45
34
28
41
28

17
19
7
7
16
27
25
18
25

March 6
March 7
March 9
March 10
March 11
March 13
March 14
March 15
March 16

Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie

125
125
36
125
104
125
99
117
125

17
19
23
39
27
32
30
33
28

19
34
14
12
13
16
23
28
25

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Harry Oswald
Harry Wood
Peter Durocher
Joseph Concannon
Erwin Rudolph
Andrew Ponzi
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Onofrio Lauri

72
122
125
56
125
66
125
125
69

29
19
29
12
63
18
52
36
52

18
34
14
11
13
15
24
29
25

(45)

1928 National Championship Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order cont…
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

March 6
March 8
March 9
March 10
March 11
March 12
March 12
March 13
March 14

Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald
Harry Oswald

March 6
March 7
March 9
March 10
March 11
March 13
March
March 16
March 17

HR

IN

72
13
91
71
99
114
108
34
125

29
7
30
33
33
32
26
13
34

18
7
10
19
18
35
17
28
9

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Pasquale Natalie
Onofrio Lauri
Andrew Ponzi
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf
Joseph Concannon
Frank Taberski
Harry Wood
Peter Durocher

125
125
125
125
125
125
125
125
49

17
66
35
31
36
26
28
25
14

19
7
10
20
19
35
18
29
9

Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi
Andrew Ponzi

72
47
125
41
125
66
125
125
97

27
18
35
16
45
18
34
28
15

10
11
10
13
21
15
27
16
20

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf
Harry Oswald
Frank Taberski
Harry Wood
Pasquale Natalie
Onofrio Lauri
Joseph Concannon
Peter Durocher

125
125
91
125
91
125
114
71
125

80
63
30
48
18
32
46
18
30

11
11
10
13
20
16
26
15
20

March 6
March 8
March 10
March 11
March 13
March
March 15
March 16
March 17

Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125
125
95
125
125
67
125

80
37
31
63
35
37
41
26
49

11
15
20
13
19
28
18
12
28

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Andrew Ponzi
Harry Wood
Harry Oswald
Pasquale Natalie
Joseph Concannon
Peter Durocher
Onofrio Lauri
Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski

72
47
71
104
125
111
77
125
84

27
10
33
27
63
28
15
86
28

10
15
19
13
19
28
18
12
28

March 5
March 7
March 10
March 11
March 12
March 14
March 15
March 17
March 18

Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski

125
125
125
125
125
125
125
84
101

55
20
48
62
26
28
36
28
26

9
26
13
9
18
25
29
28
37

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Harry Wood
Joseph Concannon
Andrew Ponzi
Peter Durocher
Harry Oswald
Onofrio Lauri
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf

36
103
41
72
108
114
117
125
125

11
19
16
27
26
27
33
49
28

9
26
13
9
17
25
28
28
37

March 5
March 6
March 7
March 8
March 9
March 11
March 12
March 13
March 16

Harry Wood
Harry Wood
Harry Wood
Harry Wood
Harry Wood
Harry Wood
Harry Wood
Harry Wood
Harry Wood

36
125
122
47
116
91
125
125
32

11
38
19
10
28
18
15
25
12

9
17
34
15
19
20
40
29
33

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Onofrio Lauri
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew Ponzi
Peter Durocher
Harry Oswald
Joseph Concannon

125
43
125
125
125
125
120
34
125

55
14
19
37
41
45
38
13
35

9
16
34
15
20
21
40
28
33

(46)

May 14 - 19, 1928
World Championship Challenge Match
Kline’s Strand Billiard Academy – 48th Street & Broadway - New York City, NY
Game: 14.1
Field: 2
Purse:
Sanction:

***

Match: 1500 points
Format: 10 blocks of 150 points played over 5 days

Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean
Ralph Greenleaf

Date

Player

May 14

Greenleaf

Defending Champion
Challenger
Defends Title
Score HR

IN

vs

1500
1058

Player

Score HR

IN

St. Jean

May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18

Total points
Inning
BPI

Referee:

Player

Age

Ralph Greenleaf
Andrew St. Jean

28

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hnad

Champion
Challenger

Mr. Pocket Billiards

RH
RH

(47)

December 17 – 21, 1928
World Championship Tournament
Orchestra Hall – Chicago, IL
Game: 14.1
Match: 125 points
Field: 4
Format: Round Robin
Prizes: $5000 plus the net gate - a $6000 salary to the winner and $3000 to the runner-up
The players were the top four finishers for the National Tournament held in March.
Sanction:
Player

W

L

HR

BG

TP

OP

TI

BPI

1.
2.
3.
4.

2
2
1
1

1
1
2
2

57*
55
29
42

14*
19
17
37

337
347
352
334

336
324
337
373

61
78
107
87

5.5246 2500
4.4487 1250
3.2897 900
3.8391 350

40%
30%
20%
10%

41

24

Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph

High Run:
Best Game:

Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski

Playoff: Frank Taberski
Referee:
Schedule:

125

57

Prize Gate

57
14 innings
24

vs

Ralph Greenleaf

21

Joe Orr
2 games played daily
Afternoon: either 1:30 or 3:30pm - Evening: either 7:30 or 9:30pm

Note: Frank Taberski protested during the regularly scheduled game (Dec 19) with Ralph
Greenleaf. The battle between the two ranking pocket cue artists terminated suddenly in the
ninth inning of their game this afternoon, when Frank Taberski refused to continue to play
after Ralph Greenleaf had left the room twice at the permission of referee Joe Orr.
Previously, Taberski had entered a protest in the midst of Greenleaf‘s run of 51, when
Taberski charged that both Greenleaf and Orr had called an obvious combination shot
wrong. The committee, later tonight, decided that Taberski and Greenleaf should meet again
Friday night. Taberski had demanded a forfeit when Greenleaf left the table twice, contrary
to the tournament ruling.
The committee ruled, however, that referee Joe Orr has erred in giving Greenleaf permission
twice and the referee should be replaced. At the time Taberski resigned from further playing,
Greenleaf was leading the Schenectady shot-maker 95 to 81 after nine innings.
Note: The Three Cushion and Pocket Billiard Titles were being played for simultaneously.
Willie Hoppe, Johnny Layton, Otto Reiselt and Gus Copulos were competing for the TheeCushion Title.
Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Nickname

Hand

Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph

29
29
34
33

Schenectady, NY
New York City, NY

Former World Champ
Former World Champ

Chicago, IL

Former World Champ

The Snail
Mr. Pocket Billiards
Patsy
Rudy

RH
RH
RH
RH

(48)

December 1928 World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

Dec 17
Tuesday

Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski

125
125

41
43

36
21

vs
vs

Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph

104
114

20
42

36
20

Dec 18
Wednesday

Ralph Greenleaf
Pasquale Natalie

125
125

55
24

14
18

vs
vs

Erwin Rudolph
Frank Taberski

95
87

32
26

14
17

Dec 19
Thursday

Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph

95
125

51
32

9
53

vs
vs

Frank Taberski Protest 81
Pasquale Natalie
123

30
29

53

Dec 21 Replay Frank Taberski
Saturday

125

17

23

vs

Ralph Greenleaf

97

25

28

Dec 21 Playoff Frank Taberski

125

57

24

vs

Ralph Greenleaf

41

21

24

HR

IN
36
14

December 1928 World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Dec 17
Ralph Greenleaf
Dec 18
Ralph Greenleaf
Dec 19
Ralph Greenleaf
Dec 21 Replay Ralph Greenleaf
Dec 21 Playoff Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
95
97
41

41
55
51
25
21

36
14
9
28
24

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Pasquale Natalie
104
Erwin Rudolph
95
Frank Taberski Protest 81
Frank Taberski
125
Frank Taberski
125

20
32
30
17
57

23
24

Dec 17
Dec 18
Dec 19

Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie

104
125
123

20
24
29

36
18
53

vs
vs
vs

Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Erwin Rudolph

125
87
125

41
26
32

36
17
53

Dec 17
Dec 18
Dec 19

Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph

114
95
125

42
32
32

20
14
53

vs
vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Pasquale Natalie

125
125
123

43
55
29

21
14
53

Dec 17
Frank Taberski
Dec 18
Frank Taberski
Dec 19 Protest Frank Taberski
Dec 21 Replay Frank Taberski
Dec 21 Playoff Frank Taberski

125
87
81
125
125

43
26
30
17
57

21
17

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Erwin Rudolph
Pasquale Natalie
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

114
125
95
97
41

42
24
51
25
21

20
18
9
28
24

23
24

(49)

Score

December 9 – 19, 1929
World Championship Tournament
Recreation Building – Shelby & Lafayette Streets - Detroit, MI
Game: 14.1
Match: 125 points
Field:8
Format: Round Robin
Purse: $5500 plus a $6000 salary to the winner and a $3000 salary to the runner-up
Sanction:
National Billiard Association of America (NBAA)
Player

W

L

HR

BG

TP

OP

TI

BPI

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

6
6
4
4
3
3
3
0

1
1
3
3
4
4
4
7

126
111
57
70
58
40
40
41

2
4
12
7
23
15
21
---

863
829
639
688
668
629
578
334

476
331
590
704
809
670
773
875

100
79
118
105
148
144
175
87

8.630 1200
10.494 1000
5.415 800
6.552 700
4.575 600
4.368 500
3.302 400
3.839 300

Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph
Frank Taberski
Onofrio Lauri
Marcel Camp
Pasquale Natalie
Spencer Livsey
Joseph J. McCann

Prize Gate

High Run:
***

Ralph Greenleaf
126
This is a NEW World Record set on December 16 against Frank Taberski

Best Game:

Ralph Greenleaf

16%
15%
14%
13%
12%
11%
10%
9%

2 innings

Playoff: First & Second

Score HR

IN

Ralph Greenleaf

125

17

44

vs

Player

Score HR

IN

Erwin Rudolph

69

17

23

Fourth – Seventh Place - decided by ball count.
Note:

Fastest Game – On December 16, Erwin Rudolph 30 minutes vs Marcel Camp
Erwin had a run of 104 balls.

Note:

Erwin Rudolph held two World Records for three days. On December 13 Rudolph set
the High Run with 111 and Best Game at 4 innings. On December 16, three days later
Greenleaf broke these records.

Seating:

600

Admission:

$1.50 & $1.00

Referee:
Gate Receipts: $5672

(50)

Player

Age

Hometown

Title

Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf
Onofrio Lauri
Frank Taberski
Marcel Camp
Pasquale Natalie
Spencer Livsey
Joseph J. McCann

34
30
33
40
21
35
25

Chicago, IL
New York City, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Schenectady, NY
Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI
Los Angeles, CA
Jacksonville, FL

Rudy
1928 4th Place
1928 Runner-up
Mr. Pocket Billiards
Eastern Section Champ The Lion Killer
Defending Champion
The Snail
Northern Section Champ
Patsy
1928 3rd Place
Western Section Champ
Southern Section Champ

(51)

Nickname

Hand
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH
RH

December 1929 World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

December 9

Marcel Camp

125

24

23

vs

Frank Taberski

82

29

23

December 10

Erwin Rudolph
Pasquale Natalie
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125

63
34
26

10
15
40

vs
vs
vs

Onofrio Lauri
Joseph J. McCann
Spencer Livsey

51
38
106

28
41
32

9
15
40

December 11

Erwin Rudolph
Frank Taberski
Onofrio Lauri

125
125
125

54
25
70

5
24
9

vs
vs
vs

Joseph J. McCann
Spencer Livsey
Marcel Camp

14
48
101

8
18
58

5
24
8

December 12

Spencer Livsey
Frank Taberski
Marcel Camp

125
125
125

31
50
29

31
12
22

vs
vs
vs

Pasquale Natalie
Joseph J. McCann
Ralph Greenleaf

96
31
113

24
15
28

30
11
21

December 13

Marcel Camp
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125

31
24
111*

25
20
4

vs
vs
vs

Joseph J. McCann
Onofrio Lauri
Spencer Livsey

114
65
-2

17
23
0

25
19
4

December 14

Ralph Greenleaf
Onofrio Lauri
Frank Taberski

125
125
125

66
32
57

5
14
20

vs
vs
vs

Joseph J. McCann
Spencer Livsey
Pasquale Natalie

27
51
65

14
22
27

4
14
19

December 15

Spencer Livsey
Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125

40
31
37

41
24
30

vs
vs
vs

Marcel Camp
Onofrio Lauri
Pasquale Natalie

119
123
77

27
33
20

40
24
30

December 16

Spencer Livsey
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125

32
104
126**

21
6
2*

vs
vs
vs

Joseph J. McCann
Marcel Camp
Frank Taberski

58
9
0

26
4
0

20
6
1

December 17

Onofrio Lauri
Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125

33
51
54

7
8
15

vs
vs
vs

Joseph J. McCann
Pasquale Natalie
Frank Taberski

52
16
57

30
9
27

7
8
15

December 18

Frank Taberski
Pasquale Natalie
Ralph Greenleaf

125
125
125

46
40
89

23
22
10

vs
vs
vs

Onofrio Lauri
Marcel Camp
Erwin Rudolph

71
64
79

41
23
54

23
22
9

December 19 * Ralph Greenleaf

125

44

18

vs

Erwin Rudolph

69

28

17

* Playoff: First - Second

(52)

December 1929 World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

HR

IN

December 9
December 11
December 12
December 13
December 15
December 16
December 18

Marcel Camp
Marcel Camp
Marcel Camp
Marcel Camp
Marcel Camp
Marcel Camp
Marcel Camp

125
101
125
125
119
9
64

24
58
29
31
27
4
23

23
8
22
25
40
6
22

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Frank Taberski
Onofrio Lauri
Ralph Greenleaf
Joseph J. McCann
Spencer Livsey
Erwin Rudolph
Pasquale Natalie

82
125
113
114
125
125
125

29
70
28
17
40
104
40

23
9
21
25
41
6
22

December 10
December 12
December 14
December 15
December 16
December 17
December 18
December 19 *

Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

125
113
125
125
125
125
125
125

26
28
66
31
126**
51
89
44

40
21
5
24
2*
8
10
18

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Spencer Livsey
Marcel Camp
Joseph J. McCann
Onofrio Lauri
Frank Taberski
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph

106
125
27
123
0
16
79
69

32
29
14
33
0
9
54
28

40
22
4
24
1
8
9
17

December 10
December 11
December 13
December 14
December 15
December 17
December 18

Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri
Onofrio Lauri

51
125
68
125
123
125
71

28
70
23
32
33
33
41

9
9
19
14
24
7
23

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Erwin Rudolph
Marcel Camp
Pasquale Natalie
Spencer Livsey
Ralph Greenleaf
Joseph J. McCann
Frank Taberski

125
101
125
51
125
52
125

63
58
24
22
31
30
46

10
8
20
14
24
7
23

December 10
December 11
December 12
December 13
December 14
December 15
December 16

Spencer Livsey
Spencer Livsey
Spencer Livsey
Spencer Livsey
Spencer Livsey
Spencer Livsey
Spencer Livsey

106
48
125
-2
51
125
125

32
18
31
0
22
40
32

40
24
31
4
14
41
21

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Ralph Greenleaf
Frank Taberski
Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Onofrio Lauri
Marcel Camp
Joseph J. McCann

125
125
96
125
125
119
58

26
25
24
111*
32
27
26

40
24
30
4
14
40
20

December 10
December 11
December 12
December 13
December 14
December 16
December 17

Joseph J. McCann
Joseph J. McCann
Joseph J. McCann
Joseph J. McCann
Joseph J. McCann
Joseph J, McCann
Joseph J. McCann

38
14
31
114
27
58
52

41
8
15
17
14
26
30

15
5
11
25
4
20
7

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Pasquale Natalie
Erwin Rudolph
Frank Taberski
Marcel Camp
Ralph Greenleaf
Spencer Livsey
Onofrio Lauri

125
125
125
125
125
125
125

34
54
50
31
66
32
33

15
5
12
25
5
21
7

December 10
December 12
December 13
December 14
December 15
December 17
December 18

Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie
Pasquale Natalie

125
96
125
65
77
16
125

34
24
24
27
20
9
40

15
30
20
19
30
8
22

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Joseph J. McCann
Spencer Livsey
Onofrio Lauri
Frank Taberski
Erwin Rudolph
Ralph Greenleaf
Marcel Camp

38
125
68
125
125
125
64

41
31
23
57
37
51
23

15
31
19
20
30
8
22

(53)

December 1929 World Tournament – Game by Game – Chronological/Alphabetical Order cont …
Date

Player

Score

HR

IN

vs

Player

Score

December 10
December 11
December 13
December 15
December 16
December 17
December 18
December 19 *

Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph
Erwin Rudolph

125
125
125
125
125
125
79
69

63
54
111*
37
104
54
54
28

10
5
4
30
6
15
9
17

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Onofrio Lauri
Joseph J. McCann
Spencer Livsey
Pasquale Natalie
Marcel Camp
Frank Taberski
Ralph Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf

December 9
December 11
December 12
December 14
December 16
December 17
December 18

Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski
Frank Taberski

82
125
125
125
0
57
125

29
25
50
57
0
27
46

23
24
12
20
1
15
23

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Marcel Camp
Spencer Livsey
Joseph J. McCann
Pasquale Natalie
Ralph Greenleaf
Erwin Rudolph
Onofrio Lauri

* Playoff: First - Second

(54)

HR

IN

51
14
-2
77
9
57
125
125

28
8
0
20
4
27
89
44

9
5
4
30
6
15
10
18

125
48
31
65
125
125
71

24
18
15
27
126**
54
41

23
24
11
19
2
15
23

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