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Willie's Game: An Autobiography Hardcover – April, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers need not be pool players or even know the rudiments of the game to enjoy this autobiography. Born in 1913, the son of a Philadelphia pool-hall manager, Mosconi made his mark as a child prodigy at age six, then "retired," returning to the game in his teens when his parents became ill and he had to support the family. He went on to win 15 pool championships before retiring permanently in 1966; some of the many records he set still stand. Writing with Cohen ( A Magic Summer: The '69 Mets ), Mosconi makes pool's technical aspects comprehensible as he explains its jargon. His vivid evocation of the sport's furious competitiveness, the fantastic concentration required and the need to focus on one's game rather than on one's opponent makes it clear that pool is as demanding as boxing or pro football--even though the top-flight contestants play in tuxedos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Pool, or billiards, is enjoying a yuppie-induced renaissance of late. Mosconi, the record 15-time world champion player/legend, played from the 1930s to his retirement in the late 1970s. Noted for his speedy shooting style and his professional manner, Mosconi here provides a fascinating glimpse of his 50 years in the subculture's circuits and venues. His reminiscences of colorful legends of the game, like Ralph Greenleaf and the inimitable Minnesota Fats, are especially noteworthy, while his account of his early years growing up in Philadelphia, the grind of the road, wartime service, and health troubles convey aspects of the human predicament. The biggest problem for general readers will be the numerous play-by-play accounts of memorable games. Unless one is already versed in the rules, scoring, and so forth, these passages quickly become tiresome. While not a necessary purchase for most libraries, the book's overall entertainment and historical value are high. Purchase where sports books are heavily circulated.
- David M Turkalo, Social Law Lib. , Boston
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025874950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025874954
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Willie's Game chronicles the life of Willie Mosconi, one of the greatest pool players in the history of the game. That in itself makes it a necessary edition to a billiard enthusiast's bookcase, but those interested in sports, competition, and prodigies will enjoy it too.
From learning to play by hitting potatoes around on the pool table, to winning tournaments for big money, to setting the world record for the most balls run (526), Mosconi did it all. He talks a lot in his autobiography about what makes a good player, and about the difference between an apt technician and a champion.
As you'd expect, the personalities are colorful, especially when set against the background of early twentieth century America. Mosconi doesn't mince words about his impressions of and experiences with other pool notables. There's a lot of valuable pool history and anecdotes here.
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Outstanding book that gives you a look at one of the greatest champions of pool of all time. Very well written with Stanley Cohen (written many sports books). Cohen uses an unusal writing style, letting Mosconi speak in his own words and then uses seperate interviews or other historical research to add to his story.

Very well written and an easy read.
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This was an interesting read about a very interesting man. Well written, with views from Mosconi's perspective, as well as those who knew him and excellent information from the author too. Anyone who has an interest in pocket billiards (Mr. Mosconi hated the term "pool" because he felt it referred to the seedier aspect of the game's roots, as you can learn in this book) beyond the occasional game in a bar will definitely enjoy this book.
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