Pool Stories and Poems


Pool Stories and Poems

Several years ago, when the internet was still new, I got the bright idea of making a site that was dedicated solely to pool and billiards literature. I surveyed all the available online material, chose what I considered the best examples, and built a webpage that featured them. The resulting site, Ace's Cool Pool Lit & Links, became one of the most frequently visited personal pool pages on the web. Related pages, like my pool and billiards in fine art page, my collection of photos of celebrities shooting pool, and my cue and billiards supply pages all enjoyed first page rankings on the major search engines. Visitors poured in.

In fact, so many visitors poured in that my ISP repeatedly threatened to close down my site because my traffic was exceeding their limit. So, I had no choice but to move my site to a new location, www.aceswebworld.com, and to sign up with a new web host. Now, traffic is no longer an issue. The literature presented here in an all new layout has been updated, dead links removed. Hope you enjoy your visit.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain Anecdote

While attending a billiard tourney on the evening of April 24, 1906, Mr. Twain was called on to speak. He told this story:

THE game of billiards has destroyed my naturally sweet disposition. Once, when I was an underpaid reporter in Virginia City, whenever I wished to play billiards I went out to look for an easy mark. One day a stranger came to town and opened a billiard parlor. I looked him over casually. When he proposed a game, I answered, "All right."

"Just knock the balls around a little so that I can get your gait," he said; and when I had done so, he remarked: "I will be perfectly fair with you. I'll play you left-handed." I felt hurt, for he was cross-eyed, freckled, and had red hair, and I determined to teach him a lesson. He won first shot, ran out, took my half-dollar, and all I got was the opportunity to chalk my cue.

"If you can play like that with your left hand," I said, "I'd like to see you play with your right."

"I can't," he said. "I'm left-handed."

Pool Literature on the Web

The Boys' Life of Mark Twain: LXII. A New Era of Billiards by Paine

Fat Man of Pool by Jim Murray

AKA: Nicknames, Monikers & Also Known As - An Index of Pool Player Nicknames, Past and Present

Willie Mosconi - Obit. - Obituary Published September 18, 1993, New York Times

Willie Mosconi: A Profile

Willie Hoppe

A Hustler Teaches the Boys A Lesson by Professor Smith

Fast Mikie Retires His Willie by Michael McCafferty

Pool Tales by Pat Stokes and Jim Meador

Six-Rail Artistry: Antique Tables Transform Billiards and Pool Games Worthy of the Grandest Parlor by Joe Harkins


We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

     ~Gwendolyn Brooks

© 1960 by Gwendolyn Brooks.


Pool Hall Days by Dean McClain

The Blood-Red Cue by David Malone

Custom Cues by David Malone

The Grass-Green Baize by David Malone

The Perfect Match by Carrie Williams

Late Nights in the Pool Hall by Rhonda Nolan Levy

A Pool Player's Luck by David Smith

THE CYCLADES by © Robert Sward

POOLROOM FACES by Joseph Kalar

And One Golf Story

Hacker's Slow Play Ruin's Golf Game by Ace Toscano


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