Jack Kelly is the author of Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards & Pyrotechnics (Basic Books) and other popular works of history.
A History of Billiards in Americaby Jack Kelly
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This is a 6,100-word essay that givss a concise history of billiards in America. "A History of Billiards in America" begins in 1859 when billiards was one of the biggest money sports in the country. Michael Phelan, the renowned father of American Billiards was playing the young master John Seereiter for an enormous stake. The article goes on to chronicle the story of this fascinating sport and the colorful characters who were devoted to it, from Mark Twain to Minnesota Fats. There is no better concise description of the game’s evolution and lore, its personalities, equipment and history. A must for anyone who’s ever picked up a cue.
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