Rudolf Walter Wanderone Jr. (January 19, 1913 – January 15, 1996; originally spelled Wanderon) was an American professional billiards player, also known as "Minnesota Fats". "Beat everybody living on Earth. For the real-life pool player who adopted this nickname, see, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, "Minnesota Fats, a Real Hustler With a Pool Cue, Is Dead", "He Still Has the Magic Touch: Willie Mosconi, 75, Says He Doesn't Miss Pool, but on Recent Tour You'd Never Know It", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Minnesota_Fats&oldid=985127508, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 03:33. var date = new Date(); val = parseInt(cookies[i].split('=')); Already registered? Roodle left school at 13 and began to pass his time in pool halls, hustling and gambling. When did organ music become associated with baseball? Fats said that the movie was about him, though the flick really concerned "Fast Eddie" Felson, played by Paul Newman; Gleason's role was a supporting one. No one was more graceful or had more finesse." Widow claims Minnesota Fats couldn’t be Etta James’ dad. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. His most heralded records include a high run of 526 straight balls in exhibition play, set in Springfield, Ill., in 1954; a high grand average of 18.34 in a world tournament in Chicago in 1950, and a best game in which he sank 150 balls in a row in one inning (a perfect game) against a disbelieving Jimmy Moore in Kinston, N.C., in 1956. Author Walter Tevis insisted until his death that he made the character of Minnesota Fats up, and was annoyed at Fats stealing his character; in the sequel, The Color of Money, the Minnesota Fats character dies early on, and was entirely left out of the movie based on the book. }()); By submitting your email address you agree to our. He would ask Minnesota Fats if he had ever been to Minnesota. Rudolf Wanderone was born in 1913. Cue has been lightly used, but is in Excellent condition. We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. NFL roundup: Steelers survive Titans comeback, stay unbeaten, Families of COVID-19 patients may develop physical, mental symptoms of their own, Mid Coast Hunger braces for tough months ahead, Harpswell restaurant closes temporarily after staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Hundreds greet Trump at orchard near Bangor, Maine home sales jump 23%, driven by out-of-state demand, Maine reports 42 new cases of COVID-19 as outbreak linked to church grows, As outbreak grows in Waldo County, state moves its schools to ‘yellow’ category, Fifty new COVID-19 cases reported as Maine passes 6,000 since pandemic began, CMP goes back to the future in bid to calm customers, short-circuit revolt. Willie Mosconi, acknowledged as one of the greatest pocket billiards players in the history of the sport, died on Thursday afternoon at his home in Haddon Heights, N.J. “He hated it that she thought he was her father.”. Born on June 27, 1913, in Philadelphia, Mr. Mosconi learned the game in his father's Philadelphia pool hall. Willie Mosconi – famed as the 15-time winner of the World Straight Pool Championship and technical adviser for The Hustler – disputed the claim, which had the paradoxical effect of giving it more notoriety. (A neighbor hates mine), Where to eat in Orange County in 2020: A guide to the best places, How The Blind Pig got national publicity — it was a case of mistaken identity, 5 books by diverse nature writers to open up new landscapes to readers, Newsom vs. Disney: Pandemic depresses California’s fun businesses, How exploring the hikes and waterfalls of Taiwan connected this writer to her family’s immigration story, Take a peek into the Huntington Library’s expanded Chinese Garden.