Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool

R.A. Dyer

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Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool

Hustler Days Minnesota Fats Wimpy Lassiter Jersey Red and America s Great Age of Pool Minnesota Fats was a brilliant pool player but he was even better at lying about his past Wimpy Lassiter the gentleman hustler started playing at age seven and for the rest of his life lived for t

  • Title: Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool
  • Author: R.A. Dyer
  • ISBN: 9781592286461
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • Minnesota Fats was a brilliant pool player, but he was even better at lying about his past Wimpy Lassiter, the gentleman hustler, started playing at age seven, and for the rest of his life lived for therush of victory and high stakes Violent and determined, Jersey Red made and lost a fortune at the table.With a passion for the game evident on every page, R A Dyer takesMinnesota Fats was a brilliant pool player, but he was even better at lying about his past Wimpy Lassiter, the gentleman hustler, started playing at age seven, and for the rest of his life lived for therush of victory and high stakes Violent and determined, Jersey Red made and lost a fortune at the table.With a passion for the game evident on every page, R A Dyer takes us through the smoky bars and late nights where a win was just as dangerous as a loss He captures the game s popularity in the thirties, its dark days in the fifties, and its renaissance and apex in the sixties, fueled by the smashing success of Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason going toe to toe in The Hustler It was an era that culminated in the legendary nationally televised tournaments in Little Egypt, Illinois, where Jersey Red and Wimpy Lassiter went at it for hours And it was anera that ended in perhaps the most dramatic scene in all of pool Just as Jersey Red beat Wimpy Lassiter in 1969, after a decade of bitter rivalry, the police shut down the tournament Cameras in tow, they arrested eighty hustlers including the new champion From Fats s first showdown in Brooklyn, with a Texas style gunslinger in cowboy boots and revolvers to world championship clashes, Hustler Days is a rollicking portrait of one of our national treasures.

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    One thought on “Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool

    1. Harold on said:

      Give me a well written book about pool hustlers, card sharps, con artists, etc. and I'm in heaven every time. The book engrosses me and I find myself reading through it much quicker than my usual (snail's) pace. I'm fascinated by the mix of psychology and deception tinged to a greater or lesser extent with larceny and the taking advantage of the pigeon's greed. A con artist uses deception, lies and most of all the sucker's greed to lure him or her into a deceptive scheme. In the hands of an expe [...]

    2. Gimbi on said:

      Fun read, but definitely for billiard players. Not something I'd recommend if you weren't already interested.

    3. CD on said:

      Let's Go! The hustler's cry of challenge from the dim not so distant past is the imperative of this book.R. A. Dyer takes the reader on a reverent romp through a chapter of forgotten or little known history. This story is from a segment of America that did its best to hide for most of the first half of the 20th century. Then, as it was about to wane forever, a renaissance driven by a Hollywood movie gave rise to a new chapter chronicled here through the stories of three important figures and man [...]

    4. Joshua on said:

      Second pool based book of the year and looking for more! This tells the story of three of the major players in pool history: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter and Jersey Red. I'm fascinated by this lost world of pool halls--especially before the 1950s--when these men criss crossed the country in search of one thing: suckers. Great.

    5. Gregory on said:

      For anybody who ever "shot stick" this is a rare glimpse into the glory days of American Pool and Pool Halls. First Edition w/Dust Jacket

    6. aaron on said:

      this is a good, simple read about the golden age of pool. it contains storys about some of the best pool players of the age, minnesota fats, jersey red, and wimpy lassiter. good, quick read.

    7. Lindig on said:

      Golden Age of pool playing in the U.S. 1950s-70s; Jersey Red, Willie Mosconi, Minnesota Fats, and more. for Perm. Lib.

    8. Todd A on said:

      Cigar filled back rooms full of wagers- easy read about the glory days of pool. Tracks the stars like Minnesota Fats and Jersey Red.

    9. Carey on said:

      5 stars if you're at all interested in pool, pool players, gambling or were taken with The Color of Money or The Hustler. If not, then it's more of a 3 star book.

    10. G Scott on said:

      A good book about the real pool hustlers. Imbibed with all the highs & lows that that life brings.

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