Gold Crown IV

Gold Crown IV
FastMikie's Fun House, Del Mar, California

Saturday, December 17, 2005

McGoorty: A Pool Room Hustler

This book is slow getting around to the subject of pool.
(or in this case, mostly billiards)
The first half deals almost exclusively with his addictions
to drinking, womanizing, and not working.
I was getting real tired of the same old story
and ready to put put the book on the shelf,
but then it started picking up in the second half.
The story of Danny McGoorty covers 50 years
of shooting world class billiards, and some pool,
playing against the legends of his era.

Certainly one of the more unique characters in the game,
and written from notes taken by his friend and writer
Robert Byrne (author of many books on pool)
in conversations just before McGoorty's death from cancer.
And the first person narrative is done in McGoorty's
brilliantly colorful (off-colorful?) way of talking.

A great read if you flip through the first hundred pages.

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