1899 – 1950
|— Each week Pool & Billiard Magazine DAILY is spotlighting a player or promoter who has been previously inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s HALL OF FAME.To date (through 2014) a total of 65 individuals have been inducted; 50 in the player category and 15 meritorious service honorees. The following is provided courtesy of the BCA.
This week’s featured Hall of Fame Inductee is Ralph Greenleaf “The Aristocrat” (1899-1950). Greenleaf was inducted in 1966
According to the BCA, “Fourteen-time World Pocket Billiard Champion Ralph Greenleaf possessed all the flash and flair of a natural showman. With his beautiful actress wife, Princess Nai Tai Tai, the handsome Greenleaf put together a sparkling trick-shot performance and toured the vaudeville circuit in the 1920s and 30s. The audiences watched him perform his spectacular shots by looking at a huge mirror suspended on stage over the playing table.Greenleaf won his first Pocket Billiard championship in 1919 and his last one in 1937.
About the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame
A Tradition of Greatness Over Four Decades: Recognizing Outstanding Players and Contributors since 1966.
The purpose of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame is to honor outstanding people who, through their competitive skills and dedication, have enriched our sport and industry.
Two categories have been established in Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame. The Greatest Player category shall be reserved for outstanding players who have been active in national or international competition for at least 20 years and have won at least one national or international championship. The Meritorious Service category shall be reserved for those who have made lasting, memorable and important contributions to billiards.
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Ralph Greenleaf – BCA Hall of Fame Inductee – 1966