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.

TaberskiFrank Taberski “The Snail” (1889-1941) Inducted 1975

Frank Taberski grew up in Schenectady, N.Y. At the age of 26, he attended a pocket billiard championship in New York City, and came home convinced he played as well as the champions.  The next year, he entered and placed third behind Johnny Layton.  From then on, he was almost invincible. In those days, 450 point challenge matches were the means of competition; the prize a ruby and diamond studded gold medal with the proviso that any one who won 10 consecutive challenge matches could keep it.  Alfredo DeOro had come closest with five straight defenses.  By 1918 Taberski had accomplished the impossible and the medal was his.

A Tradition of Greatness:

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.

Pool-Billiard’s Frank Taberski in BCA Hall of Fame – 1975