Pool & Billiard Magazine DAILY periodically spotlights a player or promoter who has been previously inducted into the Billiard Congress of America’s HALL OF FAME.

CraneIrving Crane “The Deacon” (1915-2001) Inducted 1978

Irving Crane was born in Livonia, New York.  His love for the game started as a child, when he was given a toy billiard table. Although he played steadily as a teenager, he did not enter tournament play until the age of 23.  He won his first world title in 1942.  Since then, he has won almost two dozen major championships, including the world crown in 1946, 1955, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, plus the International Round Robin championship in 1968.Crane was the victor in the 1978 World Series of Billiards (a combination of 14.1 and 9-ball) against a strong field of outstanding competitors. His greatest triumph, however, was his victory in the 1966 U.S. Open, when he won the championship in a never-to-be-excelled record run of 150 and out.

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 beHOFgallery_200en 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 Irving “Decaon” Crane in BCA Hall of Fame – 1978