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.

LaytonJohnny Layton “The Diamond King” (1887-1956) Inducted 1976

Johnny Layton was born in 1887 in Sedalia, Mo., won the world’s three-cushion championship 12 times, defeating such champions as Willie Hoppe, Welker Cochran, Jake Schaefer, Jr. and Augie Kieckhefer in the 1920s and 1930s.  Layton recorded the high three-cushion game mark of 50 points in 23 innings, a record which still stands today.  He was credited with originating the method of using the diamond system, using table markers to indicate direction of ball rebounds, a style that he perfected through the application of his highly developed mathematical mind.

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.

Johnny Layton
“The Diamond King”
1887 – 1956
Inducted 1976


Pool-Billiard’s Johnny Layton in BCA Hall of Fame – 1976