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Willie Hoppe

Willie Hoppe (Billiards.  Born, Cornwall, NY, Oct. 11, 1887; died, Miami, FL, Dec. 14, 1959.)  William Frederick Hoppe first broke into the sports headlines in 1906.  He was only 18 years old, but he was confident. And all he did was win the world 18.1 balkline championship in Paris.  This youngster was later to become, perhaps, the best known of the world’s top three-cushion billiards players, holding sway over that style of billiards for about the last dozen years of his active career.  In 1940, Hoppe entered the international tournament in Chicago against the world’s best three-cushion players. He won all 21 of his three-cushion matches and emerged as the undisputed champion, the very best in his game.  From 1940-52, Hoppe won the three-cushion championship 10 times in 12 years and became world-famous through appearances and exhibitions.  After the 1952 tournament, Hoppe retired from active competition.  He did perform exhibitions for a short period, but his magic touch was left for others to challenge.

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