Straight Pool – Crane vs. Balsis 150 and out 1966 pt 1


1966 US Open.

25 Responses to “Straight Pool – Crane vs. Balsis 150 and out 1966 pt 1”

  1. The1andOnly1ToB  on November 4th, 2011

    This is a feat in sports that will probably never be repeated…it is truly one of the greatest sporting feats

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  2. vvns2  on November 4th, 2011

    WOW. just WOW. Never watched straight pool before. This is so cool.

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  3. nomibe2911  on November 4th, 2011

    Wow this is pool I never knew people played. He has to make his last shot while breaking the balls that were set up.

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  4. MusicianMaestro  on November 4th, 2011

    Crane used his Balabushka cue that was made for him.

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  5. roo7227  on November 4th, 2011

    @nman48 That 526 was done on an 8 foot table, and loses it’s luster because of it… George “Ginky” San Souci’s 429 on a 9 foot is much more impressive..

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  6. answerstolucky  on November 4th, 2011

    Absolutely Fantastic to be able to watch this! Blessings to one(s) responsible for posting this!!

    I cherish this old time pool, back when more skill was required (table size and strategy).

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  7. TheWillsmith13  on November 4th, 2011

    does anyone know what cue crane is using ?

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  8. steveturnerx  on November 4th, 2011

    david wesley wilder is 1000 times better than these guys x 10…

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  9. duster413  on November 4th, 2011

    @mastercueartist It’s hard to be sure due to the graininess of the old B&W film, but I think you may be correct…A buddy of mine has a ’64 vintage Palmer cue, and it is a fine piece and has very simular joint and butt designs… One of the most well-balanced cues I’ve ever held…..

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  10. mastercueartist  on November 4th, 2011

    i may be wrong here but i dont think i am…but i believe balsis is playing with a palmer cue

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  11. GetMeThere1  on November 4th, 2011

    @duster413 : Oh yeah! I’m not saying these guys aren’t great. Thanks for posting this, it’s fabulous!

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  12. duster413  on November 4th, 2011

    @GetMeThere1 Yeah, they do look pretty big. I don’t know what the pro tournament standard was in ’66, but I know it has changed many times back and forth over the years. In Crane’s defense though, I notice that most of his shots are right down the middle, with only a few “pocket cheats” happening.

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  13. duster413  on November 4th, 2011

    @pepamethodman It looks like a 4-1/2 x 9 to me, which is usually used in the U.S. open…

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  14. pepamethodman  on November 4th, 2011

    @duster413 is this a 8ft table?

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  15. coryjor  on November 4th, 2011

    What a great match! I’ve watched it 3 times. These guys are real professionals–both of them, even though Balsis never got much of a chance.

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  16. GetMeThere1  on November 4th, 2011

    @duster413 : But those pockets are mighty wide–considerably wider, I’d bet, than current tournament standards. I think current pocket widths are 4 1/2 ” and I”d bet these are 5 1/2.

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  17. cjamadei1  on November 4th, 2011

    @cjr3559 if you foul and pocket a ball on the same shot the ball is spotted and not counted toward your total. if you watch again you will notice that all 15 balls are in the rack after he scratched.

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  18. cjr3559  on November 4th, 2011

    How did Crane lose a point on the shot where he scratched? If he pocketed the ball legally, he should get a point for that ball, and then lose the point for scratching, correct? So the score should have been 12-2, not 12-1. What am I missing?

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  19. MilltowneMike  on November 4th, 2011

    ill tell you one things, that table is a bucket

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  20. Anonomousxxx  on November 4th, 2011

    nice commentary

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  21. MrMudneck  on November 4th, 2011

    I love this match. what technicians.

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  22. Mosconi526  on November 4th, 2011

    Mr. Crane Never REALLY Gambled on shots during A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH FOR THE TITLE but during exhibition matches like this one he did take some chance shots… and i enjoyed seeing him do that! He’s such a show-off if he wanted to be! lol.. But after playing Mosconi all those years how could one not get better at their own game!! WOW

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  23. Mosconi526  on November 4th, 2011

    This is all true… i love both players myself but Mosconi is my all time Pocket Billiards Idol!! Flora (his wife) and Willie Mosconi Jr. are friends of mine and Flora is right… “nobody can shoot like Willie!.. When he played 14.1 it was as easy as Breathing to him… Truly beyond his own time..” . And as for his 526 Run… he didnt miss…. He got tired and quit.. I mean, he did run 526 balls in 2 hrs and 20 minutes!! Im good to get to 150 by then sometimes! ha ha..

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  24. COLUMBINE1818  on November 4th, 2011

    Crane never had to take any outlandish or amazing shots, because he was so good at position play that he didn’t have to. he doesn’t have to take very many bank shots at all because he’s a surgon on the pool table. Mosconi was a great player and did amazing things for the game, but I like Crane’s play better.

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  25. lemonite1  on November 4th, 2011

    Watching this video, I don’t know how true this is. He does gamble on some shots. Irving Crane was a great ball pocketer.

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