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#3. Willie Mosconi – America
William Joseph Mosconi is an American professional pool player who has won the World Straight Pool Championship in an unbeatable fifteen times between the year 1941 and 1957. He is also known by the name of “Mr. Pocket Billiards” and is known to have introduced many of his own tricks to the game of billiards.
Mosconi is the holder of the world record of officially recognized straight pool high run of 526 balls in a row. Mosconi is one of the first three inaugural inductees in the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame in the year 1966.
#2. Ralph Greenleaf – America
Ralph Greenleaf is an American professional pool and carom billiards player. He has won the World Pocket Billiards Championship a whopping twenty times and was one of the first three inaugural inductees in the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame in the year 1966.
Greenleaf passed away in March 1950 and his obituary was posted in The New York Times highly praising and admiring his skills and contribution to the game of pool.
#1. Efren Reyes – Philippines
Efren Manalang Reyes is a Filipino professional pool player. He is the only non-American pool player included in this list. Reyes is the first pool player to win World Championships in two different disciplines. He is also a title holder of a total of 70 international championships.
Efren was the first Asian to be inducted in the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame in the year 2003. He has won numerous titles and awards in his career including the Derby City Classic Championship 14 times, World Pool League Championship two times and World Cup Championship two times. Hence the reason why he has topped the list of the 10 most famous pool players of all time.
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