March 19, 2017

On March 19, 1954, Willie Mosconi set the world record by running 526 consecutive balls during a straight pool exhibition at East High Billiard Club in Springfield, Ohio, a record which remains unbroken.

In straight pool, the one and five balls are in each corner of the rack and the other balls are arranged randomly. The goal is to reach a set number of points determined before the game. One point is scored for each ball pocketed and the players may attempt any ball on the table. In professional competition, straight pool is usually played to 125 points. Straight pool is a call-pocket game, meaning the player must indicate the intended object ball and pocket on every shot.

Mosconi pocketed 526 consecutive balls without a miss. A handwritten and notarized affidavit with the signatures of more than 35 eyewitnesses exists as proof of this feat.


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