Born in Philadelphia, Mosconi learned his game at the pool hall owned by his father. Before long, Mosconi was considered a child prodigy, with advertisements posted challenging experienced players to try to beat him at billiards. Mosconi eventually beat the best players, winning the world championship fifteen times. He also consulted on and appeared in several movies dealing with billiards, made game show appearances and wrote a book of advice on pool playing.
Papers documenting the life and career of the 15-time world champion billiard player. Includes photographs, business papers, letters, videos of Mosconi in action, printed material, and signed affidavits attesting to his record-setting plays. 2014 addendum includes letters, photographs, programs from billiard events, magazines, DVDs, advertisements with Mosconi's endorsement, a script for an instructional film, trading cards, business records, a reel to reel tape, and two date books from 1964 and 1965 containing Mosconi's travel schedule.
Willie Mosconi Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
2000.3054 (NMAH Acc.)
2014.3091 (NMAH Acc.)
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