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McGoorty: A Pool Room Hustler

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The Broadway Books Library of Larceny
Luc Sante, General Editor

McGoorty is master billiards writer Robert Byrne’s racy account of the life of Danny McGoorty, a billiards champion of that bygone era when cue artists were often scam artists and pool rooms were held to be dens of iniquity. Hustler and hobo, womanizer and fashion plate, McGoorty was at once eyewitness to Capone
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 23rd 2004 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 1972)
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Joshua
Mar 04, 2009 Joshua rated it really liked it
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Wow, this was a bawdy piece of fun. Dan McGoorty--self claimed pool hustler, drunk, hobo and ladies man--takes us through the key points in his life. Learning how to play billiards--three cushion his specialty--in Chicago in the 1920s, riding the rails in the '30s, decades of drunken tales, various women he's bedded and finally off the drink while trying to still win billiard championships.

Lively, crude, honest (at least according to McGoorty) and full of pool/billiard tales from start to finis
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J.C.
Aug 31, 2011 J.C. rated it liked it
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A autobiography about a semi famous pool and billiards player who told his story to the author a few months before his death. 3 and a half for me.

Told by a rough talking, booze and broad hound with a gift for the colorful use of the English language, we take a short but enjoyable journey into his life story (kind of an adventure that guy had) and a history of billiards pool and snooker at the heights of their popularity. Although I wouldn't want to trade places with him I can say I did enjoy st
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Chuck
May 29, 2008 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book, and a true story, about a hobo pool hustler. The book was written based on interviews and told in Mcgoorty's voice. The book is rich in its language and gives one a real feeling of the man and the times he lived.
Robert
May 28, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"...It was his fate to see the game he loved shrink steadily until it almost disappeared."

A sad oral history of a billiard player who lived to long and saw the game die around him. Sociologically interesting for the raw language and now (and even then) arcane slang.
Emil Kruthoffer
Nov 03, 2012 Emil Kruthoffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rip-roaring fun from an old coot recounting the days when Americans played proper billiards, without pockets.
Kit Fox
Nov 30, 2007 Kit Fox rated it it was amazing
Great read about an old-school SF pool hustler. His hustler argot is pretty funny, too. Doesn't have too many tips on how to improve your game, though. Man, I really suck at pool.
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Robert Byrne is the author of seven novels, five collections of humorous quotations, seven books on billiards, two anthologies, and an expose of frauds in the literary world. One of his novels, Thrill, was made into NBC’s Monday Night Movie, which aired for the first time on May 20, 1996. Four of his novels were selections of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and published in many languages. His sty ...more
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