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Steve Mizerak
Born(1944-10-12)12 October 1944
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Died29 May 2006(2006-05-29) (aged 61)
Sport country United States
Nickname"The Miz"
Tournament wins
Other titles80
World ChampionStraight Pool (1982, 1983)

Stephen Mizerak Jr.[1] (October 12, 1944 – May 29, 2006), better known as Steve Mizerak, was an American pool player, who was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Mizerak is considered one of the best straight pool players of all time, dominant in the game during the 1970s, winning over 70 tournament in his career. Mizerak won the World Straight Pool Championship twice, including a record 4 consecutive BCA U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship titles. Nicknamed "The Miz", he had a high run of 421 balls.

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Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Perth Amboy is a city in Middlesex County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Perth Amboy is part of the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2020 United States census, the city's population was 55,436, an increase of 4,622 (+9.1%) from the 2010 census count of 50,814, which in turn reflected an increase of 3,511 (+7.4%) from the 47,303 counted in the 2000 census. Perth Amboy has a Hispanic majority population. In the 2010 census, the Hispanic population made up 78.1% of the population, the second-highest in the state, behind Union City at 84.7%. Perth Amboy is known as the "City by the Bay", referring to its location adjoining Raritan Bay. The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program calculated that the city's population was 55,291 in 2021, ranking the city as the 719th-most-populous in the country.

World Straight Pool Championship

World Straight Pool Championship

The World Straight Pool Championship is a pool competition, that was held up until the game of Nine-ball became popularized in America. It was the most prestigious straight pool tournament up until the 2010s, when tournaments like the American 14.1 Straight Pool Championship and the European Pool Championship 14.1 that are still held annually, have gained prominence in recent years. During the tournament's early years, it was the only global professional title for straight pool. The event was revived in 2006, in part to restore the game's popularity in the United States. The World Straight Pool Championship was held in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 and was sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA), until ending in 2010, and with it the tournament's history of nearly 100 years. Ralph Greenleaf & Willie Mosconi are the most successful players having both won the tournament on 19 occasions. The oldest player to win the tournament is Irving Crane at 59 years old at the time of his victory. The youngest player to win the tournament is Ralph Greenleaf at 20 years old at the time of his first victory.

U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship

U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship

The U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship is a pool tournament held in the United States, and one of the few featuring the discipline of straight pool. The tournament has been held inconsistently and has been dormant since 2019. The tournament has been a less prestigious tournament since 2000, the last time the tournament was sanctioned by the Billiard Congress of America (BCA). The CueSports International (CSI) has sanctioned the event since, in 2007, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Steve Mizerak is the most successful player having won the tournament four times consecutively. The oldest player to win the tournament is Jimmy Caras at 58 years old at the time of his victory. The youngest player to win the tournament is Oliver Ortmann at 22 years old at the time of his victory.

Career

Mizerak, a lefty, began playing pool under the guidance of his father, who for many years had been the New Jersey State Champion. Mizerak's father opened a pool hall in Metuchen. There, Mizerak played billiards for the first time at the age of 4. At the age of 5, Mizerak trained for hours every day before doing his first exhibitions at the age of 6. By the age of 11 he had already run 50 balls at straight pool, and 100 by the age of 13. At 15 he won the Perth Amboy City Championship. The next year he was refused entry into that event; they said he was too good. Numerous observers and players predicted a golden future for Mizerak, and he was already being compared to Willie Mosconi. In 1965 when Mizerak was 20 years old he qualified for the World Straight Pool Championship, where he shocked the pool world by defeating top players like Irving Crane, Luther Lassiter, and Joe Balsis. The 1960s saw a decline for the World Straight Pool Championship, as the era of the Hustlers in the Johnston City Championship was growing. By this point in his life Mizerak decided it would not be possible to earn a living playing pool full time and went on to attend Athens College in Athens, Alabama.[2] After some time at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, Mizerak graduated from Athens College with a degree in education, history, and psychology in 1967. He then took a position as a history and geography teacher at a secondary school in Perth Amboy, New Jersey were he taught for 13 years.

Mizerak became famous outside of pool circles after appearing in a humorous commercial for Miller Lite beer in 1978, in which he executed three complicated shots (which took more than 100 "takes"), then proclaimed that you can "really work up a thirst, even when you're just showing off." Due to his fame as a result of this commercial, in 1980 Mizerak quit his job as a teacher to further promote Miller Lite in billiards demonstrations at trade shows while continuing on the tournament circuit. He did another dozen or so Miller Lite ads over the next decade.

These advertisements helped popularize pool, and Mizerak himself became well known nationally. He was invited to exhibitions regularly. However, Mizerak struggled in competitions because of his busy schedule of exhibitions promoting Miller Lite. Mizerak by this time had established himself as one of the best players in the world winning the BCA U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship four years in a row, a record which still stands. In 1979 Mizerak once again proved his dominance by winning the U.S. Open 9-ball Championship, defeating Jim Rempe in the finals and going undefeated in the tournament. In the 1970s Mizerak had 40 professional tournament victories, more that any other player that decade. Due to this Mizerak was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame in 1980. At the time Mizerak was the youngest player ever to receive this honour.

In the 1980s, Mizerak was still very active as an advertising face, which is why he was able to focus on the actual game to a limited extent. In 1986 he had a guest role in the film The Color of Money. Mizerak won back-to-back World Straight Pool Championship titles in 1982 and 1983, and multiple Nine-ball tournaments throughout the 1980s. After that, however, in the 90s weight problems prevented him from winning other big titles, even though he continued to actively play in tournaments and winning smaller events. He reached a major final in 1989 and was his 5th final of the U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship although falling short to German champion Oliver Ortmann. In the mid 90s Mizerak had settled in Florida were he founded the senior tour for professional billiards players in 1996. He owned a Florida-based company that sold billiards equipment, ran a billiards parlor in Lake Park, Fla., and wrote instructional books, one of them titled "Just Showin' Off."

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New Jersey

New Jersey

New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by the state of New York; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by Delaware Bay and the state of Delaware. At 7,354 square miles (19,050 km2), New Jersey is the fifth-smallest state in land area; but with close to 9.3 million residents, it ranks 11th in population and first in population density. The state capital is Trenton, and the most populous city is Newark. With the exception of Warren County, all of the state's 21 counties lie within the combined statistical areas of New York City or Philadelphia.

Metuchen, New Jersey

Metuchen, New Jersey

Metuchen is a suburban borough in Middlesex County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The borough is a commuter town of New York City, located in the heart of the Raritan Valley region within the New York Metropolitan area. The borough, along with Edison, is a regional commercial hub for Central New Jersey. The borough is 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of New Brunswick, 17 miles (27 km) southwest of Newark, 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Jersey City, and 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Manhattan.

Willie Mosconi

Willie Mosconi

William Joseph Mosconi was an American professional pool player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mosconi is widely considered one of the greatest pool players of all time. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship nineteen times. For most of the 20th century, his name was essentially synonymous with pool in North America – he was nicknamed "Mr. Pocket Billiards" – and he was among the first Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame inductees. Mosconi pioneered and regularly employed numerous trick shots, set many records, and helped to popularize pool as a national recreation activity.

Irving Crane

Irving Crane

Irving Crane, nicknamed "the Deacon", was an American pool player from Livonia, New York, and ranks among the stellar players in the history of the sport. Widely considered one of the greatest pool players of all time, and a member of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame, he is best known for his mastery in the game of straight pool at which he won numerous championships, including six World Straight Pool Championship titles.

Luther Lassiter

Luther Lassiter

Luther Clement Lassiter, Jr., nicknamed Wimpy, was an American pool player from Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The winner of 7 world pocket billiard championships and numerous other titles, Lassiter is most well known for his wizardry in the game of nine-ball and is widely considered one of the greatest players in history, He was inducted into the Billiards Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 1983. That same year, he was also inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He was ranked number 9 on the Billiards Digest 50 Greatest Players of the Century.

Joe Balsis

Joe Balsis

Joseph (Joe) Balsis, nicknamed "the Meatman", was an American professional pool player, who was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 1982.

Miller Lite

Miller Lite

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U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship

U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship

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Jim Rempe

Jim Rempe

James Rempe is an American professional pocket billiards (pool) player, and was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 2002.

Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame

Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame

This is the list of people inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's hall of fame to honour outstanding people who, through their competitive skills and dedication, have enriched the sport and industry. Two categories have been established in the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame. The "Greatest Player" category is awarded for outstanding players who must be 40 years of age or older, have been active professionals for at least 10 years and have recorded significant achievements in national or international competition recognized by the BCA. The "Meritorious Service" category (•) is awarded for those who have made lasting, memorable and important contributions to the game or the billiards industry.

Nine-ball

Nine-ball

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Oliver Ortmann

Oliver Ortmann

Oliver Ortmann is a German professional pool player from Gelsenkirchen. Ortmann is a three-time world champion, winning the 1995 WPA World Nine-ball Championship and the 2007 and 2010 World Straight Pool Championship. Ortmann became the second player to win three WPA world championships. With fourteen wins, he the second most successful player at the European Pool Championships. Ortmann is also the second most successful player on the Euro Tour, winning fourteen events. Ortmann was the first non-American player to win the BCA U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship, in 1989.

Snooker

In 1978, Mizerak becoming the first American-born player to compete in a professional Snooker event. He competed in the 1978 Canadian Open, Mizerak won his first match, including an 81 break, but lost to Tony Knowles by 9 frames to 7.

Mizerak also played in a series of snooker and pool challenge matches from 1974 to 1990 – rare televised examples of Mizerak playing snooker – against the top snooker players in the world, John Spencer, Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Joe Johnson and Stephen Hendry. The competition's were a best of Snooker & various Pool games, this meant that Mizerak was a slight favourite due to his opponents unfamiliarity with Pool and his slight knowledge of Snooker.[3]

In 1974, Mizerak competed against John Spencer in Snooker and Straight Pool. He won all 3 frames of Straight Pool and unexpectedly won 2 of the 3 frames in Snooker, to win the overall competition. Later, in 1987 Mizerak competed against Steve Davis, this time in Snooker, Straight Pool and Nine-Ball. Despite losing heavily to Davis by 5 frames to 1 in Snooker, Mizerak won both in Straight Pool and Nine-Ball to be the overall winner. In the following years, he competed against Jimmy White in 1988, Joe Johnson in 1989 and Stephen Hendry in 1990. Mizerak again lost against all three in Snooker but won both in Straight Pool and Eight-Ball, to be undefeated in the overall title.

Mizerak stated in the post-tournament interview after his match with Steve Davis that he intended to enter the World Snooker Championship.[4] He turned professional in 1988 and competed in the event in 1988 and 1989, but failed to progress beyond the first round of qualifying on both occasions, losing to low-ranked snooker professionals. In 1988, he lost 10 frames to 2 to Anthony Harris, and the following year was beaten by 10 frames to 1 by Mark Rowling, before giving up on his snooker ambitions.[5][6]

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Snooker

Snooker is a cue sport played on a rectangular table covered with a green cloth called baize, with six pockets, one at each corner and one in the middle of each long side. First played by British Army officers stationed in India in the second half of the 19th century, the game is played with twenty-two balls, comprising a white cue ball, fifteen red balls, and six other balls—a yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, and black—collectively called the colours. Using a cue stick, the individual players or teams take turns to strike the cue ball to pot other balls in a predefined sequence, accumulating points for each successful pot and for each time the opposing player or team commits a foul. An individual frame of snooker is won by the player who has scored the most points. A snooker match ends when a player reaches a predetermined number of frames.

1978 Canadian Open

1978 Canadian Open

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Tony Knowles (snooker player)

Tony Knowles (snooker player)

Anthony Knowles is an English former professional snooker player. He won the 1982 International Open and the 1983 Professional Players Tournament, and was a three times semi-finalist in the World Professional Snooker Championship in the 1980s. His highest world ranking was second, in the 1984/85 season.

Exhibition game

Exhibition game

An exhibition game is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced. In team sports, matches of this type are often used to help coaches and managers select and condition players for the competitive matches of a league season or tournament. If the players usually play in different teams in other leagues, exhibition games offer an opportunity for the players to learn to work with each other. The games can be held between separate teams or between parts of the same team.

John Spencer (snooker player)

John Spencer (snooker player)

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Steve Davis

Steve Davis

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Jimmy White

Jimmy White

James Warren White is an English professional snooker player who has won three seniors World titles. Nicknamed "The Whirlwind" because of his fluid, attacking style of play, White is the 1980 World Amateur Champion, 2009 Six-red World champion, a three-time World Seniors Champion, 2019 Seniors 6-Red World Champion and 1984 World Doubles champion with Alex Higgins.

Joe Johnson (snooker player)

Joe Johnson (snooker player)

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Stephen Hendry

Stephen Hendry

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Later life

Mizerak owned and operated pool halls in the West Palm Beach-Lake Park, Florida area during the 1990s and 2000s. He founded the Senior Tour in 1996 for players over 50, which held around 5 or 6 tournaments a year, and offered guaranteed prize money of $25,000 to $50,000. The tour's home was at a billiard hall he opened in Lake Park called Steve Mizerak's Billiards.

Mizerak suffered from obesity for the later part of his adult life, weighing over 400 lbs by the end of his career. Mizerak suffered a stroke in 2001 at the age of 56 which left him with physical challenges that prevented him from playing pool competitively, subsequently retiring in 2001.

in 1999 he was ranked number 6 among the Billiards Digest "50 Greatest Players of the Century" and ranked 2nd "Greatest Living Player of the Century".[7]

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West Palm Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach is a city in and the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It is located immediately to the west of the adjacent Palm Beach, which is situated on a barrier island across the Lake Worth Lagoon. The population was 117,415 at the 2020 census. West Palm Beach is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to 6,138,333 people in 2020. It is the oldest incorporated municipality in the South Florida area, incorporated as a city two years before Miami in November 1894. West Palm Beach is located approximately 68 miles (109 km) north of Downtown Miami.

Lake Park, Florida

Lake Park, Florida

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Obesity

Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition, sometimes considered a disease, in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that it may negatively affect health. People are classified as obese when their body mass index (BMI)—a person's weight divided by the square of the person's height—is over 30 kg/m2; the range 25–30 kg/m2 is defined as overweight. Some East Asian countries use lower values to calculate obesity. Obesity is a major cause of disability and is correlated with various diseases and conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Stroke

Stroke

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Death

Mizerak died on May 29, 2006, at the age of 61 due to complications stemming from gall bladder surgery. He is survived by his wife Karen, two sons, and two grandchildren.

Career titles

  • 1960 Perth Amboy City 14.1 Championship
  • 1964 New Jersey State 14.1 Championship
  • 1966 Indiana State 14.1 Championship
  • 1967 New Jersey State 14.1 Championship
  • 1967 Hi-Cue Challenge 14.1 Championship
  • 1968 New Jersey State 14.1 Championship
  • 1969 Salt Lake City 14.1 Championship
  • 1969 Stardust Open Straight Pool Championship
  • 1968 New Jersey State 14.1 Championship
  • 1970 BCA U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship
  • 1970 New Jersey State 14.1 Championship
  • 1970 U.S. Master's Straight Pool Championship
  • 1971 Michigan Open 14.1 Championship
  • 1971 BCA U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship
  • 1971 U.S. Masters 9-Ball Championship
  • 1971 U.S. Masters All-Around Championship
  • 1972 New Jersey State 14.1 Championship
  • 1972 Michigan Open 14.1 Championship
  • 1972 BCA U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship
  • 1973 New Jersey State 14.1 Championship
  • 1973 Michigan Open 14.1 Championship
  • 1973 Kentucky Classic 14.1 Championship
  • 1973 BCA U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship
  • 1973 Eastern States Classic 14.1 Championship
  • 1973 Kingston Invitational 14.1 Championship
  • 1973 U.S. Masters 9-Ball Championship
  • 1974 New Jersey State 14.1 Championship
  • 1974 U.S. Master's Straight Pool Championship
  • 1974 Pabst-Brunswick Straight Pool Championship
  • 1974 Florida State 14.1 Championship
  • 1974 Ohio State 14.1 Championship
  • 1974 Snooker-Pool Challenge Match vs. (John Spencer)
  • 1974 Billiard News National Open 14.1
  • 1975 Pabst-Brunswick Straight Pool Championship
  • 1975 Empire State Open 14.1 Championship
  • 1976 U.S. Master's Straight Pool Championship
  • 1976 Perth Amboy Open 14.1 Championship
  • 1976 Empire Billiard Open 9-Ball
  • 1976 Hi-Cue Straight Pool Open
  • 1976 Billiard News National Open 14.1
  • 1977 St Louis Open 9-Ball
  • 1977 World Series of Pool
  • 1977 New Jersey State Open 9-Ball
  • 1977 New York State Open 14.1
  • 1978 St Louis Open 9-Ball
  • 1978 New York State Open 9-Ball
  • 1978 Tournament of Champions
  • 1978 Michigan Open 9-Ball
  • 1979 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship
  • 1980 Baltimore Bullet 9-Ball Invitational
  • 1980 England 14.1 Challenge Cup
  • 1980 Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame
  • 1980 Eastern State Open 9-Ball
  • 1982 PPPA World Straight Pool Championship
  • 1982 Eastern State Straight Pool
  • 1982 Florida Open 9-Ball
  • 1983 Billiard Shootout Championship
  • 1983 PPPA World Straight Pool Championship
  • 1983 Houston Red's Open 9-Ball
  • 1983 Billiards Digest Players of the Year
  • 1986 Cue Garden Open 9-Ball
  • 1987 Snooker-Pool Challenge Match vs. (Steve Davis)
  • 1988 Snooker-Pool Challenge Match vs. (Jimmy White)
  • 1988 U.S. Invitational 14.1 Championship
  • 1989 Snooker-Pool Challenge Match vs. (Joe Johnson)
  • 1990 Snooker-Pool Challenge Match vs. (Stephen Hendry)
  • 1991 Southern California Open 9-Ball
  • 1997 Senior Tour Grand Casino Classic
  • 1999 Camel 9-Ball Shootout Scotch Doubles - with (Jeanette Lee)
  • 1999 Billiards Digest 2nd Greatest Living Player of the Century[8]

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J. M. Brunswick

J. M. Brunswick

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John Spencer (snooker player)

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The Baltimore Bullet

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Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame

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Late Night with David Letterman

Late Night with David Letterman

Late Night with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on NBC, the first iteration of the Late Night franchise. It premiered on February 1, 1982, and was produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated, and Carson Productions. Letterman had previously hosted his own morning talk show on NBC from June to October 1980. The show's house band, The World's Most Dangerous Band, was led by music director Paul Shaffer. In 1993, Letterman announced that he would leave NBC to host the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, and the final episode of Late Night aired on June 25, 1993. Since then, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers have each reformatted the series.

The Color of Money

The Color of Money

The Color of Money is a 1986 American sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film was created from a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The film stars Paul Newman and Tom Cruise, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, and John Turturro in supporting roles. It features an original score by Robbie Robertson, and was released on October 17, 1986, after a premier a week earlier at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City in New York. The film grossed $52.3 million at the box office.

Source: "Steve Mizerak", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 28th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Mizerak.

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References
  1. ^ Richard Goldstein (May 31, 2006). "Steve Mizerak, National Pool Champion, Is Dead at 61". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  2. ^ "Steve Mizerak", page 7, The National Billiard News, November 1980. Retrieved May 20, 2007
  3. ^ New York Times - Snooker Debut Won by U.S.
  4. ^ Post-straight-pool and post-tournament interviews with Steve Mizerak and Steve Davis, on The Fiat Snooker Pool Challenge, 1987, VHS home video.
  5. ^ "Steve Mizerak". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  6. ^ Guinness Book Of Snooker World Championship Qualifying rounds Match Results
  7. ^ "Billiards Digest 50 Greatest Players of the Century".
  8. ^ "Billiards Digest 50 Greatest Players of the Century".
External links
Preceded by
Allen Hopkins
US Open Nine-ball Champion
1979
Succeeded by
Jim Rempe

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