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HUSTLERS' HOLIDAY IN THE LIONS' DEN
Tom Fox
December 04, 1961
New York Fats, self-proclaimed greatest pool hustler of them all, battles his peers with cue and quips and action on the side
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December 04, 1961

Hustlers' Holiday In The Lions' Den

New York Fats, self-proclaimed greatest pool hustler of them all, battles his peers with cue and quips and action on the side

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"Fats is the hustler's hustler."

Somebody asks Fats for a good definition of a hustler.

"A hustler is anyone who has to make a living," Fat Man says. "A champion golfer who plays a match for money is a hustler; a guy who plays pool for a couple of bucks at the Elks Club or a bowling alley is a hustler, too.

"You go in the world's finest clothing store and the salesman hustles you. He puts you in a size 30 suit when you need size 50 and he tells you you look beautiful. And if you don't watch the guy he'll convince you it's such a bargain you can't pass it up.

"And you take a stockbroker, he's not only a hustler, he's a tout as well because he's getting inside information.

"But I'll give you a better example. President Kennedy, he's a hustler. He had to outhustle Nixon for the White House. He hustled a year to win it.

"No, I take that back. I never talk religion or politics and I got no right calling President Kennedy a hustler, even if he is one."

The first annual World's One-Pocket Billiards Tournament, played in Johnston City, Ill., was won by Johnny Vevis of San Francisco, with Jimmy Moore of Albuquerque, N.M. second. Hubert Cokes finished third, and Rudolph Wanderone was fourth.

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