Pool or billiards has been a popular game in one form or another for hundreds of years. No one has ever pinpointed just what it is about the game that attracts so many fans, but no one can deny that that watching skilled players make those impossible seeming shots is a truly exciting experience.
But did you know that many famous people throughout history have been fans of both playing and watching the game, including some people who you would never guess were pool fans. Here's a list of famous pool players and enthusiasts that may surprise you.
1. Mark Twain. Twain often wrote about pool, or billiards as it was then called, in letters to friends and speeches. In 1906 he gave a speech in which he said ‘The game of billiards has destroyed my naturally sweet disposition.' He also included a section on billiards in his 1907 autobiography.
2. George Washington. Although Washington did not have a table in his hose he often frequented the homes of friends who did. Washington often played for money and kept detailed records of his wins and losses. The most he ever won was around $1.75, a princely sum in those days.
3. Abraham Lincoln. This famous president owned a billiards table and was reported to be a highly skilled player who often used the game to think out the issues of the day.
4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart is depicted writing and composing on his billiard table throughout the movie ‘Amadeus'. Many records exist which show this to be true. The famous composer did indeed love the game and often played whilst working on a new piece of music.