Mosconi, Willie(William Joseph Mosconi) (mŏskō`nē), 1913–93, U.S. professional billiard player, b. Philadelphia. After a brief period as a child prodigy he did not take up the game again until 1931. He won his first world championship in 1941, and defended it successfully through 1955 in all years except 1943 and 1949. Beginning in the mid-1950s, Mosconi gave numerous exhibitions and helped to popularize the game. He wrote Willie Mosconi on Pocket Billiards (1954).
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Mosconi, (William Joseph) Willie(1913–93) pocket billiards player; born in Philadelphia. After pocketing $75 in a Depression tournament, he took the first of many world titles in 1941. A tireless promoter of the game, he was technical adviser for the movie The Hustler (1961), and he authored Willie Mosconi on Pockets Billiards (1959).
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