The_Abbott wrote:Should I know who Horace Lindrum is? Should I be ashamed?
Horace Lindrum was Australian and nephew of Walter Lindrum, the greatest billiard player who ever lived. Horace was the first world class snooker player to provide a serious challenge to Joe Davis. He won his first Australian Professional Snooker title in 1931 aged 19, came to England in 1935 and became an instant hit with the British public. He easily won through to the final of the World Championship at his first attempt, where he led Joe going into the last day 27-24 but Joe won ten straight frames to retain his title, 34-27 (winning lead at 31-27). The following year, he and Joe met in the final again, this time Joe winning 32-29 (winning lead 31-28). After the war, in 1946, Horace reached the final for a third time, where he again lost to Joe, 78-67 (winning lead 73-62). Joe then retired from Championship play. In 1952, there was trouble between the leading professionals and the governing body, the Billiards Association & Control Council. The players believed they weren't getting a fair share of the gate money from Championship matches and that the game wasn't being run properly on a commercial basis. There were also disputes over the "play again" rule, which the BA&CC refused to adopt. It all came to a head when the players (under Joe Davis's chairmanship of the Players Association) decided to boycott the BA&CC sanctioned World Championship in favour of their own event billed as the World Professional "Match-play" Championship. Lindrum, meanwhile had fallen out with the other players over his handicap in the News of the World tournament (also his wife was employed as secretary of the BA&CC) and therefore submitted his entry to the Championship in the usual way. Clark McConachy, the veteran New Zealand billiards player, also entered, out of a sense of loyalty to the BA&CC after they'd given him the opportunity to win the vacant World Professional Billiards title. Thus, Lindrum and McConachy were the only two entrants with the former winning a farce of a match at Manchester's Houldsworth Hall, by the marathon score, 94-49 (winning lead 73-37). For the next five years he toured extensively all over not only Australia but also South Africa and Asia as the "World Champion" until relinquishing the title and handing the trophy back to the BA&CC in 1957. There's little doubt, Horace Lindrum is by far the most travelled billiards and snooker player ever and his exhibition matches were good value. He had a great repertoire of trick shots and amazing "finger spins" - aided by the fact he had double jointed fingers. In 1970 he became the first man to make 1,000 century breaks in public matches - although this feat has been since disputed. He died in 1974 age 62.