Bruce Christopher

Bruce Christopher – Inducted 2008

Bruce Christopher started playing pool in his hometown of Belleville at the age of seven, using a sawed-off golf club and a bag of marbles on his mother’s kitchen table. Several years later, the man they call “Superstroke” was challenging and defeating some of the best billiards players in the world including the legendary Minnesota Fats and Willie Mosconi. From his humble beginnings in Belleville, Christopher eventually made New York City his home base, and was soon travelling the globe as a billiards player, teacher and coach in a career that spanned more than 40 years. During that time, he entered the Guinness Book of World Records after sinking 5,688 balls consecutively over a 24-hour period, a feat that was filmed for ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Christopher was named Billiards Man of the Year in 1976 by Sports Illustrated magazine and won similar honours in the American Billiards Review. Two year earlier, he won the largest single purse ever handed out at that time $70,000 for winning a match in India. At one time, Christopher had his hands insured for $400,000. He participated in the 1978 Money Players Shootout in Las Vegas which was filmed for the CBS Sports Spectacular. He acted as a billiards advisor and consultant on various TV programs and films and for three years in a row, 1975 to 1977, was named the Entertainer of the Year by the American Billiards Review. Despite many of his competitive claims to fame, Christopher’s real strength may have been as an enthusiastic promoter of his game which included the publication of his own book, My Winning Secrets, featuring tips, lessons and advice for future pool stars. Minnesota Fats once said: Bruce Christopher has opened doors that pool players would never have gotten a chance to knock on before.

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