Steve Mizerak


Steve Mizerak

Steve Mizerak (born October 12, 1944, in Perth Amboy [Goldstein, Richard. [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/02/sports/02mizerak.html "Steve Mizerak, National Pool Champion, Is Dead at 61"] , "The New York Times", June 2, 2006. Accessed January 1, 2008.] , New Jersey, USA; died May 29, 2006) was a world champion pool player dominant during the 1970s and early 1980s in the game of 14.1 continuous.

Mizerak began playing pool under the guidance of his father, who for many years had been the New Jersey State Champion. At the age of 13, he won the Perth Amboy City Championship and turned professional. The next year, he was refused entry into that event; they said he was too good.Fact|date=June 2007 The 1960s saw a downturn for the so-called "world pool tournaments", and as they diminished, the era of the Johnston City Hustlers tournaments were growing. By this point in his life, Mizerak decided it would not be possible to earn a living playing and went on to attend college. ["Steve Mizerak", page 7, "The National Billiard News", November 1980. Retrieved May 20, 2007]

He earned a teaching degree and taught school for thirteen years before he became famous outside of pool after appearing in a humorous commercial for Miller Lite beer in which he proclaimed that you can "really work up a thirst even when you're just showing off," and later as an actor in the 1986 film "The Color of Money".

He played in a snooker/pool challenge match in 1987 and 1988 in which he beat Steve Davis and Jimmy White, with Davis being a World Snooker Champion.Clarifyme|date=March 2008

He owned and operated pool halls in the West Palm Beach-Lake Park, Florida area during the 1990s and 2000s. He founded the Senior Tour in 1996 for players 50 years of age and older and often hosted Senior Tour events at his pool hall in Lake Park.

Mizerak suffered a stroke in 2001 which left him with physical challenges that prevented him from playing pool competitively. He was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame in 1980.

He is survived by his wife Karen, two sons, and two grandchildren.Clarifyme|date=March 2008

Career titles

* 1970 Star Dust Open, Las Vegas, Nevada
* 1970 US Open 14.1 Pocket Billiards Championship (d. Luther Lassiter)
* 1971 US Open 14.1 Pocket Billiards Championship (d. Joe Balsis)
* 1972 US Open 14.1 Pocket Billiards Championship (d. Danny DeLiberto)
* 1973 US Open 14.1 Pocket Billiards Championship (d. Luther Lassiter)
* 1974 US Master's, Arlington, Virginia
* 1976 US Master's, Arlington, Virginia
* 1976 World Open, Asbury Park, New Jersey
* 1977 World Series of Pool Asbury Park, New Jersey
* 1978 World Open, New York City, New York
* 1978 US Open Nine-ball Championship
* 1978 Trick and Tough Shot Championship, Las Vegas, Nevada
* 1980 Breaker Pool 14.1 Challenge Cup, England
* 1982 PPPA World Pocket Billiard Championship (14.1)
* 1983 PPPA World Pocket Billiard Championship (14.1)
* 1988 PBA U.S. Open 14.1
* 1997 Grand Casino Biloxi Classic

References

External links

* [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2006-05-30-mizerak-obit_x.htm?POE=SPOISVA "USA Today", "Legendary pool player Steve 'The Miz' Mizerak dies" 30 May 2006 retrieved 31 May 2006]
* [http://www.billiardsdigest.com/current_issue/jul_06/index.php Pool's Biggest Showoff]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGNqiYmuv50 Video Tribute to Steve Mizerak]


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