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One Pocket
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Canterbury, New Hampshire 03224
United States

Company Description: OnePocket.COM is an "Internet" based information service dedicated to keeping the sport of pool alive & well in the mid south.
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HOF2009Dinner
www.onepocket.org, 27 Jan 2009 [cached]
The late legendary player Marvin Henderson and living legends of action Jack Cooney and Jimmy 'Flyboy' Spears were the featured honorees at the fifth annual One Pocket Hall of Fame dinner at the recently concluded 2009 Derby City Classic.
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Next up was the elusive One Pocket hustler, Jack Cooney, who contrary to standard hustler protocol, showed up at the banquet with a large and enthusiastic rooting section, including rising One Pocket star Scott Frost, who took a turn at the podium himself.
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Jack modestly deflected a lot of the credit for his successful road career toward his partner Barbara.
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One Pocket inductee Jack Cooney
Question regarding Jack ...
www.onepocket.org, 22 Aug 2008 [cached]
Question regarding Jack Cooney
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Question regarding Jack Cooney
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I read a great deal about various one pocket players in different magazines and forums, but rarely do I ever see anything regarding Jack Cooney.I constantly hear stories at different tournaments I attend about some of his exploits (such as the marathon match at the DCC a few years ago), but you never really know what is fact and what is merely folklore in the making.
I thougt this might be the perfect place to get to the bottom of things!
Does anyone out there know where Mr. Cooney would rate among some of the all time greats?Are even HALF of the road stories you hear about him true?I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm certain he has to be a fantastic player.Why else would there be so many stories circulating about him?I just wanted to know exactly where he fits into things I guess.
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Jack Cooney
I have actually seen Jack Cooney play a lot of one pocket.He used to hang around Hard Times in Bellflower.
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They played for 5 days and Cooney ended up gettin the money.Last I heard, he retired from pool because of back problems.He also used to play 9-ball and a lot of golf at Hard Times on the snooker table by the front door "Big Bertha".So yes, he is real and he did play very well.
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I have a finished movie script that I wrote that is a fictionalized account of the road adventures of Barbara and Jack Cooney.It's called "Roxanne's Game."The main characters are called Roxanne and Mick, but they are in reality, Jack and Barbara.Barbara doesn't want me to use real names.She doesn't want the publicity.
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I have a finished movie script that I wrote that is a fictionalized account of the road adventures of Barbara and Jack Cooney.It's called "Roxanne's Game."The main characters are called Roxanne and Mick, but they are in reality, Jack and Barbara.Barbara doesn't want me to use real names.She doesn't want the publicity.
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I was in Miami with a buddy of mine in the spring of 1966 or 67 and ran into Jack at the Congress (?) Bowling & Billiards in North Miami.I didn't know him at the time but he was playing 9 ball with several different guys (one at a time) from Jacksonville who looked to be pretty decent players.Jack was well dressed but he had a towel hanging out of his back pocket and he always carried his cue (he was using a house cue at the time) on his shoulder like a soldier with a rifle.He was playing with a flat hand bridge and I was wondering how long it would take the others to knock hiim out.He rarely ran over two or three balls at a time and didn't seem to have a particularly good stroke.
At any rate, my buddy, Tom, goes to the bathroom at about the same time Jack did and when he comes back he tells me he put up all our money and we had half of Jack's action (he was low on cash at the time) in a set against one of the three guys.I was stunned.I asked him why he would bet all our money on a guy who could barely make a ball.Tom, who did have good instincts, told me that he was sure he had seen Jack somewhere before and that he just knew that he was a better player than he was showing.I said I hope you are right or else we will be walking back to North Carolina.Now, with a critical interest in the outcome, I watched the game much more intently.I began to notice that while Jack never ran over two or three balls that he almost never missed on either the eight or the nine and he usually didn't leave much of a shot when there were only a few balls on the table.
At any rate, after several sessions lasting all night, Jack finally ended up a couple of thousand ahead.The three guys were broke and just couldn't believe that they had been beaten by this guy.They all had nice cues and played pretty well.And this other guy was playing flat handed with a house cue and carrying it around like a rifle.After they had left, Jack and Tom and I went to get something to eat and split up our winnings.Boy, was I ever relieved.I think we ended up with over two grand which was decent back in those days.Jack introduced himself and told us he was from San Francisco.He was driving a beige colored Pontiac LeMans at the time.
The next night we went back to Congress Billiards and saw Jack practicing with his own cue.After watching for only a few minutes I realized that this guy was a real player.And the night before I was worried about him being able to beat several average players.At about that time the guys that he had beaten the night before walked in.
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Anyway, that was almost 40 years ago aned I'm sure Jack doesn't remember but it was certainly nice meeting him under those particular circumstances.He was very nice about everything and even offered us a little more than half his winnings saying that he really appreciated us backing him.We of course declined and cheerfully paid his breakfast tab.
I hope things are currently going well for him.He was a really nice friendly guy and a hell of a player to boot.
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At that same time, Jack just missed trapping me.He was the only guy to fool me with his lemon stroke.I got saved when a shit-heel sweator knocked Jack to me when Jack left the room for a moment.He really had me fooled.
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Back in 1984 Bananas Rodriguez sneaked in Jack to play a local shortstop who had beat Jimmy Flyboy Spears and Rodney Stevens here in San Antonio getting 10-6 and 9-7.
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Jack gave him 10 -6 all the way and also his fouls did not count.The strong shortstop was called the Bear and if you showed any weakness he would bite you.Jack did not have no weakness and took down a big score.Bananas did not like road players coming in and knocking off the locals unless HE WAS IN.Jack beat him playing 5k a game and his wife sit on the rail and never looked up from a book she was reading.I talked to him ever day as he came in real early to practice.He always used his on set of pool at that time.What a nice and easy going person he seemed to always be.
One Pocket Pool hall of fame - great one pocket pool players
www.onepocket.org, 24 Mar 2006 [cached]
* Jack Cooney *
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The late legendary player Marvin Henderson and living legends of action Jack Cooney and Jimmy 'Flyboy' Spears were the featured honorees at the fifth annual One Pocket Hall of Fame dinner at the recently concluded 2009 Derby City Classic.
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Jack 'Jersey Red' Breit was inducted into the One Pocket Hall of Fame at a special event at the the Cue & Cushion in Houston, Texas monday night.
Jack ...
onepocket.org, 14 Oct 2008 [cached]
Jack Cooney
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Jack Cooney
I watched a good tape of Cliff Joyner and Jack Cooney from the 1998 World 1P event.
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Jack played very well. He seemed to play a steady, balanced, methodical type of game: no flashy shots, no big risks. On the other hand, he didn't seem to put Cliff into too many tough traps, although his safety play was solid.
My question is, is Cooney still playing? I know several of you --especially Fred-- were good friends with him. Where would you put Cooney in the lexicon of top 1P players?
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Mr. Cooney is OK in my book !
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Originally Posted by gulfportdoc I watched a good tape of Cliff Joyner and Jack Cooney from the 1998 World 1P event.
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Jack played very well. He seemed to play a steady, balanced, methodical type of game: no flashy shots, no big risks. On the other hand, he didn't seem to put Cliff into too many tough traps, although his safety play was solid.
My question is, is Cooney still playing? I know several of you --especially Fred-- were good friends with him. Where would you put Cooney in the lexicon of top 1P players? I seem to recall that Old School put him a notch below the first level.
Doc,
I've known Jack Cooney since he was a pup. There is no one in this crazy racket of ours, that I hold in higher regard than him. He has always been a great manager and great at getting the cash. Plus, if you are in with him, he knows how to count, and you may rarely lose your cash, but you WILL get his best effort. There may have been some who could give him a ball and still win, but they are few and far between. And they had better come to play. We have played several times, nosebleed high, and I think Jack would say there isn't enough $$$ difference to buy a used '78 Pinto. He is the epitome of the gentleman gambler. He's also very good at patient, lemon stealing. He and Barb were quite a team
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Unless something has changed (and it could) Jack doesn't play pool. About 4 years ago he used to play a little golf at Hardtimes in LA. I offered to play him some heads up $25 one-pocket and he said he was no longer playing.
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I watched a good tape of Cliff Joyner and Jack Cooney from the 1998 World 1P event.
...
Jack played very well. He seemed to play a steady, balanced, methodical type of game: no flashy shots, no big risks. On the other hand, he didn't seem to put Cliff into too many tough traps, although his safety play was solid.
My question is, is Cooney still playing? I know several of you --especially Fred-- were good friends with him. Where would you put Cooney in the lexicon of top 1P players?
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That's interesting information on Jack. He did appear to be pretty "focused", as they say. Too bad he left pool. He should be in here suffering with the rest of us over-the-hill duffs!! I wonder what he does for a living these days?
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Unless something has changed (and it could) Jack doesn't play pool. About 4 years ago he used to play a little golf at Hardtimes in LA. I offered to play him some heads up $25 one-pocket and he said he was no longer playing.
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I watched a good tape of Cliff Joyner and Jack Cooney from the 1998 World 1P event.
...
Jack played very well. He seemed to play a steady, balanced, methodical type of game: no flashy shots, no big risks. On the other hand, he didn't seem to put Cliff into too many tough traps, although his safety play was solid.
My question is, is Cooney still playing? I know several of you --especially Fred-- were good friends with him. Where would you put Cooney in the lexicon of top 1P players? I seem to recall that Old School put him a notch below the first level.
Doc I talk to Jack and Barbara periodically, and she swears, and I almost believe, that Jack quit playing.
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I heard Jack was one of the best pool player hustlers around at one time,dont know who out of you guys ran into him and got robbed but its ok to fess up now.
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I heard Jack was one of the best pool player hustlers around at one time,dont know who out of you guys ran into him and got robbed but its ok to fess up now. Didn't get robbed, but by the time he was through in St. Louis, I might have believed I only need 10-7 :-)
I was just learning the game when he came through and setup camp for a few weeks in the late 90's. Every day he and Barbara would come into a certain pool hall I use to frequent and he'd always get into action with someone.
Next to Steve Cook, Cooney was probably the most quiet, unassuming, non-pool playing looking hustler, road agent type of guy you ever laid eyes on.
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I heard Jack was one of the best pool player hustlers around at one time,dont know who out of you guys ran into him and got robbed but its ok to fess up now. When I use to hustle on the road I use to run into Jack because we use to hustle the same spots and people. And I dont no if you no but Jack use to hustle the bars to. And I would run into him in the pool rooms and bars and we never said a word to eack other. All we ever did was make I contact. And we both new each other. But Jack was one of the best pool hustlers I seen if life. And Barbra was a very sincere honest woman. She is 100% on Jacks side. I wish them both all the best.
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Jack Cooney
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I watched a good tape of Cliff Joyner and Jack Cooney from the 1998 World 1P event.
...
Jack played very well. He seemed to play a steady, balanced, methodical type of game: no flashy shots, no big risks. On the other hand, he didn't seem to put Cliff into too many tough traps, although his safety play was solid.
My question is, is Cooney still playing? I know several of you --especially Fred-- were good friends with him. Where would you put Cooney in the lexicon of top 1P players?
Question regarding Jack ...
www.onepocket.org, 11 Nov 2009 [cached]
Question regarding Jack Cooney
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Question regarding Jack Cooney
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I read a great deal about various one pocket players in different magazines and forums, but rarely do I ever see anything regarding Jack Cooney. I constantly hear stories at different tournaments I attend about some of his exploits (such as the marathon match at the DCC a few years ago), but you never really know what is fact and what is merely folklore in the making.
I thougt this might be the perfect place to get to the bottom of things!
Does anyone out there know where Mr. Cooney would rate among some of the all time greats? Are even HALF of the road stories you hear about him true? I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm certain he has to be a fantastic player. Why else would there be so many stories circulating about him? I just wanted to know exactly where he fits into things I guess.
...
Jack Cooney
I have actually seen Jack Cooney play a lot of one pocket. He used to hang around Hard Times in Bellflower.
...
They played for 5 days and Cooney ended up gettin the money. Last I heard, he retired from pool because of back problems. He also used to play 9-ball and a lot of golf at Hard Times on the snooker table by the front door "Big Bertha". So yes, he is real and he did play very well.
...
I have a finished movie script that I wrote that is a fictionalized account of the road adventures of Barbara and Jack Cooney. It's called "Roxanne's Game. The main characters are called Roxanne and Mick, but they are in reality, Jack and Barbara.
...
I have a finished movie script that I wrote that is a fictionalized account of the road adventures of Barbara and Jack Cooney. It's called "Roxanne's Game. The main characters are called Roxanne and Mick, but they are in reality, Jack and Barbara.
...
I was in Miami with a buddy of mine in the spring of 1966 or 67 and ran into Jack at the Congress (?) Bowling & Billiards in North Miami. I didn't know him at the time but he was playing 9 ball with several different guys (one at a time) from Jacksonville who looked to be pretty decent players. Jack was well dressed but he had a towel hanging out of his back pocket and he always carried his cue (he was using a house cue at the time) on his shoulder like a soldier with a rifle. He was playing with a flat hand bridge and I was wondering how long it would take the others to knock hiim out. He rarely ran over two or three balls at a time and didn't seem to have a particularly good stroke.
At any rate, my buddy, Tom, goes to the bathroom at about the same time Jack did and when he comes back he tells me he put up all our money and we had half of Jack's action (he was low on cash at the time) in a set against one of the three guys. I was stunned. I asked him why he would bet all our money on a guy who could barely make a ball. Tom, who did have good instincts, told me that he was sure he had seen Jack somewhere before and that he just knew that he was a better player than he was showing. I said I hope you are right or else we will be walking back to North Carolina. Now, with a critical interest in the outcome, I watched the game much more intently. I began to notice that while Jack never ran over two or three balls that he almost never missed on either the eight or the nine and he usually didn't leave much of a shot when there were only a few balls on the table.
At any rate, after several sessions lasting all night, Jack finally ended up a couple of thousand ahead. The three guys were broke and just couldn't believe that they had been beaten by this guy. They all had nice cues and played pretty well. And this other guy was playing flat handed with a house cue and carrying it around like a rifle. After they had left, Jack and Tom and I went to get something to eat and split up our winnings. Boy, was I ever relieved. I think we ended up with over two grand which was decent back in those days. Jack introduced himself and told us he was from San Francisco. He was driving a beige colored Pontiac LeMans at the time.
The next night we went back to Congress Billiards and saw Jack practicing with his own cue. After watching for only a few minutes I realized that this guy was a real player. And the night before I was worried about him being able to beat several average players. At about that time the guys that he had beaten the night before walked in.
...
Anyway, that was almost 40 years ago aned I'm sure Jack doesn't remember but it was certainly nice meeting him under those particular circumstances. He was very nice about everything and even offered us a little more than half his winnings saying that he really appreciated us backing him. We of course declined and cheerfully paid his breakfast tab.
I hope things are currently going well for him. He was a really nice friendly guy and a hell of a player to boot.
...
At that same time, Jack just missed trapping me. He was the only guy to fool me with his lemon stroke. I got saved when a shit-heel sweator knocked Jack to me when Jack left the room for a moment. He really had me fooled.
...
Back in 1984 Bananas Rodriguez sneaked in Jack to play a local shortstop who had beat Jimmy Flyboy Spears and Rodney Stevens here in San Antonio getting 10-6 and 9-7.
...
Jack gave him 10 -6 all the way and also his fouls did not count. The strong shortstop was called the Bear and if you showed any weakness he would bite you. Jack did not have no weakness and took down a big score. Bananas did not like road players coming in and knocking off the locals unless HE WAS IN. Jack beat him playing 5k a game and his wife sit on the rail and never looked up from a book she was reading. I talked to him ever day as he came in real early to practice. He always used his on set of pool at that time. What a nice and easy going person he seemed to always be.
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