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The Mosconi-Greenleaf Question
Meet Mr. Greenleaf
Ralph Greenleaf was born on Nov. 3, 1899 in Monmouth, Ill. He started playing pool before the age of 10 in a pool academy his father established just above a cafe that the family owned in Monmouth. And while the details are sketchy, it's nonetheless quite clear that young Ralph must have shown great promise at a very early age. How else to explain the decision by Greenleaf's father to contract with Johnny Layton and Edward I. Ralph - two bona fide world champions - to tutor the boy? According to an account gathered by Ursitti, Greenleaf would rush home from school each day to practice pool, presumably at his father's insistence.
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