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Ah, the “Jean Comparison.” No reflective look at Fisher’s amazing career is complete without a comparison to pool’s other monarch, Queen Jean. Balukas, who packed up her cue for good with an unfinished run of 16 consecutive tournament titles, has long been thought of as pool’s greatest woman player. And with good reason. Balukas was virtually unbeatable for more than a decade … when she opted to play. Having won her first BCA U.S. Open title at the tender age of 12, Balukas already held seven U.S. Open titles, six World Open crowns and countless other 14.1 and 9-ball titles by the time she was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame … at the age of 26! But Balukas would routinely pack away her cue for long periods, sometimes more than a year. The reasons ranged from squabbles with promoters, to a desire to spend more time at the beach, to the $200 fine issued by the WPBA that eventually led to Balukas’ permanent retirement from the sport in 1988.
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