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Untold Stories: The Boy Wonder
Greenleaf never strayed far from controversy, even in the days before his first national title. (Images courtesy The Billiard Archive)
Story by R.A. Dyer
In November 1919 — just a few weeks before he began a tournament that would make him the youngest national straight-pool champion in American history — the high-living Illinois native then known as the Boy Wonder of Pool would get implicated in a grisly, high-profile murder.
Since 1978, Billiards Digest magazine has been the pool world’s best source for news, tournament coverage, player profiles, bold editorials, and advice on how to play pool. Our instructors include superstars Nick Varner and Jeanette Lee. Every issue features the pool accessories and equipment you love — pool cues, pool tables, instruction aids and more. Columnists Mike Shamos and R.A. Dyer examine legends like Willie Mosconi and Minnesota Fats, and dig deep into the histories of pool games like 8-ball, 9-ball and straight pool.
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