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Strickland to Be Enshrined in Hall of Fame
Feb 7, 2006, 11:10 AM

Strickland's record was too impressive to deny.
At long last, controversial pool superstar Earl Strickland has earned entry into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame, BCA officials announced Tuesday, topping fellow nominees Allen Hopkins and Maurice Daly in the Greatest Player division.

Strickland, 44, appeared on his fifth HOF ballot this year, having been previously nominated in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.

Strickland has been a dominant player since the 1980s, and in recent years has been known just as much for his mercurial personality as for his skill with a cue. His sometimes-volcanic temper was most recently on view in Decemberat the 2005 Mosconi Cup, where he got into a shouting match with jeering fans in the stands.

Born in 1961, Strickland holds over 100 tournament titles and has been named BDís "Player of the Year" five times (1984-1985, 1987-1988 and 2000). His rack-running resume includes nine wins at the Akron Open, five at the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, and a staggering six titles at the World 9-Ball Championships.

BD will have reaction from Strickland here on Headstring News later today.

Strickland's induction ceremony will take place on April 6 at the BCA International Billiard & Home Recreation Expo in Houston, Texas.