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Untold Stories: Mosconi Made World Debut by Weird Fluke
So that's how it got started: Eddie got sick, the entry fee was already paid. Mosconi won that first real tournament with surprising ease - especially given the format and the competition. Willie recalled that Andrew St. Jean was there, the so-called "Lowell Kid" from Massachusetts, who had been considered the easy favorite to win. St. Jean came in second in the nationals a few years back (he was runner-up only to the great Ralph Greenleaf), and was a well-known exhibition player and gambler. But Willie beat everyone in the tournament - including St. Jean - without a single loss. For the performance Mosconi earned himself $75 and a free pass to the next level: the sectional event at the Strand Academy in New York.
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