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Slosson koji yamada1913For a period of more than 35 years i have known George Slosson and have recognise his claim to be considered one of the world’s great exponents of the gentleman’s game.He was lacking in the dash and brilliancy that caught the public fancy but a careful look over the records wil show that he beat Schaefer about as often as Schaefer beat hin both in matches and tournament play.
 
Slosson was  not a born billiard player(left photo:Slosson and Koji Yamada 1913) as was his great rival,but he was an educated one,as his nickname shows”The student”.His skill with the cue was the result of hard study and constant practice.He was as differently constituded from Schaefer as chalk is from cheese.He was easily upset and lucked the genius to get out of a tight place,that Schaefer found acted as a spur to his exersions,and he would often pick out the hardest shot on the table,when an easier shot would just well serve his purpose.He was accurate as a single cushion player and these shots often got him out of difficulties that would have broken the heart of almost any other player.He lacked confidence in himself and preferred to practice in private than to have a crowd of admirers around the table.He was particurarly susceptible to slight annoyances,such as weather changes,balls that were not absolutely perfect and a cue that was not just to liking and yet he could take defeat as stoicly as an old martyr.
 
The night that Vignaux defeated him in the fourteen-inch balkline tournament at Central Music Hall,Chicago and set a new mark of 75 as an average,he stood by holding his cue and watching the big Frenchman perform.As it became evident that Vignaux was that night in perfect form and as he reeled off shot after shot with an easy grace,he came over to where i was sitting at the reporter’s table and with a laugh remarked:”Can you hit him with a club Dick?That is the only way that you can stop him!!I have seen him before and know what he is capable of doing when he gets one of his spells.”Slosson was apparently a bit dazed by the Frenchman’s brilliant execution and coming over to the table again he remarked:”He is playing some billiards tonight isn’t he?”And surely was and Slosson was the first man to congratulate the victor.
 
Another good thing about Slosson was that he never gave up until the last button went up to the string.In the match that he played with Schaefer(Sr)at Central Music Hall,Schaefer was  so far in the lead and the game was halfover.When Slosson coming over the table again was playing like a whirlwind and the result was a setbuck for the talent,nearly all of whom had wagered on Schaefer and it took them some little time to recover from their disappointment.
 
slossonparlorSlosson is not the player today that he was during the early 80’s.His hand has lost its cunning and his eye is not as accurate as when I first knew him.Age has wrincled his face and robbed him of his hair,but even at that he is still to be reckoned with and is never to be left out of all calculations.The last time that i saw him was at Buffalo,where he was playing an exhibition with the Jap and he looked old and haggard,but he showed that he still had some of his old skill left.He may prove to be a surprise yet when least expected and both as an expert and a roomkeeper he has my best wishes.
 
 
Robert Cary,Billiards Magazine 1916