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Jansco New World Champion, Eddie Taylor Two World Champions; Art Cranfield, Eddie Taylor

Art Cranfield

NEW YORK (UPI) – Art Cranfield of Syracuse, N.J, celebrated his 47th birthday last night by winning the world pocket billiard championship from Luther Lassiter of Elizabeth City, N.C.

Cranfield built up a strong’ lead by winning five straight blocks of 200 points each and he coasted to a 1200-730 victory over the defending champion.

Cranfield had a high run of 112 during the Thursday after noon block and took a lead of 1901 to 510 into the final block.

Lassiter will get a chance to regain his title in the World Championship tournament here next March.

This article originally appeared in the November 1964 issue of the National Billiard News and is reprinted with permission.