||Overweight, bullied, and clinically depressed, New Jersey teen Danny Basavich found solace in the local pool hall, and soon became the best player in New Jersey, and a famed hustler. After beating a notorious Manhattan pool shark named Kid Vicious for $4200, one of the unbelieving railbirds said, "Kid Vicious just got beat by Kid Delicious" and the legend of Kid Delicious was born. Teaming up with "Bristol Bob" Begey, the 300-pound Delicious took to the road, criss-crossing America hustling unsuspecting jocks, cowboys, and crime lords, and making nearly a half-million in the process. In RUNNING THE TABLE sportswriter L. Jon Wertheim brings this wonderful true story to life--the games and the hustles are spellbinding, but it's the richness of the characters that make this book such a winner.
||A Sports Illustrated writer offers a colorful portrait of Danny Basavich, a New Jersey-born pool hustler known as Kid Delicious, and his set-up man, Bristol Bob, as they embark on a four-year odyssey through the pool halls and urban billiard rooms of America, and from seamy hustler to professional pool phenom. Reprint.
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||“A tremendously satisfying road story. What makes Running the Table so special is not the pool prowess of its protagonist but the unlikely bond between two wildly different young men who find each other through an exhilarating, often infuriating game.”—Los Angeles TimesRunning the Table spins the outrageous tale of Kid Delicious, an affable skilled pool shark from New Jersey, and his studly if less talented setup man, Bristol Bob. Wertheim follows this mismatched pair of sidekicks as they go underground to learn the art of the hustle while experiencing the highs and lows of life on the road. Their four-year odyssey takes them from podunk pool halls to slick urban billiard rooms across America, some nights taking down as much as $30,000 and others ending up with just enough gas money to get home. With every stop the action gets hotter, the calls get closer, and Delicious’s prowess with a cue stick becomes more widely known. Ultimately the Kid sheds his cover, becoming perhaps the biggest sensation in professional pool since Minnesota Fats. Wertheim paints a lasting portrait of an insanely talented and magnetic hustler who is literally larger than life.“Renders the trappings of a road player’s life . . . readers are taken on a sweet and varied ride.”—Sports Illustrated