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Honoring Wimpy Lassiter

By Julian Eure, Daily Advance, 11/05/19, 12:45PM EST

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If Luther Clement Lassiter Jr. had been alive to see the plaque celebrating his accomplishments unveiled outside one...

If Luther Clement Lassiter Jr. had been alive to see the plaque celebrating his accomplishments unveiled outside one of his favorite pool haunts on Monday, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t have paid it much attention.

A quiet man who didn’t toot his own horn a lot, Lassiter — better known to Elizabeth City and the world as “Wimpy” Lassiter — wasn’t really into trophies or accolades — even though he picked up a lot of both over the course of his decades-long career as a professional billiards player.

Besides winning six world championships in pool and being considered the greatest 9-ball pool player who ever lived, Lassiter was inducted into the Billiards Congress America’s Hall of Fame — pool’s equivalent for Cooperstown — in 1983 and the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame the same year.

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