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#1: Gene Nagy

Posted on 2006-07-14 04:33:56 by wayne crimi

I was just told that Geny Nagy passed away last night.

He was one of the most talented men I have ever known and I will miss
him.

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#2: Re: Gene Nagy

Posted on 2006-07-14 18:19:10 by Bob Johnson

Isn't it Gene that was so personally involved in Jeanette Lee's progress on
the WPBA? It seems he's often mentioned by NYC pros as a coaching mentor.
I'm sure he will be both mourned and missed by many in the NY pool scene.

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&gt;I was just told that Geny Nagy passed away last night.
&gt;
&gt; He was one of the most talented men I have ever known and I will miss
&gt; him.
&gt;

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#3: Re: Gene Nagy

Posted on 2006-07-14 18:38:21 by wayne crimi

Bob,

Gene and Jeanette Lee used to marathon practice with each other early
in her career. I'm sure he helped move Jeanette's game forward at a
much quicker rate.

I knew Gene for a little more than 25 years.

He was an extraordinary individual. Very talented, very colorful, but
very eccentric. He was one of the best 14.1 players that ever lived,
but hated competition. He had a high run of 430 at his peak and ran
300+ in the late 90s. He was
very generous with his time. He would often teach youngsters for free.

What most people don't know is that he was also an extremely talented
trumpet player. He attended Juilliard and was a leading student, but
left when he became more passionate about pool.

I heard a few weeks ago that he was sick, but didn't get any details.
I had no idea how sick he was. Yesterday I called a friend to find out
what
was going on because I wanted to visit him and found out he died the
night before. He will be missed by many. I will always regret that I
didn't get a chance to support him and say goodbye at the end. I do
have some great memories though. We laughed like crazy together many
times at some of the stories he told about the colorful pool players
we both knew in the late 70s and early 80s.


Bob Johnson wrote:
&gt; Isn't it Gene that was so personally involved in Jeanette Lee's progress on
&gt; the WPBA? It seems he's often mentioned by NYC pros as a coaching mentor.
&gt; I'm sure he will be both mourned and missed by many in the NY pool scene.
&gt;
&gt; --
&gt; Bob Johnson, Denver/Thornton, Co.
&gt; <a href="mailto:bobj&#64;cris.com" target="_blank">bobj&#64;cris.com</a>
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&gt; &gt;I was just told that Geny Nagy passed away last night.
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; He was one of the most talented men I have ever known and I will miss
&gt; &gt; him.
&gt; &gt;

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#4: Re: Gene Nagy

Posted on 2006-07-14 19:24:17 by logdog

I think this says it best.........From Grissams book called
&quot;Billiards.......hustelers and heros Legends and Lies and the search for
higgher truth on the green felt&quot;.....page 154........

&quot;Months later, Willie Mosconi, after watching Nagy for the first time
reportedly said, &quot;That's the best I've ever seen the balls taken off the
table&quot;



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&gt;I was just told that Geny Nagy passed away last night.
&gt;
&gt; He was one of the most talented men I have ever known and I will miss
&gt; him.
&gt;

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#5: Re: Gene Nagy

Posted on 2006-07-14 21:35:01 by wayne crimi

&quot;Months later, Willie Mosconi, after watching Nagy for the first time
reportedly said, &quot;That's the best I've ever seen the balls taken off
the
table&quot;

I missed his peak years in his mid 20s when he was gambling a bit and
played in a couple of world tournaments, but I saw him when he came
back in his early 30s and that was his greatest strength. He would
smash the break shots because he felt he would rather get stopped by a
very occasional scratch than by getting tied up in the balls or by not
having a 2nd/3rd break shot to open up the balls several times. Once
they were open, he was an artist. I can't really think of anyone better
and I saw Siegal, Rempe, Varner, Miserak, West, Martin, Hopkins, Margo,
Murphy and a few others at their peaks. I guess Martin was close.




Robert Loggins wrote:
&gt; I think this says it best.........From Grissams book called
&gt; &quot;Billiards.......hustelers and heros Legends and Lies and the search for
&gt; higgher truth on the green felt&quot;.....page 154........
&gt;
&gt; &quot;Months later, Willie Mosconi, after watching Nagy for the first time
&gt; reportedly said, &quot;That's the best I've ever seen the balls taken off the
&gt; table&quot;
&gt;
&gt;
&gt;
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&gt; &gt;I was just told that Geny Nagy passed away last night.
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; He was one of the most talented men I have ever known and I will miss
&gt; &gt; him.
&gt; &gt;

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#6: Re: Gene Nagy

Posted on 2006-07-15 16:04:48 by Bill O

Wayne, last night a few guys who knew or saw Gene play mentioned
a tournament where he ran 147 (somewhere in that vacinity) and
when he missed he unscrewed his cue and left. At least that's the
story I heard.

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Bill O - At the 5 Ball

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