|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1899|
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 1950|
Ralph Greenleaf is considered by many, to be the greatest pocket billiard player that ever lived. As a boy he defeated then World Champion Bennie Allen. He held the title from 1919 through 1924, and also won it in 1926, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, and 1937. He set records in 1929 for high single game average, 63, and high grand average, 11.02, on a 5 by 10 table. In 1929 in Detroit, he made a run of 126 which is still a record on a 5 by 10 table. In an exhibition he achieved a record run of 269.
He toured vaudeville with his wife Amelia Ruth Parker, an actress known as "Princess Nai Tai Tai" or the "Oriental Nightingale", performing trick shots. He more than anyone rescued the game of pocket billiards from near oblivion. He was the consummate showman and performed until his death of a heart attack in 1950.
Amelia Ruth Parker Greenleaf (1893 - 1978)*
Plot: Glendale Addition, Block 3, Lot 76
Created by: Robert Eminian
Record added: Jan 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17648983
Would have loved to see you play Ralph. You'll never be forgotten.|
Added: Jan. 23, 2007