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Ralph Greenleaf
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Birth: Nov. 3, 1899
Monmouth
Warren County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 1950
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Ralph Greenleaf is considered to be one of the greatest pocket billiard players 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.
 
 
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  Amelia Ruth Parker Greenleaf (1893 - 1978)*
 
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Burial:
Monmouth Cemetery
Monmouth
Warren County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Glendale Addition, Block 3, Lot 76
 
Created by: Robert Eminian
Record added: Jan 23, 2007
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Ralph Greenleaf
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Ralph Greenleaf
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Ralph Greenleaf
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Would have loved to see you play Ralph. You'll never be forgotten.
- Robert Eminian
 Added: Jan. 23, 2007
 
 
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