James Richard Poole
Though he took up the sport at a far later age than do most elite players, Poole went on to have a remarkably long career in high level badminton, rating among the world's leading singles players in the early 1960s. He probably played the best doubles of his career in the late 1960s and early 1970s during an eleven season partnership with Don Paup. The 21-year span from his first to his last U.S. title is the longest of any player. Noted for his shot-making accuracy and consistency, and for his tactical astuteness, Poole was the first of only four non-Asians to win the Malayan (Malaysian) Open singles title (1961). He was a member of seven consecutive US Thomas Cup (men's international) teams from 1958 through 1976 and won over 70 percent of his matches in these contests. In 1970 he was elected into the U.S. Badminton Hall of Fame, now called the Walk of Fame. An all-around athlete who played basketball and baseball for San Diego State University, Poole was a member of the winning US Pan-American Games Basketball Team in 1955. From 1975 to 1995 he officiated National Football League Games, working in two Super Bowls as a back judge.
|Tournament||Event and year|
|US Open||Men's Singles (1958, 1961), Men's Doubles (1968, 1973), Mixed Doubles (1971)|
|U.S. National Badminton Championships||Men's Doubles (1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979), Mixed Doubles (1970)|
|Canadian Open||Men's Doubles (1962, 1965)|
|Malayan Open||Men's Singles (1961)|