Mike Massey

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For the baseball player, see Mike Massey (baseball).
Mike Massey setting up a Trick shot

Michael "Mike" Massey (born April 9, 1947) is an American professional pocket-billiards (pool) player, best known as a trick-shot artist since the late 1970s, who has given substantial visibility to the sport by traveling the globe to perform exhibitions and compete in a variety of disciplines. He has won professional national and international tournaments in trick-shot competition, nine-ball, eight-ball, straight-pool (14.1 continuous), and one-pocket, and he has become even more influential in the sport as an accomplished instructor, consultant, and fund-raiser.[1] From 1989 to 1991 he served as a contributing editor of The Snap Magazine. Massey was born in Loudon, Tennessee,[2] and for several years lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee,[3] where he owned a pool hall. He has the nickname of "Tennessee Tarzan", but he now lives in Midway, Utah.[4]

Massey was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Billiard Congress of America on April 7, 2005.[5] For 2007 he was ranked as #8 in Pool & Billiard Magazine's poll of the "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players".[6]

Titles and achievements[edit]

  • 2007 Pool & Billiard Magazine Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players, #8
  • 2005 induction into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Trick Shot Magic Champion
  • 2003 Trick Shot Magic Champion
  • 2003 World Artistic Pool Champion
  • 2002 World Artistic Pool Champion
  • 2002 BCA North American Artistic Pool Champion
  • 2001 Trick Shot Magic Champion
  • 2000 World Artistic Pool Champion
  • 2000 BCA North American Artistic Pool Champion
  • 2000 World Artistic Pool Champion
  • 2000 Trick Shot Magic Champion
  • 1996 Snooker World Trick Shot Champion
  • 1992 Snooker World Trick Shot Champion
  • 1997 Senior Nine-ball Masters Champion
  • 1996 winning team member in the Mosconi Cup, Team USA
  • 1996 Dutch National Eight-ball Champion
  • 1996 Hall of Fame Eight-ball Champion
  • High runs of 9 racks of nine-ball in tournament play, and 13 racks in challenge match play
  • High run of 224 balls in straight pool
  • 11,230 balls pocketed in marathon shooting (24 hours)
  • 8,090 balls pocketed in marathon shooting with one arm
  • World record for most racks of nine-ball run in 24-hour period: 330 racks on live television in Austria, complete runs 1 through 9 (9 balls pocketed on the break or in combination shot did not count)[citation needed]


  1. ^ http://www.insidepool.com/article411.html[clarification needed]
  2. ^ Ben Bulkeley (August 17, 2010). "Professional pool player Mike Massey puts on trick-shot exhibition in Craig". Craig Daily Press. 
  3. ^ Mike Geffner. "The Agony & The Ecstasy of Mike Massey 'Billiard's Digest'". Luby Publishing, Inc. 
  4. ^ "2007 World Championship (The Lider Club – St. Petersburg – Russia) December 5–8, 2007". TrickShotProductions.com. Watertown, MA: Artistic Pool & Trick Shot Association. 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-27.  |chapter= ignored (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.bca-pool.com/marketing/releases/2005/022005pr.shtml[clarification needed]
  6. ^ "The Survey Says...: Pool & Billiard Magazine's 22nd Annual Player and Fan Poll". Pool & Billiard Magazine (Summerville, South Carolina: Sports Publications) 26 (2): p. 14. February 2008. ISSN 1049-2852.