Marty Reisman

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Marty Reisman
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Marty Reisman c early 1950s on the cover of his autobiography
Personal information
Nationality United States
Born(1930-02-01)February 1, 1930
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 7, 2012(2012-12-07) (aged 82)

Martin 'Marty' Reisman (February 1, 1930 – December 7, 2012) was an American champion table tennis player and author.[1] He was the 1958 and 1960 U.S. Men’s singles champion and the 1997 U.S. hardbat champion.

Table tennis career[edit]

Reisman started playing table tennis at the age of 12 in Manhattan's Lower East Side,[2] and then as a hustler in New York in the 1940s, playing for bets and prizes, notably at Lawrence's Broadway Table Tennis Club at 54th Street and Broadway. Comedian Jonathan Katz recalled that he met and played against Reisman when he was a youth and that Reisman was an amazing athlete,[3] and that he was once beaten by him with the flat end of a chess piece.[4]

He won five bronze medals at the World Table Tennis Championships, starting with a men's team event bronze at 1948 World Table Tennis Championships, followed by three medals at the 1949 World Table Tennis Championships in the men's singles, the men's team and the mixed doubles with Peggy McLean. His fifth medal came in 1952 in the men's doubles with Douglas Cartland at the 1952 World Table Tennis Championships.

He and Cartland performed a comedy table tennis routine as the opening act for the Harlem Globetrotters. Reisman won 22 major table tennis titles from 1946 to 2002, including two United States Opens and a British Open.[5]

In later life, Reisman continued to be one of the most visible presences and known personalities in the table tennis world. He became the oldest player to win an open national competition in a racket sport by winning the 1997 United States National Hardbat Championship at the age of 67,[2] and was the president of Table Tennis Nation at the time of his death in December 2012.[6] Reisman was Jewish.[7][8][9]


Reisman's autobiography, The Money Player, The Confessions of America's Greatest Table Tennis Player and Hustler was published in 1974. Publisher: Morrow, ISBN 0-688-00273-0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile". Table Tennis Guide.
  2. ^ a b Everything You Know Is Pong: How ... Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  3. ^ "Comedian Jonathan Katz on His Life with MS 1". Retrieved March 14, 2011.
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  5. ^ Douglas Martin (7 December 2012). "Marty Reisman, 82, Wizard of Table Tennis, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2018 – via
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  7. ^ Tracy, Marc (October 26, 2010). "Dick Miles, Top Ping-Pong Player, Dies - by Marc Tracy". Tablet. Retrieved March 14, 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  9. ^ "Heeb". Retrieved March 14, 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

External links[edit]

Sklarbro Country (2012-11-23). "a woman like that". (Podcast). Event occurs at 45:48. Retrieved 2012-12-17.