Ray Martin (pool player)

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Ray Martin (born 1936) is an American professional pool player, nicknamed "Cool Cat". He acquired his nickname when he calmly won a world title in 1971 in California when during the event an earthquake was in progress.[1]

Professional career[edit]

He held the World Champion title in straight pool in 1971, 1974 and 1978.[2]

In 1994, Martin was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame.[3]

He is one of only seven players in the last century to win three or more world 14.1 titles. He has also won several nine-ball tournaments, including the 1980 Caesars Tahoe Invitational, the 1981 ESPN King of the Hill, and the 1983 Music City Open. He finished 4th and 5th, respectively in the 1992 and 1993 BCA US Opens. From 1989 to 1991 he served as a contributing editor and wrote the Nine-Ball Safeties column for The Snap Magazine.


  • 1968 New Jersey Masters
  • 1970 New York State Tournament
  • 1972 New Jersey State Tournament
  • 1974 World Pocket Billiard Tournament


  • The 99 Critical Shots in Pool (1977). Co-authored with Rosser Reeves


  1. ^ "Player of the Month," The New National Billiard News, page 11, January 1975. Retrieved June 15, 2007
  2. ^ Player Profile, InternationalPoolTour.com. Retrieved 27 April 2012
  3. ^ BCA Hall of Fame Archived 2007-03-31 at the Wayback Machine, BCA-Pool.com. Retrieved June 15, 2007

Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame