Tom Newman (billiards player)
|Born||23 March 1894
Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire, England
|Died||30 September 1943 (aged 49)
Tufnel Park, London
Tom Newman (23 March 1894 – 30 September 1943) was an English professional player of English billiards and snooker. He was born Thomas Edgar Pratt in Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire. He always appeared under the name Tom Newman when playing billiards or snooker and changed his name formally in 1919, shortly before his marriage that year.
He established himself as the best billiards players of the 1920s, appearing in every World Professional Billiards Championship final between 1921 and 1930, and winning the title six times. In the last five of these final he met Joe Davis, winning twice (1926 & 1927) and losing three times (1928, 1929 & 1930).
Newman was a great break builder at billiards, and was a master of the cannon shot. His first century break at the "three ball game" came when he was 16 years of age; and in the 1930-31 season he made 134 breaks of 1000.
Like many players of that era he regarded snooker as the less "serious" of the two sports, but nevertheless he made an officially recognized record snooker break of 89 in 1919. In 1934 he was one of two entries for the World Championship, the other being defending champion Joe Davis. Davis won 25–22, although at one stage Newman led 14–13.
- World Billiards Champion 1921-22, 1924-27.
Non-ranking event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1934||World Snooker Championship||Joe Davis||22–25|
- "Biliiard star Tom Newman dies at age 49 – Six times champion in seven years". Yorkshire Evening Post. 30 September 1943. Retrieved 9 November 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (. ))
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