Welker Cochran

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Cochran sitting on a billiards table

Welker Cochran (October 7, 1897 – July 26, 1960)[1] was an American professional carom billiards player who won world titles in two different disciplines, balkline and three-cushion billiards.


He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but moved to Manson early. He began playing at a young age in a billiards parlor owned by his father in Manson, and by the age of 17 was among the best players in the world.[1]

He won his first world title in 1927 in 18.2 balkline. The popularity of balkline faded in the late 1920s and early 1930s, causing Cochran to switch to three-cushion, in which he won his first world title in 1933. In 1945, Cochran set a new world record (now surpassed) by achieving a game average of 3 (60 points in 20 innings) in a match he won against Willie Hoppe. He retired from serious competition in 1946 due to arthritis, but did make a comeback attempt in 1954.[2]

He died on July 26, 1960 in Belmont, California.


Cochran was inducted posthumously into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 1967.[3]

Titles and tournament wins[edit]

  • World 18.2 Balkline Champion (1927, 1934)
  • World Three-Cushion Champion (1933, 1935, 1936, 1944)


  1. ^ a b Biography with Photo on Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^ Cue Expert Cochran, Shooter Gilbert Join 'Hall' Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  3. ^ Congress of America Retrieved 8 July 2012.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Robert Byrne, Byrne's Wonderful World of Pool and Billiards: A Cornucopia of Instruction, Strategy, Anecdote, and Colorful Characters, 1996