(born June 27, 1913, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.—died Sept. 16, 1993, Haddon Heights, N.J.) U.S. pocket billiards player. The son of a billiards parlor owner, Mosconi began playing professionally in the early 1930s. Known for his accurate rapid-fire shooting, he was world champion 15 times between 1941 and 1957 and once had a run of 526 consecutive balls.
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In its earliest days, the Mosconi Cup was created by Sky Sports and Matchroom Sport as an exhibition event to increase public awareness of pool in the UK. As a result, players on both teams were generally picked for their ability to entertain the crowd. As a result, early European teams featured a high percentage of famous snooker players, in order to draw snooker fans to the event.
In the first year of competition some of the WPBA's top players played alongside the men in their respective teams. These included Franziska Stark (Germany), Allison Fisher (England), Jeanette Lee (US) and Vivian Villarreal (US).
As time progressed, the event evolved from its exhibition nature into a much more serious and professional tournament, and earning a place in the event has acquired a great deal of prestige. Of the snooker players, only Steve Davis remained into the event's more serious era, bowing out when the event began to clash with snooker's UK Championship. From this point, all players had to earn an invitation through their performances at other events, although the 2007 event saw snooker favourite Tony Drago earn a place on merit by virtue of his performance on the European pool tour, winning the tournament's Most Valuable Player award for his unbeaten run in the singles matches.
|2008||St Julians, Malta||Europe||-||USA||-|
|2007||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Europe||11||USA||8|
|2005||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||USA||11||Europe||6|
|2004||Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands||USA||12||Europe||9|
|2003||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||USA||11||Europe||9|
|2002||Bethnal Green, London, UK||Europe||12||USA||9|
|2001||Bethnal Green, London, UK||USA||12||Europe||1|
|2000||Bethnal Green, London, UK||USA||12||Europe||9|
|1999||Bethnal Green, London, UK||USA||12||Europe||7|
|1998||Bethnal Green, London, UK||USA||13||Europe||9|
|1997||Bethnal Green, London, UK||USA||13||Europe||8|
|1996||Dagenham, London, UK||USA||15||Europe||13|
|1995||Basildon, Essex, UK||Europe||16||USA||15|
|1994||Romford, London, UK||USA||16||Europe||12|