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Early years James William Moore was born on September 14, 1910<ref>MyFamily.com Inc. (1998-2007). U.S. Social Security death index search (exhibiting birth date). Retrieved on September 6, 2007</ref> on a farm located in Troup County, Georgia, just outside the City of Hogansville. He was the son of a Georgia blacksmith, sheriff and streetcar conductor. He began working at a young age, supplementing his family's income variously as a cotton picker earning 35 cents per 100 pounds, managing a fruit stand, and delivering newspapers. His family moved to Detroit when he was 13, where other ways of making money presented themselves. Moore ran card games and pursued other games of chance, even pitching pennies. He was very good at such gambling pursuits and was a naturally gifted athlete, attaining a Triple-A level as a baseball player in the minor leagues, once bowled a perfect game, and was a fine golfer.<ref name="McCumber">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref><ref name="Tribune">Albuquerque Tribune (February 16, 1998). 'Cowboy' Jimmy Moore Beat the Best and All the Rest at Pool, by Carlos Salazar. Digitized version at AccessMyLibrary. Retrieved on January 20, 2008.</ref><ref name="Journal">Albuquerque Journal (November 18, 1999). Pool Legend Jimmy Moore Dies at Age 89, by Rick Wright. Digitized version at AccessMyLibrary. Retrieved on January 21, 2008.</ref>

"Cowboy" Jimmy Moore, Billiards Digest (1999)

In 1928 at 18 years of age, Moore took a job as a pinsetter at Car Barns, a local bowling alley, earning six cents a line. True to form, Moore was a quick study, for a time carrying a 233 bowling average. Moore first picked up a cue stick at Car Barns, playing on the single 4 x 8 foot pool table the bowling alley had available. According to Moore he immediately fell in love with the game; specifically, with the game of straight pool (14.1 continuous), at which he would chiefly compete during his career, though not to the exclusion of all other billiard disciplines—Moore would become national snooker champion,<ref name="McCumber" /><ref name="Tribune" /><ref name="Journal" /> and would place second at the 1961 First Annual World's One-Pocket Billiards Tournament in Johnston City, Illinois.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Straight pool was the game of championship pocket billiards competition until approximately the 1980s when it was overtaken by "faster" games such as nine-ball. In the game, a shooter may attempt to pocket any object ball on the table. The object is to reach a set number of points determined by agreement before the game—typically 150 in professional competition. One point is scored for each ball pocketed in the pocket called and where no foul has transpired.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> According to Moore, his high run in the game was 236 ball in a row.<ref name="Tribune" />

Six months after his first introduction to the game, Moore entered and won the 1929 Michigan State billiard championship. He successfully defended that title in the following three years. During the midst of the Great Depression, however, playing pool for trophies was not a luxury Moore could afford, so he took his game on the road.<ref name="McCumber" /><ref name="Tribune" />


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