Sport: Brighter Billiards

Nostalgic for the days when every gentleman's home was likely to include a large room built specially to contain a billiard table, a rack of shiny cues, a flannel-lined oak box in which reposed three ivory balls, billiard table manufacturers have spent years and millions trying to bring them back. Long ago, for no good reason, the game of pool was renamed pocket billiards. Last year, the idea that billiards lacked social prestige gave rise to institutions like Manhattan's Carom Club for socialite and celebrated billiardists.

Last summer Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. sensibly decided that for...

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