Sport: Geometric Giant

For as long as anyone can remember, Willie Hoppe (rhymes with sloppy) has been a synonym for billiards. When he was twelve, way back when Jim Jeffries ruled heavyweight boxing, Willie was the original boy wonder. The year after Ty Cobb broke into the majors, Willie Hoppe brought the world's 18.1 balkline championship home from Paris. Now 57, greying William Frederick Hoppe is not only the last of the sport giants, but goes right on being one. In only one respect has he slowed down: he no longer jogs around Manhattan's Central Park...

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