Aging Jake Schaefer Sr., ill and past his prime, defeated a brilliant upstart named Willie Hoppe in an 18.2 billiards match 47 years ago this week. Schaefer (The Wizard) had tutored Hoppe (The Boy Wonder) in Paris, where they both lived and played. Through his victory he became the only player to beat Willie in The Wonder's youthful prime. He died two years later, leaving Jake Jr. to provide Hoppe with stiff competition.
This is an article from the March 14, 1955 issue