Wanderone, Rudolf – at Billiards


The Rudolf Wanderone mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique athletes in a variety of arenas from baseball to rodeo.  An image of Rudolf Wanderone and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Rudolf Wanderone was also known as: “New York Fats,” ‟Fatty,” ‟Triple Smart,” ‟Dean of the Green,” ‟The Sultan of Stroke” and ‟The Bank Shot Bandit.”   Starting in the 1920s he crisscrossed the country taking on all comers.  In 1961, when the movie The Hustler came out, he adopted the  name “Minnesota Fats.”  Within months he became a celebrity and proclaimed himself the greatest pool player ever.  While the movie was not based on Wanderone, he looked the part, weighing as much as 300 pounds on a 5-foot-10  frame.  He was, in fact, a master hustler.  He loved animals and was an easy touch, never saying no to a loan.  Fats was a charmer, an entertainer, and smooth hustler.  His tombstone reads:  Beat every living creature on Earth, “St. Peter rack em up”  Fats

This Rudolf Wanderone History Mug is part of our Athletes series.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.

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