How this Monmouth pool player followed in Ralph Greenleaf’s steps

MONMOUTH — In my recent pool article, I mentioned “Big Bertha,” the 5-by-10 foot table Monmouth pool legend Ralph Greenleaf played on a century ago that’s still in use today.

Those 50-square foot “green monsters” are largely a thing of the distant past.

The next-best pool player to come out of Monmouth, Maynard “Rip” Parish, revealed why.

“Ralph is the reason they stopped playing on those tables,” said Parish, 79, who was born and raised in Monmouth and now lives in Pennsylvania. “Nobody could beat him on a 5-by-10. He was too good. So they made the tables smaller.”

Leveling the playing field by making it easier for everybody else?

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