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the entire evening's play. "Kiedknef
er seemed unable to bet started and
did not play up to the form he has
shown in practice.
One winter evening 12 years ago
August Kieckhefer strolled over to a
cue rack in a billiard hall and stood
contemplating the polished .sticks
with their fascinating- leather and
He had never handled a cue, hut
h'and tba.t night 12 years ago. but he
did and he played the entire game
with his left hand. He has played
with the' southpaw ever since.
Chance must have made him a
left-hand cueist, for in everything
else., from writing and eating to
"mitting" a friend, he is right
handed, Kieckhefer's first game was pool,
called pocket billiard now. That
when asked to play he decided it
would be a good time to start. He
was only 14 and wore short trousers.
Just what he was doing in a billiard
hall at that age history does not tell,
but he has been in a lot of them
since. He holds three titles.
Goodness only knows why Kieck
hefer picked out a cue with his left
was in 1903. Six years later he' was
state champion of Wisconsin.
Then he turned to three-cushion
billiards and won the championship
of Milwaukee in 1910. During the
next three years he didn't do much
except practice, then in 1914 won the
Kieckhefer kept practicing and at