One of the greatest billiards players to ever live, Hoppe learned the game from his father, an innkeeper, who taught the youngster how to hustle travelling salesmen out of their paychecks. A true child prodigy, Hoppe’s peculiar cue handling style was the result of his need to stand on a box to reach the table from a very young age. By the age of 19, Hoppe played billiards with the style and confidence of an accomplished master, resulting in his first World Championship in Paris in 1906. By 1911, the one-time youthful pool hustler was invited to the White House by President William Howard Taft to host a billiards exhibition. As the years flew by, so did the championships, with Hoppe capturing 51 world’s billiards championship titles in 46 years. Few champions have ever dominated their sports for as many years as Hoppe, whose name was synonymous with billiards for almost a half-century. Hoppe’s classic Sport Kings card features blood red background that resembles the color of many a pool hall, dating to the time when Hoppe was a child. Remarkable, the red ink surrounding Hoppe’s image is as sharp, vibrant, and attractive as it was almost 90 years ago, when this card was printed.