Earl started playing pool at the age of 9. After intensive
practice, he entered his first professional tournament aged
He was born June 8, 1961 in Roseboro, North Carolina and is an American professional pool player who is considered one of the best nine-ball players of all time. Earl has won numerous championship titles and, in 2006, was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame. Earl is a multiple winner of the prestigious Player of the Year Award, and his career highlights include 5 wins at the U.S. Open Nine-ball Championships (more than any other professional pool player worldwide), and 6 WPA World Nine-ball Championships. Strickland is the only WPA World Nine-ball Champion ever to win the event in consecutive years. He was also an ever-present player for the American team in the annual Mosconi Cup tournament, from its inauguration in 1994, up until 2015.Strickland once ran 11 consecutive racks against Nick Mannino during the first PCA tournament in 1996 where there was a stipulation that anyone who could break and run 10 racks would win US$1,000,000. Jimmy Mataya, who was present at the event, witnessed Strickland's last shot, a tough nine-ball combination in which Earl showed no fear and "fired it in with authority" to win the prize.
The Strickland Story - The
Sky Sport spent three days interviewing Earl while he was on tour to make this documentary.
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