Billiard World Mourns “Babe” Cranfield

The Billiard Congress of America has regretfully announced the passing of Hall-of-Famer Arthur “Babe” Cranfield, 89.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Cranfield won the New York City and National Junior titles at age 15, breaking previous high-run records, and was the National Amateur champion in 1938 and 1940. After serving in World War II, Cranfield appeared frequently at world tournaments, and took the world straight-pool title from Luther Lassiter in 1964. He was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame in 1997.

A resident of Syracuse, N.Y., he died Oct. 30, survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Fish; two sons, Lawrence and Gary; and related descendants.