Hall of Fame

In 1995 the first New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame opened in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Hall of Fame was the brainchild of Ray Desell, a longtime player and promoter of the game. Ray spent many years collecting pictures, articles, and anything he could get his hands on about New England pool players. From 1995 to about 2005 there were 37 players inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In 2009 it was decided that the Hall of Fame be moved to its present location in Snookers at 53 Ashburton Street in Providence. Ray Desell teamed up with another longtime player and promoter, Tom McGonagle, himself a Hall of Fame inductee. Together they compiled an impressive amount of material about New England pool and billiard players. Sadly, Ray passed away unexpectedly before the new location opened it’s doors. Somewhere up there Ray is smiling down on his dream.

On March 12, 2010 the “new” New England Pool and Billiards Hall of Fame celebrated it’s comeback with an induction ceremony. Many people showed up that night to honor the achievements of the 23 new inductees; it was a wonderful event. The inductees were given a chance to speak about their experiences and to receive a beautiful plaque from the New England Pool and Billiards president, Tom McGonagle. The following day Snookers hosted the first annual New England Pool and Billiards 9 ball tournament.

There will be an induction ceremony adding new players to the Hall of Fame and a 9 ball tourament each year in the month of March.

Snookers has dedicated the wall spaces in their players tournament room for a permanent display of the Hall of Fame material. The facility is beautiful and a credit to the game of pool and billiards. The players represented here are some of the greatest this area has ever known.

If you haven’t been to Snookers to see the new hall, we invite you to come and enjoy a piece of New England pool and billiard history.


Annual Inductee Ceremony and 9 Ball Tournament

March 12 - 14, 2010


Hall of Fame Tournament Champions

1st Place
  • Zion Zvi (2017)
  • Jayson Shaw (2016)
  • Mike Dechaine (2015)
  • Joe Dupuis (2014)
  • Mike Dechaine (2013)
  • Mike Dechaine (2011 - 2012)
  • Stevie Moore (2010)
Second Place
  • Joe Dupuis (2017)
  • Shaun Wilkie (2016)
  • Jorge Rodriguez (2015)
  • Mike Dechaine (2014)
  • Jeremy Sossei (2013)
  • Nelson Oliveira (2011 - 2012)
  • Mike Dechaine (2010)
   

Sy & Dolly Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Philip Capelle
  • Al Leon aka "Upstate Al"
  • Nicholas Scofield & Anthony Disegna
  • Steve & Tammy Reynolds
  • Dave & Lisa Christie and family
  • Mickey Bezger
  • Bob Giglio
  • Mario Barriere
  • Sy & Dolly Erkhart
  • Steve & Regina Goulding
  • Dave Cunha
  • Bob Campbell
  • Mike Webb
  • Mike & Gail Xiarhos
  • Gene Tivnan
  • Nadine & Jerry Mazzola
  • Paul Drexler
  • Ray Desell
  • Bobby Hilton
  • Sal Bevilacqua
  • Becky Ellsworth-Tucker

Hall of Fame Players

  • Karen Corr
  • Bart A. Rivezzi
  • Shayne Cote
  • Tom Laverriere
  • Fred Dechaine
  • Joe "Boston Joey" Kiley
  • Roger Boucher
  • Roy Crabtree
  • Vinny De'Torre
  • Bill Dunsmore
  • Billy Hodgkins
  • Bobby Hunt
  • Bob Ingersoll
  • Larry "Boston Shorty" Johnson
  • T.J. La Flamme
  • Herb Lehman
  • Larry Lisciotti
  • Paul Lucchesi, Sr.
  • Ray McNamara
  • Tom McGonagle
  • Paul Melnichuk
  • Grace Nakamura
  • Mike Nicoloro
  • Jamie Patterson
  • Louis Prisco
  • Dick Reid
  • George Rippe
  • Andrew St.Jean
  • Charles Seaback
  • Liz Taylor
  • Palmer Byrd
  • Mazin Shooni
  • Kevin Kefalas
  • Jay Spielberg
  • Bruce Barthelette
  • Steve Booth
  • Liz Ford
  • Stacie Bourbeau
  • Jamey Gray
  • Matt Tetreault
  • Jeremy Sossei
  • Jarrod Clowery
  • Nelson Oliveira
  • Steve Pento
  • Terry Kearns
  • Sal "Cool Cat" Conti
  • Chuck Wiggin
  • Larry Gendler
  • Tom "Shorty" D'Alfonso
  • Jon Waidlich
  • Randy Labonte
  • Bruce Difronzo
  • Joe Deamato
  • Dick "Peppers" Letourneau Jr.
  • Dawn Muerin Hopkins
  • Ron Tocci
  • Carlos Vieira
  • Nick Vlahos
  • Norm "Farmer" Weber
  • Mike Xiarhos
  • Mike Zuglan
  • Johnny "Connecticut" Vives
  • Rick Mattarazzo
  • Charlie Mattarazzo
  • Nicole Mancini Albergaria
  • Marty Herman
  • Johnny Marco
  • Rick Marcos
  • Beau McGarrett
  • Ron "Tallman" Meriwether
  • Johnny Mills
  • Laddie Mills
  • Richie Mills
  • Candi Rego
  • Bobby "Pags" Pagliarulo
  • John Fernandes
  • Kerry Herbert
  • Ronnie Alarie
  • Bob Busa
  • Bob Madenjian
  • Bob Dennis
  • Bob Grudzinski
  • David Van Lokeren
  • Kris Landry
  • Mark Kulungian
  • Dave Fernandez
  • Ed Gregory
  • Billy " The Kid " Lanna
  • Steve Tavernier
  • Joe Tucker
  • Tony Robles
  • George " Ginky " Sansouci
  • Rich Ross
  • Eddie Miller
  • Linda Shea
  • Marty Carey
  • Tom Seminaro Jr.
  • Joe Dupuis
  • Mike Dechaine