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Rudolph Wanderone

American pool player
(Redirected from Minnesota Fats)

Rudolph Wanderone (January 19, 1913 – January 15, 1996) was an American professional pool player. He never won a world championship. His first nickname was "Brooklyn Fats" and then "New York Fats." Wanderone named himself "Minnesota Fats" after the character in the movie The Hustler. Wanderone was the host of a national television show, "Celebrity Billiards," during the 1960s. He is a member of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.[1]

Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone, Jr.
BornJanuary 19, 1913
New York City, U.S.
DiedJanuary 15, 1996(1996-01-15) (aged 82)
Other namesMinnesota Fats
New York Fats
Broadway Fats
Chicago Fats
Triple-Smart Fats
OccupationPool hustler


  1. "HOF INDUCTEES: 1977 - 1984". Billiard Congress of America. Retrieved 2011-05-07.