Billiards Anyone? Check Out One North of Boston's Clubhouse This Month

interior of One North of Boston's clubhouse

We hope you’ve taken the opportunity to enjoy a game night in one of our two clubhouse suites in the last couple of weeks here at One North of Boston at our fabulous location here in Chelsea, Massachusetts. As promised in our previous post, this time we are sharing info and fun trivia about the history of billiards.  

A Brief History of Billiards

“Billiards” is the collective term for various games that can be played on a billiard (pool) table, as well as the name for one of those games in particular.

The first known written record of the existence of billiards played on a table was in 1470 in an inventory of items purchased by King Louis XI of France. Listed were “billiard balls and billiard table for pleasure and amusement.” Members of the English monarchy got in on the game, too; Mary Queen of Scots had a billiard table in her prison cell while she was awaiting execution.

Billiards has enjoyed a long history and is played around the world. We’ve just touched the surface when it comes to the history of the game.  For a more in-depth look, check out this history of billiards (where we got our information), which includes some awesome pictures.

Fun Trivia about Pool and Billiards

We take our trivia from the Billiard Congress of America’s website. Visit the site to learn more interesting and quirky facts about the game.

  • At times, including during the Civil War, billiard results received wider coverage than war news. Players were so renowned that cigarette cards were issued featuring them.

  • Billiards was the first sport to have a world championship (1873).

  • Throughout history, billiards has bridged the gap between the aristocracy and the masses. Both gentlemen and street toughs played.

  • The first coin-operated billiard table was patented in 1903. The cost of a game on the first pay-for-play table: one penny

  • Amazingly, the main component of billiard cloth has remained unchanged for over 400 years. Wool was used in the 1500’s, and remains the fabric of choice today. It has, of course, undergone some perfecting (and some wool/nylon blends are also produced).

We hope you have enjoyed this little trip through the history of billiards! Visit our clubhouse at One North of Boston soon to enjoy a game or two — a perk available for everyone in our apartment community. Thanks for taking time to read our post today.

 

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