Michael Geffner


Belle of the Balls

By speaking softly and carrying a custom made stick, san Antonio’s Vivian villarreal is breaking pro pool’s gender barrier.


Whether playing for the luckless Houston Astros, running the world-champion New York Yankees, or confronting racism, Bob Watson has always stepped up to the plate.

Major Minor

Jimmie Lee Solomon went from working a small Texas ranch to running big league baseball’s farm system. Now he may be up for one of the game’s top jobs.

Life of Wiley

At his pool hall near White Rock Lake, on bar tables across the country, and at professional tournaments around the world, Carson “CJ” Wiley earns his keep by ramming balls into pockets. It’s that simple.

Diamond In The Rough

To say he’s the strong, silent type is something of an understatement. Unlike most baseball stars, Texas Ranger Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is all action and no talk—and that makes him one of the game’s real gems.

The Coach’s Son

For years Houston native Chuck Knoblauch took his cues from his high school baseball coach, who also happened to be his father. Then Alzheimer’s disease changed their relationship forever.

The Shootist

Dick Lane got to be the best pool player in Texas history by tirelessly honing his technique. Now he wants to improve the sport he loves—but it’s a long shot.

Roger, Over and Out?

At 38, Roger Clemens, the greatest pitcher ever to
emerge from Texas, is no longer carving up the
American League like he used to. Is the Rocket about
to flame out?