About the McCreeryChampion of Champions
The McCreery 3-Cushion Champion of Champions Tournament will feature a sixty-six game round robin in which each of the twelve competitors will face each of his possible eleven opponents. The top four players from the round robin will advance to the semifinals with the winners of the semifinal matches playing one another in the championship match on August 11, 2018.
The tournament's sixty-nine matches will showcase technological innovations that include billiard tables equipped with sensors on the surface and in the rails; powerful officiating tools that enable rapid, complex and detailed review; a new sports data monitoring system; and high frame-rate cameras.
The tournament is named in honor of Wayman C. McCreery (1851 – 1901), one of the most accomplished amateurs in the late 1800’s. He developed three-cushion billiards as a separate and distinct discipline for tournament match-play.
Wayman C. McCreery
"Nothing can be wrong that conduces to perpetuate and improve the game of three cushions"
Wayman Crow McCreery, a prominent citizen of St. Louis, was highly regarded as one of the foremost billiard amateurs in the late 1800s. Willie Hoppe called him "one of the ablest performers in the country."McCreery is credited with the invention and development of three-cushion billiards as a separate and distinct discipline for tournament and competitive match-play. The first three-cushion tournament on record, won by Leon Magnus, was held in St. Louis at C. E. Mussey's Room in January of 1878. Mr. McCreery was one of five participants and, in all likelihood, a sponsor. Four years later McCreery challenged Magnus and defeated him in a now famous three-cushion contest for $200 a side with a winning score of 50–31 in 53 innings (.943 average). This stood as the record game for a fifty-point three-cushion match until 1902. McCreery’s achievements in three-cushion include: 50 points in 53 innings; a 15 point match in 2 innings; a 10 point match in 1 inning from the spots; and a high run of 14.
Born on June 14, 1851, in St. Louis, Missouri, Wayman McCreery was a successful real estate agent, an Internal Revenue Collector for the port of St. Louis appointed by President Cleveland, the Secretary and Treasurer of the Security Building, the Choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral, a composer, an athlete, and a participant in all the eminent social events of St. Louis. His father, Phocian R. McCreery, originally from Kentucky, settled in St. Louis around 184. His mother was Mary Jane (Hynes) McCreery, the daughter of Colonel Andrew Hynes of Tennessee. McCreery’s early education was at Washington University in St. Louis until the age of eighteen, after which he attended the University in Racine, Wisconsin, where he graduated with honors in 1871. Wayman McCreery developed a real estate business, first in partnership for twelve years and then as sole proprietor. He was highly respected in his field and McCreery’s name is associated with some of the finest buildings in the city of St Louis. In 1875 McCreery married Miss Mary Louisa Carr, a daughter of Dabney Carr and granddaughter of Judge William Carr. They had four children.