Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
There were few if any, women’s tournaments in the early 1890s.
Whatever titles there were, were local, and usually self-proclaimed. Until, of course, Frances Anderson came along.
The Indiana native merely proclaimed herself Champion of the World and offered $5,000 to any woman who could beat her at pocket billiards.
Anderson toured the country, playing both men and women. Legend has it, she went undefeated for 25 years against her female competitors.
She was paid handsomely for her appearances throughout the 1920s, taking on challengers and giving exhibitions, in both America and Europe.
She followed this up with a well-publicized announcement that shocked the pool-playing world.
Her real name was Orie (from Kansas), not Frances – and she was actually a he.