Thursday, June 01, 2006

Steve Mizerak Passes Away

Steve Mizerak Passes Away

The legendary Steve “The Miz” Mizerak passed away Monday, May 29. The Hall of Fame member suffered a stroke in 2001 and was hospitalized early in 2006 with gall bladder problems. After slipping into a coma, he then succumbed on Memorial Day. Born October 12, 1944, he was 61 years old.
Survived by his wife Karen and his two sons, a stepson and two granddaughters, The Miz was one of the most recognizable figures in pool. His game of choice was straight pool—after becoming classified as a professional at the age of 13 after running 105 balls, he went on to collect four U.S. Open Championship titles in 1970-1973. He also showed tremendous proficiency at 9-ball, winning the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in 1978.
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Steve was graduated from Athens College in Athens, AL, in 1968 with a degree in history. He taught for 13 years before retiring and going on to star in Miller Lite beer commercials, the most famous of which was “Just Showin’ Off.” Steve went on to perform in “The Baltimore Bullet,” which led to his part in “The Color of Money.”
In the 1990s, Steve again branched out, becoming an entrepreneur and launched Mizerak Cues, which he marketed to Kmart, Sports Authority, and other sporting goods chains. He also started the Senior Tour, a tour for 50+ players, which he ran for six years out of his room in Lake Park, FL.
Jimmy Reid, a Senior Tour participant, recalled, “At a pool table, Steve Mizerak is one of the most coordinated big men you have ever seen or will ever have the pleasure of seeing. Steve has always been a good friend, but on the green felt he's a fierce competitor. Steve addressed the cue ball and came down into the shot as well as anyone who ever played the game. When he fell in gear playing straight pool, ‘Miss’ was definitely a girl.”
A church service was scheduled for Friday.
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