Local Pool Legend Dies in Car Crash

7:27 PM, Dec 28, 2010   |    comments
Wade "Boom-Boom" Crane
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ACWORTH, GA -- "He was a phenomenal pool player. He played far beyond everyone else," said Jack Lindsay, as he spoke of his friend for over 40 years.

Known as the man who got the perfect score, a local pool champion was killed in a car crash on Sunday.

Police say 66 year old Wade "Boom-Boom" Crane died after his vehicle hit a wall while he was driving in Tennessee.

Crane leaves behind a great legacy and international following for his success in pool.

"All the pool players in Georgia know who Wade Crane is. He was a very popular fellow," said long-time friend Jerry Forysth.

He was given the name "Boom-Boom" for the cannonball sound heard from his legendary 9-ball break, a nine ball break that led him to be voted the best in history.

Crane earned most of his recognition after winning a tournament without ever missing a ball, giving him the perfect score in pool.

Those close to him say he was extremely talented, but also humble.

"He never let his ego get a hold of him, he was always everybody's friend wherever he went," Forsyth added.

Crane often shared his talents by teaching pool lessons at "Wade's World" in Acworth, a pool hall his long-time friend named after him.

"He was also a very down to earth guy, never met a stranger, and also willing to sit down with just about anyone, especially if it was about pool," Forsyth said.

No funeral date has been set yet, but those close to him say Wade "Boom-Boom" Crane will be missed.

"He was a great person. I never found one greater. I was always his friend and wish he was still here," said Lindsay.

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