Jeanette Lee, one of the world’s most famous pool players, stopped at Sharky’s Billiards in Davenport Monday night, encouraging people of any age or athletic ability to give the sport a try.
Lee is better known as the Black Widow for her all-black outfits and taste for beating men at the pool table. She is currently ranked third in the world, but Monday, said there is still more to accomplish.
“I’m just continuing to go out there, kick butt, play pool. It never gets old, beating a man at pool — so hopefully, we’ll do some of that tonight,” said Lee.
Lee’s stop in Davenport was part of the American Poolplayers Association Black Widow Tour. She impressed fans with trick shots and autographs, but also inspired many with her story of success.
“This is huge,” said fan Dawn Glasgow. “She’s a Hall of Fame inductee, she’s awesome, she’s personable.”
“The way she fought through scoliosis and the 12 spinal surgeries… I can kinda of relate to it, because I’ve had a few myself. She played through the pain, and that kind of inspired me too,” said Doug Andereck.
Lee first played pool nearly 20 years ago, but she said the game has changed a lot in that time.
“When I first started, it was much more of a male-dominated sport than it is today,” said Lee. “Before, it was like pulling teeth to try and get 16 women together to compete in a tournament. Now, I would say easily it’s a third, but getting close to half, in terms of people out there competitively, socially playing pool.”
Quad City players hoped Lee’s visit would bring out some new faces to the game.
“It’s a fun thing to do. Go out with your friends, it’s a social activity,” said Quad City APA league operator Meghan Howell.