Steve James (snooker player)

Steve James (Snooker Player)

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Stephen James (born 2 May 1961)White, Jason (2002) "Steve James: Crucible or bust for James; Last act beckons in great entertainer's compelling snooker tale", Sports Argus, 26 January 2002, (confirms May 1961) is an English professional snooker player.

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A former postman, the high point of his career was his sole ranking title – the Mercantile Credit Classic in 1990, beating Australian Warren King 10–6 in the final. His world ranking peaked at number seven the following season, the best of his five seasons in the top sixteen."Booze nightmare for snooker star who blew fortune", Sunday Mercury, 28 June 1998

On 14 April 1990, in his match against Alex Higgins at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, James became the first and only player to produce a 16-red total clearance in competitive play. In other words, he potted 16 reds and 16 colours consecutively, followed by all the coloured balls in order: a situation that was only possible because he was awarded a free ball before any red had been potted.Guinness World Records 2001, IBS Books, ISBN 978-1892051011

A year later he reached the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship, beating defending champion Stephen Hendry in the quarter-finals (it would be 6 years before anyone else would beat Hendry in the tournament; Irishman Ken Doherty had the honour...
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