Earl was reading the article, recently posted, (link below) 20120428_4 (2)  and it moved him to remind me that he too had a Shuffler Cap, AND FURTHER, that he had lost the Cap on his 2009 Trip to China.  In fact, he tells me it fell off the Great Wall, and try as he may, he could not retrieve it!!  Shufflers; that tells you just how revered the Cap of “TheShuffler” once was!!  As I frequently do, I got searching for something associated with the trip to China and came up with an article Earl had written for The Shuffler in >> GET THIS, 2003.  Folks that is 11 years ago!!! I now give you the article:  Pic of Earl is of Earl, not in 2003 but it is from 2006. 

As we promised, THE SHUFFLER had an “embedded reporter” on location during the U.S. Nationals at Lakeside!!  (2003)  We can now reveal the identity of the individual and publish this exciting “on scene report”!! The Shuffler extends to all the winners at Lakeside, our sincere congratulations!! We would be remiss if we did not single out “Earl the Pearl” and “Foxy Ann” for their performance during the week. Well done.  Oh yes, the name of our “guest reporter”, Earl Ball–thanks so much Earl. It is appreciated by all !!


  1. Past “Masters Champion” Ann Wedel pulled off a DOUBLE. She won the Ladies National Singles and teamed with Cecile Messier to win the doubles. Her tough match was the semis in singles where Wilma Rudolph had a hammer to win, but foxy Ann put in a 10, which Wilma couldn’t ignore, nor hold. Ann got the hammer and put it away. “Masters Co-Champion” Earl Ball drew Jacques Bergeron for the first match and the two favorites battled it out with Ball winning both games and going on to win the National Open Singles Championship. The “elite” field contained four “Masters” players and past Champion, Bergeron, who won consolation. The Men’s Closed Singles produced the most excitement in the finals. “Masters” player Paul Miller came back to win the first game and the 2nd game finished in a tie with Jerry Krynak winning in overtime. Jerry looked to have the 3rd game won with the winning high 7 hidden and double covered with a cross block on Miller’s hammer. But Miller blasted the covers out with his next to last shot and try as he may Krynak couldn’t get his last shot in front of his game winner. Miller came down the outside and put it in the Kitchen. Miller went on to win.

John Brown and Walt Wedel won the Men’s doubles defeating Earl Ball and rising Star, Bill McMillan in three games. There were several keys to the game not the least of which was winning the lag. Wedel neutralized Ball with some spectacular shots getting out of trouble several times by taking multiple blocks off the board with a single shot putting the match in the hands of Brown and McMillan where Brown was equally spectacular reversing kitchens and getting multiple blocks off the board. Final score 79-76.

Earl Ball >> Originally written in 2003.

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