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New York, 1909. Balkline billiards champion Calvin Demarest, six years before he was committed to an insane asylum after attacking his wife with a knife. He died in 1925 at the age of 37. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. You can see Calvin in action at the pool table here.