Speak Out: ‘Socko’ the best of the best
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Re “Calhoun County man part of historic team” (Sports article, Aug. 28):

I read with great interest the recent article about Socko Johnson, baseball player, pool player and lumberjack. When I was a kid (1950s), Socko played pool at the Smokehouse pool room on Noble Street. He was a great pool player and just about every kid’s hero. At the time, there were only two local players who could compete with Socko, Bill Saunders and a young man named Billy Ledbetter from the Alexandria area.

As Socko grew older, his vision got bad and he lost his pool-shooting ability. Then, as in all sports, younger players emerged. But Socko always stood out as the best of the best.

Larry Reaves
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