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The Quiet Man
Shane Van Boening, 2007 Player of the Year, sits atop the game that gave him strength, focus and resolve as a child
By Mason King
SHANE VAN BOENING, 18 months old, perched in a captain’s chair in his grandfather’s poolhall and watched the white ball chase the colored balls around the table. No fussing. No wandering. Just watching.
Months later, at Christmas, his grandfather ripped the wrapping paper off of a big box and said, “C’mere, Shane.” It was a 2-by-4-foot pool table, with miniature balls and stick.
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