The Billiards Congress of America (BCA) recently announced this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony to be held Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas during the Mosconi Cup rounds. The United States Billiard Media Association announced this year's winners, Jeanette Lee and British promoter Barry Hearn. Jeanette Lee, and her infamous "Black Widow" trademark name will enter the Greatest Players wing of the BCA Hall of Fame, while Barry Hearn will be honored for Meritorious Service.
Jeanette beat out Finnish player Mika Immonen in the closest Hall of Fame voting ever, taking the honor in a special run-off election after being tied in the initial voting.
The Black Widow, who was born in Brooklyn, has contributed greatly to this sport and is clearly the most recognizable current billiards professional in the world. Lee has also been very active as a promoter of the sport, as well as a marketer for the sport and her own ventures.
In 1993, Lee declared her intention to become the number 1 player. She made good on her promise quickly, racking up titles in 3 WPBA Classic Tour events, the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship and the WPBA Nationals in 1004. Her confidence and performance landed her the Player of the Year honors. She continued to win up to 21 more titles in the following decade, and was a driving force in promoting billiards to the masses. One of the most recognizable players in the world, her trademark brand "The Black Widow" and image bring instant attention to the sport.
The Black Widow's personal life has been scattered with challenges, including multiple surgeries. As always, she has taken on adversity with a passion and has served as the National Spokesperson for The Scoliosis Association. She promotes a balanced family life that is refreshing to see from a top-quality professional athlete and continues to be an inspiration to countless fans.