Frank Taberski (1889–1941) was a professional pocket billiards player from Schenectady, New York. Nicknamed "The Gray Fox," he won 10 world title challenge matches in a row. He was ranked number 7 on the Billiards Digest 50 Greatest Players of the Century.
Taberski was born in 1889, and first made a living by selling milk door to door. He began practicing pool at 13 years of age, playing 30 minutes a day when his working hours were over.
In 1915, at age 26, he turned pro after attending the New York City pocket billiards championship.
In 1916 he became world champion by defeating Johnny Layton.
Also in 1916 he retained his title by defeating Ralph Greenleaf.
In 1917 he retained his title again by defeating James Maturo.
By 1918 he had won 10 consecutive challenge matches. Following those victories, Taberski temporarily retired that same year.
He returned to pocket billiards in 1925 and regained the world title from Greenleaf who held it over 10 challenge matches in a row.
His highest straight pool run is 238.
Taberski died in 1941. He was 52.
His son Harold Taberski was also a pool player.
Taberski was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame in 1975.
World Pocket Billiards Championship titles
He won 10 consecutive challenge matches. There can be multiples matches in a single year.
- 1916 defeating Ralph Greenleaf.
- 1917 defeating James Maturo.