Marty Reisman

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Marty Reisman c early 1950s on the cover of his autobiography

Marty Reisman (February 1, 1930 - December 7, 2012) was an American champion table tennis player and author. He was the 1958 and 1960 U.S. Men’s singles champion and the 1997 U.S. hardbat champion.

Table tennis career

Reisman developed his table tennis skills beginning at the age of 12 in Manhattan's Lower East Side,[1] and then as a hustler in New York in the 1940s, playing for bets and prizes, notably at Lawrence's Broadway Table Tennis Club at 54th Street and Broadway.

Reisman became the oldest player to win an open national competition in a racket sport by winning the 1997 United States National Hardbat Championship at the age of 67.[1]

In recent years, Reisman had continued to be one of the most visible presences and known personalities in the table tennis world. Reisman was the president of Table Tennis Nation at the time of his death.[2] Reisman was Jewish.[3][4][5] Comedian Jonathan Katz recalled that he met and played against Reisman when he was a youth and that Reisman was an amazing athlete[6] and that he was once beaten by him with the flat end of a chess piece.[7]


Reisman's autobiography, The Money Player, The Confessions of America's Greatest Table Tennis Player and Hustler was published in 1974. Publisher: Morrow, ISBN 0-688-00273-0

See also


  1. ^ a b Everything You Know Is Pong: How ... Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
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  3. ^ Tracy, Marc (October 26, 2010). "Dick Miles, Top Ping-Pong Player, Dies - by Marc Tracy". Tablet. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Heeb". Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Comedian Jonathan Katz on His Life with MS 1". Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  7. ^
  • Table Tennis Nation
  • Full biography at USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame. Accessed November 2006.
  • Interview With Marty Reisman at USA Table Tennis By Tyra Parkins 2001. Accessed November 2006.
  • Marty Reisman article at
  • A Giant Misunderstanding Nearly Made A Giant-killer Of The Author, by Parton Keese
  • A Little Night Music by Ray Kennedy
  • Obituary in The New York Times

Sklarbro Country (2012-11-23). "a woman like that". (Podcast). Event occurs at 45:48. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 

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