BennyOnTheLoose wrote:I've seen it claimed that Mark Wildman made the fist televised snooker century, in late 1960. However, it looks like Joe Davis made one earlier. The Shields Daily News (Thursday 21 February 1957, page 11) says "In Joe Davis' recent television contest he made a break of 111." Does anyone know any more details about Davis' break?
I think the Mark Wildman 107 break in November 1960 is widely regarded as being the first on television. It is interesting though. Even in a television competition, it is quite likely the camera's would only have rolled for a half hour or so broadcast, so there's no certainty Joe's break would've been captured.
In 1955 the camera's were present to film the last night of play at Leicester Square Hall before it's closure. Fred Davis made a century that evening but it wasn't while the camera were rolling.
I will check up in the December Billiard Player
magazine to see if there's any mention.