Before Barry Cohen was Barry Crane, he began to leave his indelible mark on the masterpoint race that would eventually bear his name.
“Barry Cohen, the Detroit Demon who has just moved to Pasadena, won the McKenney Trophy for the year 1952, scoring over 600 masterpoints! This beats the best previous record (Charlie Goren’s, naturally) by about 150 points.
“In piling up his tremendous total, Barry traveled to every part of the country, playing in tournaments every weekend as well as in the nationals. He won masterpoints in 44 different tournaments! Just to make sure, Barry also played in club tournaments, and faithfully converted fractional masterpoints to swell the total by about 30 masterpoints during the year.”
The Bulletin January/February 1953: 7