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With the US's prohibition of alcohol came an attack on gambling as well. New York City banned pinball in 1942, and many other cities soon followed suit. 00:57
In 1976, Roger Sharpe, considered the best pinball player in the US, was hired as the MAA's star witness in their quest to overturn New York City's pinball ban. The MAA wanted to prove that pinball was a game of skill, not chance, and asked Sharpe to demonstrate this by playing a game for the court. 02:38
Afraid that Sharpe's main machine had been tampered with, a council member asked Sharpe to switch machines. Sharpe wasn't as familiar with this machine, and the council member wasn't impressed. To prove his skill once and for all, Sharpe called his shot -- through the middle lane -- and succeeded in a move that would become a pinball legend. 03:52