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Taking the world by the balls: Halifax man tries to get a grip on pool hall record

Leroy Brooks, better known as Sledge Hammer Spike, is pretty sure his attempted feat would be a world record.

Leroy Brooks -- better known by his professional wrestling name, Sledge Hammer Spike -- holds 16 pool balls at Locas Billiards in downtown Halifax on Thursday.

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Leroy Brooks -- better known by his professional wrestling name, Sledge Hammer Spike -- holds 16 pool balls at Locas Billiards in downtown Halifax on Thursday.

A Halifax man will attempt to set what he believes is a world record this weekend for the number of pool balls held in one hand.

On Saturday night, Leroy Brooks -- better known by his professional wrestling name, Sledge Hammer Spike -- will attempt to hold 18 pools balls in one hand.

Brooks’ first foray into billiard ball gripping came as a simple challenge after a pool game.

“We got done playing in our (pool) league one night, and one of my buddies said to me, ‘Sledge Hammer, how many of those balls could you put in your hand?’ And I says, ‘Oh f---, I don’t know, probably all of them,’ ” Brooks said Thursday.

Everyone at the bar gathered around the table, he got all 15 pool balls in his hand, and a friend added the cue ball on top to make an even 16.

Leroy Brooks -- better known by his professional wrestling name, Sledge Hammer Spike -- shows off his behemoth hands on Thursday at Locas Billiards in downtown Halifax.

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Leroy Brooks -- better known by his professional wrestling name, Sledge Hammer Spike -- shows off his behemoth hands on Thursday at Locas Billiards in downtown Halifax.

He repeated that feat Wednesday night at Locas Billiards in downtown Halifax, and someone noticed there was room for two more balls.

Saturday night at Locas at 7:30 p.m., he’ll attempt to stack on two more balls to make 18, which Brooks is fairly certain would constitute a world record.

He hasn’t been able to find a phone number for Guinness to find out for sure, but he had a friend do some cursory research.

She was unable to find any Guinness World Records related to the number of pool balls, though she found records for the number of carrots or potatoes held in one hand.

“You can’t go by that, because there’s all different sized potatoes. They could’ve been just little potatoes,” Brooks said.

“But pool balls are all one size.”

Metro’s own research turned up "records" for 12 and 15 pool balls, but no online documentation of 16 -- let alone 18 -- balls in one hand.

Brooks will also be breaking stacks of cinder blocks with his bare hands, showcasing how he got his nickname.

“My name is Sledge Hammer Spike. I used to be a professional wrestler. And I’m gonna use my sledgehammers to break these bricks.”

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