Players who have achieved #1 but never finished #1
Racquetball history has seen primarily dominance by one or two players over
the span of their careers. Hogan, Yellen, Swain, Monchik, Waselenchuk. However,
several top-level players reached #1 during their careers but could not
overcome the reigns of Racquetball's elite players.
Nov 2018: Alejandro Landa ascends to the #1 ranking as points expired and Kane's early 2018 absence starts to take its toll
on his overall ranking points.
2018: Daniel De La Rosa gets the #1 seed in the March 2018 San Antonio event when #1 and #2 Kane & Rocky miss the event.
2014: Alvaro Beltran also achieved a #1 seed in a tournament during a brief spell where he had overtaken Carson for #2
and Waselenchuk was absent from injury. This happened at the Nov 2014 St. Louis event. He lost in the final to Carson.
2010: Ben Croft seeded #1 in a tournament by virtue of Waselenchuk skipping it due to injury. Croft wasn't actaully
ranked #1 at the time but it was the first time someone was seeded #1 who had never achieved the rank of #1.
Early 90s, Sept 93, Nov 1995: Andy Roberts; was seeded 1st/reached #1 in rankings fall 1995 for sure (#1 seed in Milwaukee)
Early 90s: Tim Doyle? (claim made, not sure if I can confirm). Ellis is pretty sure it happened at least once, perhaps more.
Riverside 1990: Inoue briefly overtook Ray for #1 on tour
Mid 80s, most of 86-87, nearly the entire 87-88 season: Brett Harnett; #1 seed at CityFed Grand Nationals, won by Ruben to seal his title.
1985: Gregg Peck was #1 seed at the Tulsa event won by Cliff Swain. #1 and #2 Hogan and Yellen were absent.
1982: Jerry Hilecher
Pre 1982, there was no official "tour" and records were not known to be kept of
the current unofficial "rankings" at a particular time on tour.