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HISTORY OF PAST WORLD TOURNAMENTS
     While many complete records of past world tournaments are in, the files of the National Association, it is believed that page after page of figures would not be as interesting as a running story, and this idea is the excuse for not publishing more com-plete figures. If the general public wishes more figures, however, they will be published in later books.
     On October 23, 1915, a world championship meet was held at Kansas City, and was played under the rules of the Grand League of the American Horseshoe Pitchers' Association. Stakes were 38½ feet apart and three-quarters of an inch in diameter. Ringers counted five and leaners counted three. Games were for 21 points. This tournament was won by Frank Jackson who won 24 games and lost only one.
     The next tournament of which we have any record was held in St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 22-26, 1919. Stakes were 40 feet apart, eight inches high, and had a one- inch lean. Games were for 21 points. Eighteen players entered, and played a triple round-robin. Fred M. Brust, of Columbus, Ohio, easily outclassed the field, winning 53 games and losing only one. Dr. F. M. Robinson, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., was second with 47 wins and seven losses. At the close of this tournament, with representatives from 25 states, there was formed the National League of Horseshoe and Quoits Pitchers.
     Tournaments now began to come regularly, and at St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 23-28, 1920, another meet was held. The winner of this tournament was George May, of Akron. Ohio, who sailed through 24 opponents without suffering a defeat. Games were for 50 points. Joe Wilkinson, of Akron, was runner-up.
     The first modern world tourney held in the North came in the same year when at Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 8-14, was held the next meet. George May, the defending champion, slipped down to eighth place as Frank Jackson, then of Kellerton, Ia., came through to win. No records of the games won and lost appear in the files. Charles Bobbitt, of Lancaster, Ohio, was second. The first woman's tournament was held in connection, and with only two entries, the champion became Miss Marjorie Voorhies, of Asbury Park, N. J.
     In the Mid-Winter Tournament held Feb. 21-27, 1921, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Charles Bobbitt became world title holder. The meet was held in Williams Park, and there is no record of the games won and lost, or the shoes pitched. Bobbitt scored 1,040 points in 21 games, so he must have won 20 and lost one. He threw 439 ringers, an average of 21 per game, so it is deduced


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