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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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out of five games. The two finalists will meet in a four-out-of seven series.
     The two losers in the second round of the finals will meet in a three-out-of-five series for third place. The four losers in the first round of the finals shall meet in a two-out-of-three series with the fifth meeting the eighth, etc. The two winners in these series then play another two-out-of-three for fifth place, while the two losers play one game for seventh.
     All ties for positions in the preliminaries and the round-robin shall be decided in the most efficient manner, procedure to be determined by the tournament manager.
     It can easily be seen that the spectator interest will be gradually raised as the tournament goes through its different phases. At first there will be a scramble among all the players simply to get into the first 30 places. The topnotchers will easily make it, and it will be no more than a warm-up to them. Then the battle narrows down to a race to get into the first eight places, and several good pitchers will be crowded out here. Subsequently, the race is reduced to four, and then to two, and finally the interest reaches its height as these two final pitchers square off for the final series.
     This entire system has been used in the Michigan State Tournament for the past four years, and has been praised by all pitchers who have participated in it. .Under this system, a topnotch player does not lose his chance for the title because some poorer player who has no right to do so gets a hot streak and upsets him in a game, and a poorer player who gets through the round-robin with several lucky wins must hold his place on merit in the finals. Furthermore, the fans who have come to see the meet like to see the good ones play each other, and like to see records made, and will have more chance to see all this when two top-notch pitchers playa three-out-of-five series than when they just meet in a single game.
     A tournament manager should come to a tournament completely prepared to conduct it in the most efficient manner. He should, of course, be perfectly familiar with the plan under which the meet is to be run, and he should have his schedules ready. If he knows in advance just how many pitchers will be in the round-robin, he should prepare individual schedules for each player, listing his games and the courts on which he will play them, and all he has to do then is hand out the numbers and the corresponding schedule.
     After a sufficient number of score keepers have been lined up, the manager will instruct them as to the proper way to keep the scores, and then he will call all of the players together and

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