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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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     As far as the writer has been able to learn this is the beginning of trying to control the open shoe in pitching which art is now known in a more or less degree by every good pitcher.
     In the fall of 1910 the horseshoe courts were moved to Williams Park. The Sunshine Pleasure club had been organized in 1909, having among its members the devotees of horseshoe pitching, roque, checkers, and dominoes. All the members, representing the other games, except horseshoe pitching have now withdrawn and formed other clubs representative of each sport. The Sunshine Pleasure club is believed to be the the largest and oldest horseshoe pitching club In existence. It has 13 clay courts with concrete for the pitchers' box except in the clay area and the space between the pegs paved. It also has about 25 sandy loam courts. All but two of the National Tournaments held in the south have been played on their courts. The first officers were Samuel Clement, of Pennsylvania, president, who is now '88 years old and may be found pitching quoits practically every day. E. J. Betts, of Ohio, vice president: C. M. Hite, of Ohio, treasurer, and O. T. Battles, of Ohio, secretary.
     Through the efforts of the members of the Sunshine Pleasure club on Feb. 26, 1919, the National League of Horseshoe and Quoit Pitchers was organized at the National Tournament In St. Petersburg with representatives from 29 different states. Harry G. Haynes, Akron, Ohio, and Dr. E. C. Beach, St. Petersburg, Fla., were especially active in perfecting its organization which was given a charter under the laws of the State of Ohio, June 27, 1921.
     On May 10, 1921, The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of the United States was also incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio with headquarters at Akron, Ohio. A year or two later these two national organizations were consolidated under the name of the latter.
     At the National Convention at Lake Worth, Florida, February 26, 1925, the name was changed to The National Horseshoe Pitchers association of America, which is now the only governing body of the sport in this country. . .
     The present rules of the game and all the records that are available of the National Tournaments that have been held are printed elsewhere in this book. The interest in the sport is rapidly growing and clubs are being formed in many localities which are either affiliating directly with the National Association or forming State Associations which are affiliating with the National. It is estimated that there are some two million horseshoe pitchers in this country. The official organ of the National Association is the Horseshoe World, published monthly by R. B. Howard, London, Ohio, at $1.00 per year and contains a mass of matter interesting to every lover of the sport and should be taken by every horseshoe fan.



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