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he averaged 70.4 per cent. Mahoney was hot and averaged 81 per cent. William Hamann, then New York state champion, was the next to feel the sting of the New Jersey champ. Mahoney shot 78% to win three out of five games. Hamann's average was 74 per cent. Hamann, however, avenged his defeat in a match sponsored, by the Englewood Club by winning three straight games.
     New Jersey, while it was not one of the first states to take up horseshoe pitching, certainly has come a long way in the short space of a few years. We might mention in passing that in 1933 Joe Puglise won the state championship with an average of only 36 per cent, while in 1938 Mahoney pitched 73.5 per cent to win the state title.
     Before signing off we feel it is imperative to mention some of the men in the promotional field, without which horseshoes would still be a "back-yard" sport. These men may never have heard the plaudits of the crowds for their pitching ability, but for their efforts to promote the game so that others can enjoy their chosen sport under the best possible conditions we believe they deserve equal credit with the most talented pitchers. We mention D. Eric Brown, of Camden; W. E. Santoro, of Newark; Paul Puglise, of Paterson; George MacNeil, of Absecon; Reynold Santoro, of Perth Amboy; Lee Davis and Albert Anderson, of Englewood; Benjamin Murphy, Thomas Ellis, Otto Peters, Clare Hume and Claude Hart of Jersey City, and a host of others.
Signed,
CLAUDE E. HART, Secretary-Treasurer
New Jersey Horseshoe Pitchers Asso.


ILLINOIS
     Organized horseshoe pitching in Illinois found its inception at a big open tournament held at Fairbury on Labor Day, 1925. This tournament was won by Frank Jackson, with Walter Torbert second, and Gaylord Peterson third. A meeting at this tournament resulted in the formation of The State Horseshoe Pitchers' Association of Illinois, Inc.
     Every year since then, Illinois has held a yearly, sanctioned state tournament. Walter Torbert, of Clinton, was the first state champion, winning the title in 1926 from a field of 130. This meet was also held at Fairbury. In 1927 the meet was held at the State Fair in Springfield, and again Walter Torbert came through against a field of 150. In both of these tournaments Torbert did not lose a game. The promising career of this young pitcher was ended in the

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