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put Brown into third place, but this can be discounted. Brown led 49-48 and threw a ringer and a close shoe. Lundin topped with a double which should have won the game, but his second ringer hopped away, giving Brown the point he needed.
     Frank Jackson lost two games to Lundin and to his second oldest son, Hansford. If Hansford had lost to his father then there would have been a tie between Jackson and Lundin for the championship. This single instance is pretty good proof that the Jacksons didn't practice game-throwing to much extent, if any.
     It may be stated that by this time National rules about the same as those of today were in use.
     An Iowa Horseshoe Pitchers Association was organized that year and Dr. J. H. Becker, of Des Moines, was elected secretary and treasurer. Becker held his association together until 1927, when he withdrew. However, Becker never called for any more conventions, but collected dues. The money was used for tournament prizes. This was not a case of dishonesty but simply a matter of keeping oneself at the head of an organization by not calling a meeting. The other officers were not interested enough to argue with Becker about the matter.
     Lundin and Jackson went to Florida early in 1923, where a 15-year-old boy from Ohio, Harold Falor, copped Lundin's title. Lundin's friends say that this tournament was a joke, that sand was placed around the stake instead of clay; that Falor had practiced for a month to slide his shoe to the stake which he learned quite well, and that the other pitchers threw their ringers directly on, only to have them bounce off. I don't know whether this is true or not. However, most Iowans don't remember Lundin lost his title. They think he retired undefeated except for the game they think he threw to Brown.
     In 1923 the State Fair held a state tournament with Lundin easily defending his title and again trouncing Frank Jackson. This was the last tournament play for Lundin.
     Why did Lundin retire from horseshoes? The answer is that he lost the fine touch of one of his finger nerves. He is not a cripple today, but just simply can't regulate the turn of the shoe.
     A popular fable about Lundin is that he never injured a nerve, but that some gamblers bought him off for a period of years, that he pitches about 100 per cent ringers in secret daily practice, and that he will be back at the fair when his time expires. Believe it or not, I have heard that tale over 200 times from different sources in the past ten years.
     The only significance of this fable is that Lundin is No. 1 in the hearts and memories of the older Iowa fans.

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