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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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gation snickered. The closing prayer came. The congregation hurried back to watch the game.
Since 1934 the Iowa championship has also been decided at the State Fair. Zimmerman won in 1934, 1936, 1937 and 1939; John Garvey, of Boone, in 1935, and Lyle Brown, in 1938.
     In 1939, Dale Dixon, of Des Moines, personally interested eight Des Moines business firms to pay the expenses of an industrial league tournament in which there were six men on each team. It was a success and is to be continued in 1940.
     The State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, after its collapse in 1927, was re-organized in 1936, but it did not become affiliated with the National Association. In 1938, Byron Stoney, of Cedar Rapids, replaced Lyle Brown, of Des Moines, as president, and it joined the National, and that year held a tournament at the Cedar Rapids Fair which was won by John Paxton, Fairfield. It was a state-wide tournament, but was not for the state championship.
     Some of Iowa's best horseshoe pitchers not already mentioned have been Elzie Ray, of Shenandoah, who once beat Frank Jackson 50-0; John McCoy, of Des Moines, Bill Garvey, of Boone, and Russell Sheetz, of Cedar Rapids.
     During the past 20 years, the only prominent pitchers of the nation who have not competed at the state fair have been Blair Nunamaker, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Harvey Elmerson, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since 1935 the Mid-West National has had as its visitors many non-pitching prominents such as Gordon, Lattore and Levagood of Michigan, and Tanner of Illinois.
     In closing, it may be said that the Mid-West National is different in the type of pitchers competing than were the state meets of the twenties. Then the contestants were mostly farmers the Mid-West National has less farmers among the players, and has had such others as Professor Carl von der Lancken, of Columbia University, New York; Jimmy O'Shea, a Massachusetts penitentiary guard; Eddie Packham, a California aeronautical engineer; Sam Somerhalder, of Guide Rock, Neb., a high school football coach; and Dean Brown, who made his living by pulling Zeppelins to earth; just to mention a few. In addition there is a noticeable difference in the ages of the best pitchers. In the twenties, Mossman was one of a few youths in a field of forty to fifty much older men, while today, if a man past 40 years of age gets into the finals it is a surprise.

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