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HORSESHOE PITCHING ---- HOW TO PLAY THE GAME      15

self and the state, is the recognized State Champion. He holds the record with Putt Mossman, of pitching- the greatest game of horseshoes ever pitched in a National Tournament. This game is described elsewhere in this book.
     MAINE-There are few if any regularly organized horseshoe clubs, although the game is played at some summer resorts through-out the state. The State Fair at Lewistown has held state horseshoe tournaments and winners of these meets have been considered State Champions.
     MARYLAND-At Frederick there is quite an interest in the game. Chas. N. Pearce, 140 Patrick, being the leading spirit. No state tournaments have been held as far as the writer knows.
     MASSACHUSETTS-Mr. H. L. Perkins, 134 Catherine St., Springfield, is one of the Honorary Vice Presidents of the National Association, and has been the leading spirit in organizing the game and holding meets and tournaments. His daughter, Miss Doris Perkins, is one of the best woman pitchers in the United States and won second honors at the World's Championship Tournament for Women at the Rochester (N. Y.) Exposition, beginning on Labor Day, 1928. Mr. Perkins has also assisted greatly in popularizing the sport in the other New England States where he and his daughter have conducted tournaments and pitched exhibition games at state and county fairs and other places. There are clubs at Springfield, Greenfield, Holyoke, North Deighton, North Attleboro, Westfield, Woronoco, Russell and at other places, especially where there are big industrial plants. There is no state association.
     MINNESOTA-There have been two National Tournaments held in this state-one at Minneapolis, Sept. 17 to 21, 1914, and the other at Duluth, August 8 to 15, 1927. For a number of years a state tournament has been held at the State Fair. Mr. Alex Cumming, 893 22nd Ave. S. E. Minneapolis, is First Vice President of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association and has given a great deal of time and put forth much effort in behalf of the game in his state and also in attending and assisting in nearly all of the National Conventions and Tournaments for the past number of years. He has had a great deal to do with writing the National Constitution and By-Laws and in forming the policies of the National Association. His wife has played in a number of Women's National Tournaments and his son, Art Cumming, has been a strong contender for World's Championship honors in a number of National meets. Mr. Otto Swanstrom, President of the Diamond Calk Horseshoe Co., Duluth, has been a strong booster for the game not only in his state, but nationally. It was through his influence and backing that the National Tournament was held at Duluth in August, 1927. Mr. R. L. Shrewsbury, Wyzetta, also has been an efficient worker in the interest of the game. There are clubs in Duluth, Minneapolis, Red Wing, Red Lake Falls, Hibbing and other places in the state.
     MISSOURI-There is a horseshoe club in Kansas City, Mo., that has a number of good courts in one of the city parks. I. A. Cummings, 621 Grand Ave., is the president. In St. Louis, Gus Klemme, connected with the St. Louis Globe, Democrat, and Secretary of the Municipal Horseshoe Pitchers League, is the moving spirit of the game in the city. The league which was organized in 1916, has courts in Fairground Park. The Flint team of the league set a ringer record for the season of 1928 by averaging a total ringer percentage of .414 and is the only team that has made better than 40 per cent total average in ringer record for a season. A. Michel, also of the Flint team, holds the one game ringer record, having tossed 25 ringers out of 36 shoes or a percentage of .694. Mr. James Putman, Mokane. who was champion of the M. K. T. R. R. System and entered the National Tournament at St. Petersburg, Fla., February, 1928, to represent that System. There is considerable horseshoe pitching in different cities and towns in the state but no state as-sociation. At Independence, there are a number of especially enthusiastic players. One of the bowling establishments has under consideration building some indoor horseshoe courts in St. Louis for winter pitching. In its issue of Sept. 30, 1928, the St. Louis Globe-