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

HOW TO PITCH HORSESHOES

     We will let four former World's Champion Horse Shoe Pitchers tell you how they pitch horseshoes, and give the advice which each believes, by consistent practice, will make any one proficient in the game.
     Geo. May, Akron, Ohio, who won the title of World's Champion for the first time at the Winter National Tournament, at St. Petersburg, Florida, Feb. 23 to 28, 1920, without losing: a game, although he played against 24 competitors. He won the same title the sec-ond time at the National Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. September 19 to 23, 1923 from 49 competitors, where he made in the finals 60 per cent ringers in pitching 750 shoes.
     Mr. May says: It isn't luck that makes a good horseshoe pitcher. The old adage that a horseshoe is a lucky omen applies only to the kind that are rusty and full of nails.
     I became champion, in this sport, popularly known as barn-yard golf, by hard work and almost constant practice, just as champions in other sports have to do. That is why 1 say that there is no more luck in pitching horseshoes than in pitching baseballs, and there is more science in it than in playing billiards.
     A lot of folks think there is no fun in tossing ringers or trying to, but the barn-yard golf kind is just as fascinating and interesting as the kind Walter Hagen and Jim Barnes play. In the past the game of horseshoe pitching has been sort of looked down upon from a social standpoint, but it is becoming more popular every day. Personally, I take as much pride in being champion barn-yard golfer as any of the big aces of sports do in their triumphs.
     To appreciate the sport you have to know the science or finer points of it. Two stakes in the ground, 40 feet apart, a pair of horseshoes weighing not more than 2 pounds each, 7 inches wide, 7 inches long with an opening between the heel calks of not more than 3 inches, make the layout.

Tips on Ringers
     Here are a few pointers I have learned to observe that will help beginners and veterans alike. Never tell your friends how good you are or how easily you have defeated an opponent, show them how. Do not look at your opponent's shoes as it is the opposite stake you are trying to ring. Keep control over your muscles and take it easy. Learn first to throw the open shoe so that it can land right into the stake. Be careful in calculating the turn of your shoe, timing it like a baseball pitcher does the break on his curve.

Hooking, Them On
     And then of course try to make every shoe a ringer, and if you practice as conscientiously as you do in other sports, most of the curved steel will float up to the peg and hook on. Don't ever get the idea in your head that because you are handling horseshoes you're going to be a lucky pitcher. It takes practice, that's all. You'll be surprised how excited you become over either a friendly or match game of this barn-yard golf. Try it.

Throwing the Shoes
     Stand far enough away from the stake so that the shoe will pass directly over the stake in your swing.
     Don't pitch cross-fire unless it comes more natural-it's harder.
     Never make a downward or swooping movement in. delivering the shoe.
     Practice gaining control and range with the shoe like a baseball pitcher does with the ball.
     The shoe should sail between 6 and 10 feet above the ground en- route to the opposite stake.

Holding- the Shoe
     Take the shoe in the right hand unless you happen to be a southpaw. Place the first joint of forefinger near the end and top