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

     In the tournament held at St. Petersburg in February, 1927, Davis again won the World's Championship in the finals. He pitched the best horse shoes of which there is any record in any national tournament. His record is 29 games won, 4 lost, 1610 points, 1383 ringers, 468 double ringers, 1998 shoes pitched with a percentage of .692 and only 819 points against him by his opponents. In this record he stands ahead of all competitors in all points of the game. The only competitors who had the honor of winning from him in the finals were Risk, two games, Mossman one game, and Nunamaker one game.
     August 8 to 15, 1927, in a World's Championship Tournament held at Duluth, Minn., Davis successfully defended his title against a field of 34 other contestants among whom were Putt Mossman and Frank Jackson, former World Champions.
     For the fifth time, and the third consecutive time, Davis won the World's Championship in the tournament held in St. Petersburg, Fla., February 20 to March 1, 1928. Here he faced the greatest competition he was ever in in any tournament, and came out victor with a record of horseshoe pitching that never before has been equalled in any such series of games.
     In this tournament he won 59 out of 62 50-point games, making an average of 41.2 ringers per game. Duryee won one game from Davis in the preliminaries, and also won in the finals. The only other player having the honor of winning from him was one game in the finals by Nunamaker.
     In the preliminaries, Davis' record was 28 games won, one lost, 1441 points. 1053 ringers, 343 double ringers, 1596 shoes pitched, 558 points made against him by opponents, and a percentage of .660 ringers.
     In his 33 games in the finals, Davis won all but two, making 1618 points, 1500 ringers, 526 double ringers, pitched 2138 shoes with only 983 points made against him by opponents. His percentage of ringers was .702, which had never before been equalled in such a series of games.
     The competition in the finals was composed of the best twelve players ever brought together for a tournament, for the total average percentage of ringers for the twelve men was .607.
In the September, 1926, issue of the American Magazine a prize contest was conducted (letters limited to seven hundred words) under the general title "My Favorite Game and What It Has Meant to Me."
     First prize in this contest was won by M. M. W. with a letter on horseshoe pitching. The following is a verbatim copy of the letter:
Pitching Horseshoes Makes Me Forget My Meal Time
     I have played not a little at golf and some at baseball, bowling, and tennis, but as a medical man I believe there is no better exercise, especially for the middle-aged or elderly, than pitching horseshoes. Many indoor workers take a few bending exercises once or twice daily as health measure. Consider, then, the greater degree of massage of the abdominal muscles and organs attained by pitching a few games of horseshoes in the open; providing, of course, that you do not allow anyone to pick up your shoes for you and that you do your own twisting and walking.
     It requires as much skill to throw a perfect open shoe, landing it around a one inch stake, forty feet distant, as it does to hit a perfect golf shot and more skill than to knock down pins in a bowling alley.
     The game of horseshoes is always convenient. Anyone with a yard can indulge in the splendid and fascinating exercise on short notice and in a limited time, when he cannot take time to drive eighteen holes of golf after he gets there.
     Pitching horseshoes keeps my weight within reasonable limits, gives me a good appetite and normal digestion and sleep. It dispels my brain-fag and chases gloom away. But my wife complains that when I am engaged in this sport I never think of coming into dinner.
-M.M.W.