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HORSESHOE PITCHING ---- HOW TO PLAY THE GAME      9

     In 1928 the meet was held August 28 and 29, and Walter Shackleton, of Walton, a six foot four inch youth, 16 years old, won the first prize of $50 and the championship gold medal.
     Nearly 40 counties sent men who each pitched 50 shoes and the 16 men making the highest number of points each pitched each other one 25-point game. The six men winning the most games then pitched a round robin to decide the championship and who should receive the six highest cash prizes. Shackleton made an average percentage of .403 ringers in the preliminaries and .434 in the finals. Only two of the seven prize winners were over 21 years of age. The fourth prize winner, Simeon Daugherty, Scottsvivlle, was only 15 years old.
     The officers of the New York State Horseshoe Pitchers Association are:
     President, Frank E. Torpy, 205 Almeda St., Rochester; First Vice President Frank Hart, Landing Road, Brighton; Second Vice President, J, O. Welcher, 513 Mason St., Newark; Third Vice President, Don P. Blaine, Orid, N. Y.; Secretary, Corwin W. Kindig, Maplewood Branch Y. M. C. A., Rochester ; Treasurer, Frank J. Niven, 103 Main St., W. Rochester.
     There are horseshoe pitching clubs in Dansville, Gloversville, Penn Yan, Rochester, Syracuse, Sherrill and in many other cities and villages At Midland Beach on Staten Island, is a, very enthusiastic club, of which Victor Larsen, an advertising man, whose office is in the Woolworth Building, New York City, is one of the leading spirits.
     In the eastern part of the state the Northeastern New York Horseshoe League has been organized. The officers of which are: President, Stanley E. Drumm, 703 Becker St, Schenectady; Secretary-Treasurer, Albert Holzhauer, 37 Main St., So. Glens Falls; Director, W. W. Manning, Physical Director Y. M. C. A., Gloversville. This league has been very active in conducting local meetings and tournaments between the cities where the different officers live, and its members are a live bunch of horseshoe fans.
     Quite a good many of the local and county fairs of the state hold horseshoe pitching tournaments each year, and the horseshoe game is the one great sport at picnics.

OREGON
     At the Gresham County Fair the State Tournament was held August 6 and 7, 1927. W. H. Hayden again won the state championship from a field of 40 entrants.
     W. H. Hayden, former champion, was tied for first place with Kenneth Klopfestein and Henry McGrew. Klopfestein and McGrew pitched off to decide who should play Hayden for the championship. Klopfestein won. In playing best two out of three games for the championship, Hayden won the first two games retaining his championship honors and winning first prize of $50. The Fair Board had offered $200 in prizes for the tournament. This was really the first real representative State Tournament held by the Oregon State Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
     The names of the state association officers are: President, Major M. N. Repp 5010 63rd S. E Portland; First Vice President, J. F. Nathman, Woodburn; Second Vice President, H. C. Cook, 1745 Franklin Blvd., Eugene; Secretary-Treasurer, R. L. Eldredge, 1156 E. Alder St., Portland.
     As far as the writer knows the only women's club for horseshoe pitching is located in Portland. It is called the Portland Women's Horseshoe Pitching Association. Its livewire president is Mrs. Frances T. Chandler, 1294 Union Ave. N. The club has a very practical and interesting meeting regularly each week, generally in one of the city parks, where they pitch horseshooes. They play round robin tournaments and once a year hold a tournament to decide the club championship. Sometime they play with the men's clubs, and frequently win

PENNSYLVANIA
     Horseshoe pitching has been a popular sport in this state for years, especially in the western section. Mr. John M. Robinson, of Uniontown was one of the pioneers of the game and became one of the best pitchers in the state. Mr. David E. Bane, an attorney, also of Uniontown, was at one time treasurer of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
     The game is very popular around Grove City, where Mervin George, who was the first state champion, resides. He won his honors at the first state tournament August 27, 1927.
     There is a horseshoe club also at Houston. At New Castle, E. O. Raney, 610 County Line St., is the secretary of the local club.
     Oil City has a very strong and enthusiastic club and some high-class pitchers. Chas. Gerrish, 8 Hoffman Ave., is the efficient secretary of the club, and