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WESTERN STATES HORSESHOE PITCHERS’ JOURNAL



The last issue of this series talked about the start of the Pacific Coast Horseshoe Pitchers Journal. That organization began in 1931. By June 1932, the Journal still existed but the name had changed to "The Western States Horseshoe Pitchers' Journal." The same editors, M.C. Athey and L.E. Athey, were in place. Not all the issues are in the file, so no explanation for the name change can be offered.

The article selected for this issue is an interesting summary of a mail in tournament. Some pitchers have been identified in the article, all Western States pitchers that is...

SAYRE TOSSES 94% RINGERS

Get busy, you tossers and join the fun. In the May Journal we started what we termed a "pitching by mail" contest and promised to publish the best scores sent to us each month. Do you remember the rules? Here they are. Each entrant pitches 100 shoes as many times as he wishes during the first week of each month. He takes the best 100-pitch score and sends it in to the Journal for comparison with other scores. There must be one or two witnesses to the score and if it is over 80% ringers it must be signed by a notary public.

And have we been getting results? The editor is positively popeyed from reading the marvelous scores sent in to the Journal! Tacoma’s champ, Floyd Sayre, was playing in world-beating fashion when he registered 94 % ringers and 44 doubles ringers out of 100 shoes pitched! This equals Jimmy Lecky, champion of Arizona. Sayre's score was made June 9, 1932, and came to us fully signed and sealed by a notary.

Those of you who have tried to beat that old bugaboo, percentage on the 100-shoe pitch know that iron nerves are required to turn in a performance like Sayre’s. Here's how he did it: He started out with 10 doubles in a row, followed by a ringer and point, then 5 more doubles, draped themselves around the peg, next came a ringer and a point, 6 more doubles, ringer and point, 2 doubles, 1 ringer, 11 doubles, ringer and a point, 2 doubles, ringer and point, and the last 16 shoes looped the stake without a miss for 8 more doubles. Congratulations, Floyd!

Joe Francisco of Portland chalked up 82 ringers and 31 double ringers in a 100-shoe toss during the first week of June. That’s hitting the old style with clock-like precision, too, if you should ask. Frisco's score was witnessed by Cliff Esberg, president of the Portland Club, and LeRoy Bryant, state secretary, in addition to many spectators.

H.A. Long of Tacoma had his shoes in performing in great style, also. He threw 74 ringers and 24 doubles out of 100 shoes.

Evidently the idea of a pitching-by-mail competition has already been in force in other parts of the United States. D.J. Cowden of Adair, Iowa, who signs himself secretary of the mail-game-league of the United States, sent us a list of the best scores registered with him. We are printing them below. He gives Jimmy Lecky credit for 92 ringers and 42 doubles, whereas in other reports Jimmy is credited with a record of 94 ringers. Will someone who knows send us Jimmy’s authentic record?

Combining Cowden's report with those sent in to the Journal this month, we have the following 25 high scores for sharpshooters to beat, Get busy, everyone.

				Pts.	 R.    	DR.
	F.W. Sayre		287	94	44
	James Lecky		285	92	42
	S.N. Pullen		275	80	32
	Vyrl Jackson		271	81	36
	Putt Mossman		270	86	36
	Guy Uhlig		264	82	33
	Joe Francisco		264	82	31
	Milo De Woodly		258	81	33
	H.E. Jackson		258	80	32
	M. Lemke		254	80	32
	Hobart Davis		251	76	27
	Ferd Drey		249	76	27
	Leonard Uhlig		249	75	26	
	Perry Smith		242	76	27
	H.A. Long		245	74	24
	O.W. Anderson		240	72	26
	W.E. Christensen	240	72	26
	Harvery Elmerson	236	72	23
	William Curts		234	71	26
	Morris Pansolt		234	73	21
	Clyde Caudel		234	68	21
	Harold Smith		228	71	26
	Ray Ashcroft		228	71	26
	Miss Doris Perkins 	227	69	25

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Take good note of some of the other names on this listing. Mossman- looks awful familiar. The name that is most amazing to me is O.W. Anderson. Anderson is credited with the formation of the Grand League of American Horseshoe Pitcher's in 1914. This organization held the first world tournaments that were won by Frank Jackson. Obviously, he was an accomplished pitcher also. And then, two of Frank’s sons are also listed in this mail-in-tournament. Guy Ulig was a three-time Nebraska state champion, 1927, 1928, 1930. Harvey Elmerson was a nine-time Wisconsin state champion and was runner-up in the 1935 World Tournament. William Curts was the South Dakota state champion in 1929. Sayre was referred to as the Tacoma champion; he actually was the Washington state champion in 1925, 1926, 1927, 1931 and 1932. Ray Ashcroft was the Washington state champion in 1929 and 1930.