Today we have constant reminders that we are at war with terrorism. Our military is at many combat fronts around the world. Our young are serving to protect us and our way of life. The media presents daily reminders of the risk and dangers facing our troop and give reason to support our troops.

In decades past, when the U.S. was involved in WW II, many of our sport notables also served their country. Here is how the 1942 NHPA Horseshoe World presented their stories.

First a story on the great Jimmy Risk.


(From the Columbus Dispatch) Priorities and metal shortages to the contrary, the good old game of horseshoe pitching won't be stifled by the present war.

That's the opinion of Jimmy Risk, nationally known trick and fancy horseshoe pitcher and star of countless rodeos, who has temporarily shelved 'barnyard golf pitching for the army.

A year ago Jimmy was starring in rodeos and sportsmen's shows, performing such seemingly impossible stunts as throwing a ringer while pitching over a blanket, tossing a ringer around a cigarette without knocking it over, knocking a coin off the stake without touching the stake, and other spectacular feats.

But now his is in the army. Stationed at Fort Hayes, Private Risk is on duty at the present time at the general depot in East Columbus, working on a telephone installation detail.

A native of Montpelier, Ind., Risk was a former 'boy wonder' in the world of horseshoe pitching. He's been pitching the iron ovals since he was a youngster in knee pants, and has done exhibition work since that time. Here's some of his trick and fancy shots: Throwing a ringer that strikes a match on the stack; pitching ringers through a man's legs; ringing cigars and cigarettes without knocking the smoke over; pitching ringers while blindfolded; pitching successful ringers on moving stakes; pitching ringers through barrel hoops and other stunts equally as difficult.

Here's some of the records that he has made while appearing at exhibitions: Making 291 points with 100 shoes; pitching 96 ringers with 100 shoes, marking 46 doubles with 100 shoes; throwing 49 ringers out of 50 shoes; throwing 45 consecutive doubles and 112 ringers in a 50 point game.

He's 32 years old and was inducted last fall. Stationed with the signal corps at Fort Monmouth, N.J., he was released because of his age last September. However, on Jan 27 the army took him back and now he's in for the duration. He is married.

Private Risk still has his horseshoes with him, in spite of the fact that's working for Uncle Sam, and he has found many chances to get into games since his induction - not that he has been able to dig up any tough opposition. But he is actively touting horseshoe pitching as "the ideal sport" in that it's cheap, it's great exercise, and because "fifty million farmers can't be wrong".

And then a story on the greatest pitcher to never win a world title...


(Great Lakes, ILL.) On of the world's champion horseshoe pitchers has decided to throw ringers at the Axis for the duration by enlisting in the Navy. He is Charles L. Jones, 24, son of Mr. And Mrs. Edward Jones, 505 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, Wis., who is undergoing recruit training at the U.S. Naval Training Station here.

Jones has been Wisconsin state champion for the past seven years. He won the national Olympic championship in Chicago in 1938, placed second in the national tournament at Des Moines, IA., generally regarded as the world's championship meet, in 1940 and was third in 1939 and 1941. He has won every state tourney he entered and was boy's champion from 1931 to 1935. He has been pitching for 13 years.

Some of the tricks which he has displayed before audiences in theatres throughout the country include knocking ashes off a cigar in a man's mouth, throwing a ringer over a blanket and lighting matches by pitching a horseshoe. His best record is 98 ringers out of 100 attempts.

Jones entered tournaments under the name of Casey Jones. He attended Waukesha high school and worked in a foundry before enlisting in the Navy. He is in Company 1836 here. He has a brother, Keith, 30, in the Army glider forces.

And finally, about the "great one".


Ted Allen, who held the spotlight for so many years as world's champion horseshoe pitcher, is in the Army now. He was inducted December 7 and on December 20, wrote the Horseshoe World giving his address, which we hope hasn't been changed - so write him there.

His address is Private Joseph "Ted" Allen, No. 37-339-346, Co. E, 106 Bn., M.R.T.C., U.S.A., Camp Robinson, Ark..

Ted was planning to give an exhibition for the boys and we presume he has been in demand. He and his wife gave an exhibition at that camp while appearing with a rodeo a good while ago. While there he jokingly told Alvin Gandy, former Kansas state champ, who was at the camp, "I'll be seeing you soon," little knowing he would be seeing him soon - and in uniform.

That old lucky 13 is still following Ted. He drew 13 twice in the national tournament and won. He asked for it another year and won. There were 13 in his induction class chosen to train at Camp Robinson and they were lucky enough to be assigned to first class Pullman train service to one of the finest training centers in the land. When he arrived they started to put him and five of his Boulder, Colo., buddies in Hut No. 13, but it was full.


From the Horseshoe Traders
By Bob Dunn
Sooner than we think, the 2006 World Tournament will be in full motion. The Horseshoe Traders booth will be set up for the entire first week of the tournament. For those interested, I will be in attendance with my full antique horseshoe display. The display is even longer than shown at Eau Claire, 10 feet longer. If you want some of your old shoes identified, bring them in! If you have shoes to be donated to our NHPA display in the new Hall of Fame museum, bring them in also. See you in July!