We have had several sibling combinations competing at World Tournaments. It might be difficult to say who is best, but one could count the number of world titles. At least, we can say the very first notable sister act would have been the Schultz sisters.

The NHPA had some gaps in the hosting of women's competition. If not for that, these two ladies of the sport would certainly have bigger numbers for titles and games won. Records show that Caroline won the women's title in 1933 and 1934. Except for 1935, there is no women's title for the next 14 years, not again until 1949. What is amazing is that in winning the 1933 championship, Caroline became the first women to pitch a 70% tournament, averaging 73.5%. That performance was nearly 20 points better than the previous record of 54.5%. In 1934, Caroline began the first women to average 80%, by pitching 81.3%. That record stood for over 30 years, until Sue Gillespie pitched 81.1% in 1964. Also amazing, is that Charlotte Schultz was runner-up in 1933 and 1934, losing only two games, both to her sister, and averaged 67.4% ringer over the two events. That average is higher than any women's championship performance until 1964. Certainly, in their era, the Schultz sisters were the best there was.

Caroline's skills and achievements were recognized in her induction to the NHPA Hall of Fame in 1982.

Here is an interesting article from the 1942 August-September issue of Horseshoe World which mentions the whole Schultz family.


The Cincinnati (Ohio) Post recently carried a feature story with pictures of Caroline and Charlotte Schultz, whom many will remember from past national tournament days.

The story, written for the Post by Norine Freeman, is reprinted here:

The world’s champion horseshoe pitcher is a woman. Her sister is runner-up for the championship and both are in Cincinnati this summer.

In fact, three of the Schultz sisters are here. Caroline id the world's champion horseshoe pitcher, Charlotte is runner-up, and Helene is their manager. They live at 3557 Rosedale Place, Avondale.

They started on the way to championships when they were youngsters in grade school, in Blue Island, Ill., near Chicago. Their father, John W. Schultz, was the best horseshoe pitcher in that vicinity and he taught the children, his daughters said in an interview Friday.

"It was after we moved to Harvey, Ill., that Caroline won the world’s championship," said Helen. “She won it first in Chicago, at the World's Fair of 1933, and has defended her title since and held it.”

Caroline's record is 98 ringers out of 100 shoes and Charlotte's is 96. ”One of the first things another horseshoe pitcher will ask is ’What’s your turn?’” the manager-sister explained, "Caroline’s is one and a quarter. That means that the shoe makes a one and one quarter turns in the air before it rings the stake."

The champ does stunts with horseshoes too. She can set up matches in front of the stake, light them with the first horseshoe pitched and put them out with the second.

Sometimes Charlotte lies down on the ground in front of the stake and Caroline pitches without being able to see the stake, but she rings the stake as well as if it were in plain sight.

Charlotte said she was under the care of a physician when she was a child, but that horseshoe pitching built up her strength so that she is as husky as her sisters.

"It is a good all-around exercise," said Caroline

They will be featured at the Cincinnati Club’s annual outing Tuesday at Summit Hills Country Club.

There are 10 children in the Schultz family nearly all of whom have special talents. Helen left a good catering business, she said to accompany the girls on tour, which she hopes will take them to Hollywood, but they will spend much of this summer in Cincinnati. Her cakes have graced the table of some of Chicago’s most elaborate banquets. She made one cake crowned with miniature merry-go-rounds which really whirled around, yet every part of it was edible.

Caroline’s twin brother, Charles, just gave up his orchestra in Chicago to join the Army Air Corps, the girls said and he visited them here last week-end before going to camp. Another brother, Herbie, took over the orchestra, (which he sold out to Charles) and Gus, another brother, and his wife both play in the orchestra.

Frances, a younger sister, is a singer and dancer, and Charlotte sometimes leaves her horseshoe pitching to sing and dance wit Frances for a few weeks on tour. She returned last week from one such tour, which began February 2.