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The 1951 World Horseshoe Tournament
By Bob Dunn, NHPA Historian

This issue, we will revisit a World Tournament from over 50 years ago. To most readers there may not be great interest in reading the names that few of us remember, but that is not the significance of this 1951 event. A whole book could be written on this tournament alone - I will spare you and try to simply highlight what this tournament means to present-day members.

Back in the day, pitchers qualified on site to earn their way into the championship competition. There was no pre-registration, no listing of ringer averages, and believe it or not, no Class B, Class O or Class Z. A player traveled hundreds of miles on the chance that he would pitch potential in the qualifying, score among the top 36 players to gain seeding into the Championship Class, or simply have to turn right around and go back home. So for all those NHPA members that have participated in recent World Tournaments, there has been tremendous change to the tournament format that enables any pitcher who wishes, at any skill level, to simply register and be scheduled to participate in the showcase event of our sport. Anyone who has felt the need to voice complaint or argue about how the current World Tournament is conducted should really take a good look at how it used to be and then re-think their position.

The first article reprinted from the February 1951 issue of THE HORSESHOE PITCHER announces that the 1951 event will include a Class B. This was a beginning to the format the NHPA presents today. It is mind boggling that it took over three decades to include more classes than the Champion Class. But this tournament didn't stop there, a Junior Boys Championship was also held. Why should this be big news, there are Junior divisions every year? Not so. In 1951, the first Junior Boys championship was held since 1924. That's a span of 27 years. In fact, just one Junior championship was held prior to 1951, that being the 1924 event. No Junior Girls competition was held in 1951, or previously; the first event was still 16 years in the future. No Junior Girls World Championship was held until 1967. Today's World Tournaments are looking better all the time!

The winner of the Junior Boy's Champion is also a significant piece of information. The 1951, as well as 1952 and 1953, Junior Boy's World Champion was none other than our recently retiring NHPA President, Dave Loucks.

The results article is reprinted as it appeared in September issue of THE HORSESHOE PITCHER.

THE 1951 WORLD TOURNAMENT
First an editorial comment by editor and NHPA Vice President Byron Jaskulek...

EDITORIAL

Have attended every world's championship since 1946. Each year there appeared a glaring injustice to dozens of prospective pitchers who in some instances traveled thousands of miles to try to qualify as an entrant, only to fall short of a few points that caused their traveling and expense to be for naught. This gave rise to much bitterness. Now, thanks to your officers and particularly our First Vice President, Arch Stokes, this situation will not occur this year. There will be a "B" tournament. Due to this fact, I am sure we can look forward to many more entries than we ever had before. And there will be also a teen-age tournament and Ladies tournament.

The dates for the tournament have also been changed so as to enable a man to use only two weeks instead of the three weeks it usually took to cover the one-week of play. An expression of thanks is due our officers and the good folks of Murray who have made these plans for our enjoyment. And there will be eighteen scoring devices, made by Mr. E.O. Beller, which were purchased by the same good folks of Murray who are furnishing the prize money of $5,000.00. All this should tend to really place horseshoes on the map of Sports.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE (NHPA)

It is now possible for you to begin to make plans to attend the national tournament. The date has been tentatively set from August 8 to 14. Beginning the tournament in the middle of the week will give the eastern pitchers an opportunity to travel and play in the tournament without taking more than two weeks of their vacation time. And in addition, a day of rest during the tournament will be provided, as we will not play Sunday, August 12.

Tentative plans include a more varied program for this year. We would like to have a tournament for teenagers, women, Class B and Class A groups, so that there will be a greater opportunity for participation. It seems a shame that many good players have traveled thousands of miles to come to the tournament and failed to qualified and have been eliminated from play because we have no B tournament. A teenager tournament is a necessity if we are going to encourage more young people to enter the game. There is a great need to encourage youth if we wish to continue to increase our activities in the game in the years to come.

Naturally I am looking forward to seeing all of you at Murray for our biggest and best horseshoe tournament.

LOUIS DEAN

1951 WORLD TOURNAMENT
MURRAY, UTAH - August 8-14, 1951

  						Qual   W  L   	R    	Sp   	Pct
 1. Fernando Isais	Los Angeles, Cal. 	D.C.	35  0	2233	2604	85.7
 2. Ted Allen		Boulder, Colo.		519	33  2	2102	2644	83.2	
 3. Marines Tambor	Wichita, Kansas		509	29  6	2123	2790	76.0  
 4. Edie Packham	Los Angeles, Cal.	515	25 10	2035	2710	75.0 
 5. John Lindmeir	Broadview, Ill.		493	25 10	2067	2760	74.8 
 6. Casey Jones		Waukesha, Wis.		524	23 12	2063	2656	77.6
 7. Ray Gatewood	Lennox, Cal.		486	23 12	2132	2766	77.0 
 8. Dean Brown		South Gate, Cal.	508	23 12	2160	2826	76.1
 9. Louis Dean		Pomona, Cal.		499	23 12	1928	2662	72.4
10. Dale Dixon		Des Moines, Iowa	490	22 13	1909	2602	73.3        
11. Ellis Cobb		Aurora, Illinois	486	22 13	1971	2706	72.8
12. Stan DeLeary	Phoenix, Ariz.		497	22 13	2051	2828	72.5
13. John Monasmith	Yakima, Wash		497	21 14	1980	2722	72.7
14. Merel Palmer	Cheyenne, Why.		389	20 15	2038	2826	72.1
15. Roland Kraft	Lawrence, Kan.		481	20 15	2087	2742	76.1
16. Dean Mclaughlin	Ontario, Canada		458	20 15	2106	2866	73.4
17. Glenn Anderson	Moline, Ill.		496	20 15	2038	2828	72.0
18. Tommy Bartlin	Milwaukee, Wis.		524	20 15	1945	2740	70.9 
19. Alvin Gandy		Topeka, Kansas		495	18 17	2024	2800	72.2
20. Cletus Chapelle	Portland, Ore.		488	18 17	1938	2770	69.9 
21. Harold Shaw		What Cheer, Iowa	497	17 18	1797	2548	70.5
22. Ervin Hosier	South Gate, Cal.	486	17 18	1881	2681	70.1
23. Lowell Gray		San Gabriel, Cal.	472	16 19	2065	2864	72.1
24. Frank Stinson	Minneapolis, Minn	487	14 21	1998	2848	72.1
25. Richard Allen	Boulder, Colo.		464	13 22	1688	2470	68.3 
26. Henry Knauft	Spokane, Wash.		476	13 22	1817	2664	68.2
27. Ron Cherrier	Northfield, Minn	463	12 23	1742	2556	68.1
28. John Paxton		Ottumwa, Iowa		458	11 24	1778	2636	67.4
29. Ray Ohms		Salt Lake City,Utah	472	10 25	1843	2674	68.9
30. Gerald L'Abbe	Englewood, Cal.		485	10 25	1753	2600	67.4
31. Lewis Getchell	Tacoma, Wash.		473	10 25	1750	2594	67.4
32. Paul Mori		San Franciso,Cal.	468	10 25	1666	2516	66.2
33. Cherry Bennett	Kaysville, Utah		462	9 26	1583	2446	64.6
34. Eugene Patrick	Poppenish, Wash.	467	2 33	1347	2236	60.2
35. Lindza Greenlee	Springfield, Ill	473	2 33	1312	2204	59.5
36. William Hill	San Francisco,Cal	479	1 34	1003	1902	52.7

CLASS B HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT
						Qual    W  L   	R   	Sp   	Pct
 1. Roy Getchell	Tigard, Oregon		455	21  2	983	1448	67.8
 2. John Elkin		Stella, Mo.		458	19  4	964	1460	66.0
 3. Alvin Dahlene	Lawrence, Kan.		446	18  5	993	1434	67.9
 4. Harold Darnold	Burlington, Iowa	436	18  5  1032 	1518	67.9 
 5. Arner Lindquist	Morganton W. Va.	425	17  6 	934	1522	61.4 
 6. George Callas	San Francisco,Cal	446	16  7	949	1534	61.2 
 7. Alen Van Iten	Green Bay, Wis.		401	15  8	970	1578	61.5  
 8. George Hook		Ontario, Calif.		439	15  8	900	1538	58.5
 9. Hugh Rogers		Cedar Fall, Iowa	416	14  9	822	1458	56.4
10. Ralph Dykes		Chicago, Illinois	431	13 10	929	1502	61.8
11. Harry Page		Waterloo, Iowa		397	13 10	899	1526	58.9
12. Earl Winston	LaMonte, Mo		442	12 11	861	1492	57.7
13. Marion Lange	Bondurant, Iowa		427	12 11	824	1476	55.8
14. Marvel Bean		Patterson, Iowa		420	11 12	717	1396	58.5
15. Nelson Vogel	Manito, Illinois	445	11 12	717	1396	58.5
16. Louis Larson	Mankato, Minn		439	10 13	772	1444	53.4
17. Leonard Millspaugh,Portland, Ore		418	10 13	790	1550	50.9
18. C.V. Palm		Cheyenne, Why		396	6 17	672	1412	49.0
19. Ralph Phipps	Portland, Ore		406	6 17	680	1412	48.2
20. A.M. Eames		Pomona Park, Fla	398	5 18	681	1432	47.1
21. Hubert Galpin	Salt Lake Cty, Utah	404	5 18	658	1354	48.6
22. Archie Gregson	Crestine, Calif		422	3 20	689	1424	48.4 
23. W.D. Hubbard	Baker, Mont		359	3 20	571	1336	42.6
24. Jesse D. Edwards, Portland, Ore		354	3 20	535	1292	41.4

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN'S HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT
						W  L    R    	Sp	Pct
1. Sarah Byers		Portland, Ore		7  0	166	374	44.3
2. Pat Deleary		Phoenix, Ariz		5  2	157	380	41.3
3. Anna Lindquist	Morgantown, W. Va	5  2	193	404	47.7
4. Katie Gregson	Crestline, Calif	4  3	165	400	41.2
5. Rosa Froyen		San Francisco, Cal	4  3	165	480	34.3
6. Viola Hilton		Murray, Utah		2  5	89	436	20.4
7. Daisy Winston	Portland, Ore 		1  6	74	412	17.9
8. Mary Lou Lindmeir	Broadway, Ill		0  7	63	342	18.4

	WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP JUNIOR HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT
                                     	 	W  L   R	Sp	Pct
 1. Dave Loucks	San Francisco, Calif		15  0	162	338	47.9  
 2. Sharon Hilton	Murray, Utah		14  1	157	396	39.6
 3. Gordon Larson	Murray, Utah		11  4	118	502	23.5
 4. Jim Healey		Murray, Utah		11  4	120	460	26.0
 5. John Benvegnu	Murray, Utah		11  4	109	534	20.2
 6. Jerry McCleary	Midvale, Utah		10  5	136	524	25.9
 7. Larry Edmondson	Union, Utah		9  6	97	498	19.4
 8. Howard Larson	Murray, Utah 		9  6	80	490	16.3
 9. Harold Paxton	Ottumwa, Iowa		8  7	103	510	20.1
10. Gene Merrill	Murray, Utah		6  9	84	520	15.4
11. Larry Birch		Murray, Utah		5 10	59	446	13.2
12. Carl Benvegnu	Murray, Utah		5 10	60	554	10.8
13. Jack Merrill	Murray, Utah		3 12	25	428	5.8
14. Gary Brown		South Gate, Calif	Withdrew
15. Garr Lundquist	Murray, Utah		Withdrew
16. D. Gile		Murray, Utah		Withdrew
Folklore Jottings by Bob Dunn
What a trivia question. The NHPA Hall of Fame had not yet been formed in 1951. The Hall of Fame did not begin until 1965. How many of the players in Class B were eventually inducted into the NHPA Hall of Fame.

Add to that, Bryon Jaskulek, who was the editor of THE HORSESHOE PITCHER, and also served as 1st Vice President, is also a member of the NHPA Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1979.

Have you made a contribution to the NHPF in 2009? If not, here is your reminder.

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