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ED DOMEY



This article about a very young Ed Domey was found in the November 1949 issue of THE HORSESHORSE PITCHER. Ed, a NHPA Hall of Fame member, was the managing force of the NHPA Game Related Sales for decades. The overall value of Ed's contributions for the good of our sport may not be known by most members, but during Ed’s years of administration, thousands of dollars were made available for the NHPA to make major purchases, such as the portable courts used in our World Tournaments and the computer equipment used during the World Tournaments.

Here is the article announcing Ed as a 15-year-old and his pitching skills. The pictures of a younger Ed are from the local newspaper back in 1949.

MASSACHUESETTS
15-YEAR-OLD WORCESTER BOY SAYS "RINGERS ARE A CINCH"

In Worcester, there's a 15-year-old lad who can pitch horseshoes so well that getting ringers is the rule rather than the exception.

He's Edward Domey, of 547 Cambridge Street, and the skill with which he can throw horseshoes qualifies him as one of the best pitchers in this area.

For instance, in an exhibition match held this spring in Worcester, Domey made 22 consecutive ringers with an ease that amazed onlookers. His practice record for 1949 shows that for 50 shoes pitched he got 42 ringers and for 100 shoes he got 73 ringers.

For the past two years he has tied for first place in the Worcester County Horseshoe Pitching Championship and in the Worcester City Horseshoe League he set a record this year by getting 21 ringers out of 30 throws – two separate times – to set a record for the league.

How does he do it? Ed smiles and says that it's a combination of practice, more practice, more practice – and luck.

This youth, who pays his horseshoe pitching traveling expenses out of the money he makes on his Sunday Telegram newspaper route, threw his first horseshoe when he was nine years old. He was so small he had to walk halfway down the court to throw the horseshoe the rest of the distance. He kept on throwing them and now practices an hour a day.

He first entered into competition play when he unexpectedly defeated his two older brothers one afternoon – a considerable feat since both brothers are expert horseshoe pitchers.

As Ed practices, he sometimes tries trick horseshoe pitching such as throwing blindfolded or by pitching over a wooden barrier that hides the stake from his view. When he pitches this way he averages about 50% ringers.

Most of his pitching and practicing is done in the back yard of his home. He has built three regulation horseshoe pitching courts and has equipped them with lights for night games. Ed would like to make horseshoe pitching a career and plans to enter the World Championship Tournament when he feels that he is ready. He knows that horseshoe pitching looks easier than it is, and says that the best way to find out how much fun and pleasure can be gotten out of this ancient sport is to grab a horseshoe yourself and see how many ringers you can get.