Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Committee

Chairperson, Vicki Winston
email Vicki

Members:
Barry Chapelle – OR
Ron Deckard – FL
Bob Dunn – MN
Joan Elmore – TN
Mark Seibold – IN/FL
Dave Loucks – CA
Gary Roberts – OH
Gerald Schneider – CA
Bonnie Seibold – IN
Stuart Sipma – ND
Jerry Smith – ID
Paul Stewart – NC
Ron Weiss – PA
Walter Ray Williams Jr. – FL

The Hall of Fame Committee consists of fifteen (15) voting members. Voting takes place early in the calendar year. The ballot is divided into two categories. Each committee member casts a maximum of 15 points in each category, using increments of 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point for a maximum of five different nominees. If they don’t wish to vote for as many as five nominees, they do not vote all of the points available. Committee members abstain from voting in categories where their own name or the name of a relative is listed on the ballot.

To be elected to the NHPA Hall of Fame, a nominee must receive 20% of the points that were voted in their category. If no candidate receives the necessary percentage of votes, there is no election in that category. If there is no election in a category for two consecutive years, the committee chairman will issue a second ballot for that category listing only the top 5 recipients of votes from the first ballot. The nominee receiving the most votes from the second ballot will be declared elected.

Nominations to the NHPA Hall of Fame may be made by an individual NHPA member or NHPA Sanctioned Club. Please use the Nomination Form that can be found on the Hall of Fame menu of this site. All nominees must have been active NHPA adult members for at least 10 years.

NOMINATION CATEGORIES ARE:

PLAYER – (a) A player who has won a World Championship at least 2 times, or (b) a player who has averaged at least 75% and/or finished in the top 5 of one or more W.T. Championship Division finals at least 4 times, or (c) a player who has pitched in at least 8 World Championship Division finals of any combination of divisions and averaged at least 70% for those events.

PROMOTER/ORGANIZER – A person who has administered, promoted and/or organized horseshoe pitching activities for at least 8 years for the benefit of NHPA members at the national or regional level.

HISTORIC ERA PLAYER – A person with similar qualifications as in the Player category and who last pitched in a W.T. Championship Division finals at least 35 years prior to the year of nomination.

All nominations will be reviewed by the HOF Screening Committee before candidates are placed on the ballot. Any nomination found not to be acceptable will be returned to the sender.

NHPA Hall of Fame Location

100 Bluestem Way
Wentzville, MO 63385

NHPA Hall of Fame Members

Members are selected each year and honored at the World Tournament. Selections are made in three different categories.

PLAYER:

  1. A player who has won a World Championship at least 2 times, or
  2. a player who has averaged at least 75% and/or finished in the top 5 of one or more W.T. Championship Division finals at least 4 times, or
  3. a player who has pitched in at least 8 World Championship Division finals of any combination of divisions and averaged at least 70% for those events.

PROMOTER/ORGANIZER: A person who has administered, promoted and/or organized horseshoe pitching activies for a t least 8 years for the benefit of NHPA members at the national or regional level.

HISTORIC ERA PLAYER – A person with similar qualifications as in the Player category and who last pitched in a W.T. Championship Division finals at least 35 years prior to the year of nomination.

Please Note: Click on members name to see photo and a brief bio.

*=Deceased

CHARTER MEMBERS:
1966
TED ALLEN, Boulder, CO
DELANO DEMPSTER (DD) COTTRELL, North Cohocton, NY
ARCHIE GREGSON, CA
RAY HOWARD. London, OH
FERNANDO ISAIS, Los Angeles, CA
FRANK JACKSON, Kellerton, IA
ARCH STOKES, Salt Lake City, UT

INDUCTEES:

1967
ELMER BELLER, Bellflower, California
PUTT MOSSMAN, Iowa & Missouri
GUY ZIMMERMAN, Iowa & California

1968
CHARLES DAVIS, Kansas City, Missouri
CASEY JONES, Waukesha, Wisconsin
HARRY WOODFIELD, Washington DC.

1969
CURT DAY, Frankfort, Indiana
ELMER HOHL, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada
BOB PENCE, Lafayette, Indiana

1970
F. ELLIS COBB, Aurora, Illinois
BLAIR NUNAMAKER, Cleveland, Ohio
VICKI CHAPELLE WINSTON, Oregon & Missouri

1971
FRED BRUST, Columbus, Ohio
JOHN GORDON, Los Angeles, California
MRS. C.A. LANHAM, Bloomington, Illinois
LELAND MORTENSON, Des Moines, Iowa
JIMMY RlSK, Indiana & Florida

1972
RALPH FORSSTROM, Springfield. Massachusetts
GEORGE MAY, Akron, Ohio
CARL STEINFELDT, Rochester, New York & Florida

1973
DALE DIXON, Des Moines, Iowa
RALPH DYKES, Lombard, Illinois
FRANK STINSON, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1974
LEO McGRATH, Cincinnati, Ohio
DEAN McLAUGHLIN, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
HAROLD RENO, Sabina, Ohio

1975
PAUL FOCHT, Dayton, Ohio
HENRY FRANKE, Centralia, Illinois
KATIE GREGSON, Crestline, California
RUTH HANGEN, Getzville, New York

1976
DALE CARSON, Baltimore, Maryland
SUE GILLESPIE, Indiana
DAN KUCHCINSKI, Portland, Indiana
BERT SNART, Manitoba, Canada

1977
CARL VON DER LANCKEN, Panama City, Florida
STAN MANKER, Lynchburg, Ohio
DON TITCOMB, San Jose, California
BOB WEST, Scappoose, Oregon

1978
GLEN HENTON, Maquoketa, Iowa
FRANK LUNDIN, New London, Iowa
JOHN MONASMITH, Yakima, Washington
OTTIE RENO, Pike County, Ohio

1979
LEE DAVIS, Florida & New Jersey
WILBUR KABEL, New Madison, Ohio
WALLY SHIPLEY, Newport Beach, California
LORRAINE THOMAS, Lockport, New York

1980
BERNARD HERFURTH, Springfield. Massachusetts
BEN LEIGHTON, Hibbing, Minnesota
RALPH MADDOX, Poca, West Virginia
RAY MARTIN, Philo, Illinois

1981
ARTHUR ADAMS, Canada
CLETUS CHAPELLE, Portland, Oregon
FLOYD TOOLE, Little Rock, Arkansas
AL ZADROGA, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania

1982
CAROLINE SCHULTZ DECKER, Ohio & Illinois
ART HEADLOUGH, Akron, Ohio
JOHN PAXTON, Ottumwa, Iowa
JIM WEEKS, Norwalk, California

1983
EMMA FOCHT, Dayton, Ohio
ESTHER JAMES, Hastings, Michigan
BYRON JASKULEK, New York City, New York
RAY MILLER, Springfield, Ohio

1984
JACK ADAMS, Saskatchewan, Canada
LEE JACOBS, Plymouth, Michigan
MARK SEIBOLD, Huntington, Indiana
WINNIE WINETROUT, Lummi Island, Washington

1985
ARTHUR HOLTER, Minneapolis, Minnesota
JAMES (POP) JOHNSON, Cincinnati, Ohio
HERB PINCH, Sharon, Pennsylvania
BONNIE SEIBOLD, Huntington, Indiana

1986
SOL BERMAN, Elizabeth, New Jersey
HENRY KNAUFT, Spokane, Washington
JOHN RADEMACHER, Plant City, Florida
DONNIE ROBERTS, Pike County, Ohio

1987
ED DOMEY, Sutton. Massachusetts
JOE DUBIE, Georgia
JIM KNISLEY, Bremen, Ohio
DON KOSO, Falls City, Nebraska

1988
WALTER RAY WILLIAMS Jr., Stockton, California
EARL WINSTON, LaMonte, Missouri

1989
MARION LANGE, Ankeny, Iowa
PHYLLIS NEGAARD, St Joseph, Minnesota

1990
MAYME FRANCISCO, Columbus, Ohio
LUCKY D. LONG, Bronson, Kansas
DEBORAH MICHAUD, Raynham, Massachusetts
MERLIN POTTS, Leonardsville, Kansas

1991
MILDRED BROUILLETTE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
JACK CLAVES, SL Louis, Missouri
HAROLD FALOR, Akron, Ohio
DAVE LOUCKS, Grass Valley, California
PAUL ROSE, Salt Lake City, Utah
L. E. TANNER, Anchor, Illinois

1992
HARVEY CLEAR, Santa Cruz, California
HAROLD CRAIG, Muncie, Indiana
BERT DURYEE, Wichita, Kansas
HARRY DUNCAN, Denver, Colorado
H.L. ERMATINGER, St. Petersburg, Florida
RAY OHMS, Salt Lake City, Utah
GLEN PORTT, Albany, Georgia
OPAL RENO, Elkins, Arkansas
MARINES TAMBOER, Wichita, Kansas

1993
BARRY CHAPELLE, Portland, Oregon
ART TYSON, Mt Vernon, New York

1994
HAROLD DARNOLD, Burlington, Iowa
TARI POWELL, Rossville, Illinois

1995
KEVIN CONE, Alta, Iowa
LOUIS DEAN, San Clemente, California
DALE LIPOVSKY, Apple Valley, Minnesota
VINCE YANNETTI, Bound Brook, New Jersey

1996
ALAN FRANCIS MO & , Defiance, Ohio
W.J. SEAS, Florida
LUCILLE HOPKINS, Ottumwa, Iowa
ANNA LINDQUIST, Morgantown, West Virginia
ROY W. SMITH, California
JACK SPRINGER, Statesville, North Carolina

1997
BOB CHAMPION, Boulder, Colorado
JAMES L. SOLOMON, Uniontown, Pennsylvania

1998
NONE

1999
DR. E. C. BEACH, Delaware, Ohio
ROLAND KRAFT, Lecompton, Kansas
WALTER RAY WILLIAMS SR., Ontario, California

2000
DEAN BROWN, Long Beach, California
JERRY SCHNEIDER, Anaheim, California

2001
NORMAN GASEAU, Clearwater, Florida
SANDY JANSSENS, Wallaceburg, Ontario
SUE SNYDER, Madisonville, Kentucky

2002
DIANE CANTIN, Alberta
BEVERLY NATHE, St Stephen, Minnesota

2003
BRIAN SIMMONS, Coventry, Rhode Island

2004
DICK HANSEN, Franksville, Wisconsin
GARY KLINE, Dayton, Ohio
SYLVIANNE MOISAN, L’Epiphanie, Quebec
PAUL STEWART, Statesville, North Carolina

2005
REINHARD BACKER, Salt Lake City, Utah
JESSE GONZALES, Los Osos, California

2006
RALPH “KELLY” SPENCER, Picher, Oklahoma

2007
CURT BESTFUL, Eau Claire, WI
TOM BROWNELL, Amsterdam, NY
DON WEAVER, Las Vegas, NV

2008
LEN LIPOVSKY, Apple Valley, MN
CURLY SEIBOLD, Huntington, IN

2009
FRANK BOHUN, Erie, PA
JOAN ELMORE, Mt Juliet, TN
JACK FREEMAN, Nashville, TN

2010
ED ARIONUS, Plufgerville, TX
CASEY SLUYS, Santa Rosa, CA

2011
JOSEPH FARON, New Melle, MO
AMY BROWN-FRANCIS, Defiance, OH

2012
WILL GULLICKSON, Moorhead, MN

2013
RON DECKARD, Dunedin, FL
GARY ROBERTS, Beaver,OH
STEVE SUMMERLIN, Webberville, MI

2014
GLEN JAMIESON, Pleasanton, CA

2015
HAROLD ANTHONY, OH
LORRAINE STERNBERG, Richfield, WI 
JIM WALTERS, Johnstown, OH

2016
BOB DUNN, MN
CLIVE WAHLIN, UT

2017
DENNIS OHMS, UT
DAN SANDERS, OH
RALPH SIMON, IA
HERSCHEL WALTERS, IN

NHPA Hall of Fame History

by Earl Winston
(first published in NEWSLINE)

It came to mind that a lot of horseshoe pitchers might be thinking that our Hall of Fame is almost as old an institution as the pitching of the annual World Tournament. Such is not the case, so I’d like to take this opportunity to give you a brief history of how the Hall of Fame was born and who some of the people are who have kept the committee functioning through the years.

The idea of establishing a Hall of Fame was discussed for several years and finally a committee was appointed to lay the groundwork, establish guidelines and bring their proposal to the NHPA Convention in 1965. The committee chairman was Carl Steinfeldt of New York. His committee members were Elmer Beller (CA), Leland Mortenson (IA), Marvin Chrisman and Bob Pence, both of Indiana.

In July 1965, the NHPA President, Harold Craig, commented that these gentlemen had come up with the finest set of suggestions and rules possible and their proposal would be brought before the delegates in August 1965. The delegates approved their proposal and the NHPA Hall of Fame was born.

That first Hall of Fame committee then asked the NHPA membership to provide some nominees to be considered as the Charter Members of the Hall of Fame and those people would be inducted in 1966. The nominees could include players or non-players, active or inactive, living or deceased. The committee would then select three players and three non-players for induction. I can’t find the records as to the election procedure used by this committee, but some early records indicate they may have used a voting system of 3 points, 2 points and 1 point, with the candidate getting the most points declared the winner. I can’t find that a candidate had to achieve a certain percentage of the total possible vote, as the current Hall of Fame Committee now requires.

Whatever system they used, that early committee did come up with three players as charter members, but when they counted votes for the non-players they had a tie for the last position, so decided to induct four non-players as Charter Members. The Charter Members in the player category were Ted Allen (Boulder, CO), Frank Jackson (Kellerton, IA) and Fernando Isais (Los Angeles, CA). The Charter Members in the non-player category were Archie Gregson (Crestline, CA), David Cottrell (Cohocton, NY), Ray Howard (London, OH) and Arch Stokes (Salt Lake City, UT). Ray Howard published Horseshoe World magazine for many years.

As some of the original Hall of Fame Committee were distinguished persons within our sport, some had been nominated and received votes from fellow committee members. It was felt that perhaps eligible candidates should not be serving on the Hall of Fame committee, so the committee was reorganized in 1967 and Marvin Chrisman was appointed chairman.

For three consecutive years two players and one non-player were induced, even though the committee continued to undergo changes in chairmanship. James Johnson (KY) and then Carl von der Lancken (NY) kept the committee functioning. It was under Carl’s leadership that the first women were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Vicki Winston was first in (in 1970) and then Laura Lanham of Illinois.

Elections continued with two or three individuals being inducted each year until an Old Timers category was added in 1975. This category has since undergone some revision. The numbers of persons serving on the Hall of Fame committee was increased from the first total of five to the present total of fifteen.

Following Carl von der Lankan as chairman was Bernard Herfurth (MA). Then came Ruth Hangen (NY), Barry Chapelle (OR) and now myself. With all the years of pitching history and the tens of thousands of players that have come and gone, there have been 122 inductions into our Hall of fam. Sixteen of these are women and a few of our inductees are from our neighboring nation to the north, Canada.

We continue to urge or membership to submit nominations of worthy individuals who should be recognized for what they have accomplished on the national or World Tournament level. (Outstanding individuals, who have been active only on a sate or local level, should be submitted to their own state Hall of Fame.)

To nominate a candidate, do some research and write up a history of their accomplishments in a form suitable for photocopying. Your nominee must have been an active adult NHPA member for at least ten years. Give reasons you think they are worthy of nomination and include outstanding pitching performances if applicable. If you have a photo available, send it along. The Hall of Fame Chairman communicates deadlines, and other specifics in the NHPA publication, Newsline and on horseshoepitching.com.