F. ELLIS COBB, Aurora, Illinois
Promoter/Organizer: Ellis Cobb earned a firm place in history by his outstanding contribution to the game as editor of the Horseshoe Pitcher's News Digest. He began producing the Digest in 1956, and growth in membership can be attributed to the publication. He remained editor of the digest for 32 years, through 1988. Ellis was presented a lifetime NHPA membership, the Presidential Award in 1987 and the Stokes Memorial Award in 1962. A fitting touch as it was Arch Stokes while serving as NHPA President, summons Ellis to become the new editor upon the death of Byron Jaskulek, Horseshoe Pitcher editor.
Ellis served as Illinois Association as secretary for over 30 years and had many other efforts in service to the sport. He posed a model for several companies in their making of pitcher figurines for horseshoe pitching trophies, Instrumental in getting Championship Horseshoe series on NBC television in the Chicago area in 1956.
Not known for his pitching skills, Ellis was an accomplished pitcher: he won the Northern Illinois Championship in 1966, Aurora City Championship in 1966 and averaged 76.5% in the Cornbelt Open in 1970. Ellis Cobb passed away June 15, 1994 at age 84.