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1921 WORLD TOURNAMENT
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - SEPT. 7-10, 1921

Permission granted by author, Gary T. Kline of
"The Official N.H.P.A. History of the World Tournament 1909-1980", Reflection Press, Dayton, Ohio
Gary T. Kline's book on past world tournament (before 1980) is recommended reading for any horseshoe pitching enthusiast. With his kind permission, we bring excerpts from his fabulous collection of data, to wit:

1921 World Tournament
(Summer)

It is a great pleasure to even be able to present this tournament. Those of us alive with a historical inclination feared this event was forever lost. In an early, great, out of print book entitled Horseshoe Pitching - How to Play The Game (1929) the historian D. D. Cottrell, told of his longing for an account of this year.

Historian Raymond B. Howard, creator of the magazine Horseshoe World, never knew of it. Roy W. Smith, author of Science At The Stake, never saw the account but was correct on the dates as was Lee (Rose) Jacobs, author of the 1939 Horseshoe Compendium. Historian Leland Mortenson and Ottie W. Reno, author of the book Pitching Championship Horseshoes, never saw the final standings. Current historian Robert Pence found it but lost it again.

Now that we have found it, let us never lose it again. The results were made possible by Alicia Wiener of the Minnesota Historical Society by the loan of microfilm to me.

This particular summer, everyone knew there would be a great tournament with young 13-year-old Fred Hay, undefeated Minnesota State Champion, entered along with Missouri State Champion Tom Meagher, 17 years old and winner over Frank Jackson in an exhibition match prior to the event. Also entered were veterans William Witt, D. W. Wilkerson and O. W. Anderson and newcomer Ralph Spencer. Also present were 1919 World Champion Fred Brust and 1920 World Champion George May.

On opening day, Tournament Director Art L. Headlough had the pleasure of featuring a match between Frank Jackson and May, Jackson winning 50-48. Both men pitched 32 ringers breaking the old Minnesota record of 31 shared by Alex Cumming and John Dahl.

In the preliminaries, Jackson and Tommy Meagher both went 14-0. Fred Hay went 13-1, losing only to Jackson 50-32 after the nervous youngster squandered an early 14-1 lead. The other big match of the day saw Hughie Palmer lose to Oscar Nelson 50-44 in a playoff for the last spot in the 16 man finals.

Frank Jackson threw 391 ringers, 110 doubles in extending his winning streak to 29 games and regain his crown. Meagher lost but one game while pitching 356 ringers. and 82 doubles to finish second.

Off the courts, the biggest event was the merger of the National League and National Association.

On a sad note Hughie Palmer, affectionately known by his Ohio con-temporaries as the "Grandfather of Horseshoes", had graced the courts of the World Tournament for the final time.


1921 WORLD TOURNAMENT MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - SEPT. 7-10, 1921
MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
FINALS W. L.
1. FRANK JACKSON KELLERTON, IOWA 15 0
2. TOMMY MEAGHER KANSAS CITY, MO. 14 1
3. GEORGE MAY AKRON, OHIO 13 2
4. WILLIAM WITT AKRON, OHIO 12 3
5. FRED HAY MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. 11 4
6. RALPH SPENCER PICHER, OKLA. 10 5
7. CHRIS ERICSON ALCASTER, S. DAK. 9 6
8. FRED BRUST COLUMBUS, OHIO 8 7
9. DENNIS W. WILKERSON DINUBA, CAL. 7 8
10. O. W. ANDERSON KANSAS CITY, KAN. 6 9
11. OSCAR A. NELSON BRAINERD, MINN. 5 10
12. VERNER ERICSON ALCASTER, S. DAK. 4 11
13. EDWIN WERNER INDIANAPOLIS, IND. 3 12
14. JACK ERWIN KANSAS CITY, MO. 2 13
15. H. VANDYKE SIOUX CITY, IOWA 1 14
16. RAY STEINDORF STILLWATER, MINN. 0 15
The following gentlemen were listed as probable entrants but it is unknown if they participated.
E. Scaifa Minneapolis, Minn.
Albert G. Salvey Duluth, Minn.
Edward Steindorf Stillwater, Minn.
L. J. Lee Austin, Minn.
J. B. Hayes Austin, Minn.
C. M. Connor Minneapolis, Minn.
Max Krause Stillwater, Minn.
Charles Bobbitt Lancaster, Ohio
L. O. Kelston Brainerd, Minn.
John Dahl Minneapolis, Minn.
C. H. Howe Sioux City, Iowa
M. E. Buckley Chicago, Ill.
E. R. Plagman Pomroy, Iowa
Jack Kitchen Sioux City, Iowa
J. C. Morrison Sioux City, Iowa
David E. Bane Uniontown, Pa.
Sam Smith Colfax, Ill.
W. B. Henline Colfax, Ill.
Joe Manahan Rochester, Minn.
C. M. Jordan Rochester, Minn.
J. F. Madden Rochester, Minn.
W. H. Gordy Rochester, Minn.
Fred Fisher Duluth, Minn.
Ben Gunther Minneapolis, Minn.
A. G. Anderson St. Paul, Minn.
J. F. Montague Minneapolis, Minn.
Hans Dhais Superior, Wis.
Ray Lundgren Superior, Wis.
Jim Hopkins Superior, Wis.
Amos Hagsdon Superior, Wis.