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1924 World Tournament (summer)
Minneapolis, Minn.
Sept. 17-21, 1924


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:

Once again the great state of Minnesota was to honor the N.H.P.A. by being host to the World Tournament. The membership of the Horseshoe Booster Club was so greatly numbered that there were 16 Committee Chairmen heading almost any conceivable category pertinent to conducting such an event. Minnesota could also rely on the experienced wisdom bank of Ben G. Leighton, former president of the N.H.P.A.

Ben was a creative genius whose ideas and innovations, far too numerous to mention here, were always ahead of the times. Mr. Leighton has done more for the sport of horseshoe pitching than any other man in the history of Minnesota. N.H.P.A. historian Robert Pence and myself feel the loss of early monthly horseshoe publications keeps Ben from being honored and recognized as the great man he was. As yet, Ben is not a member of the N.H.P.A. Hall of Fame. Perhaps when the World Tournament returns to Minnesota in 1981 this oversight will be corrected.

Prior to the tournament, Mrs. Lanhan and Frank Jackson had an exhibition match. Mrs. Lanhan won two of the three games. Mrs. Lanhan also defeated R. M. Ransdell in a match. Her exhibition successes may have triggered her request to pitch in the Men's Division, but this was refused. Remember, the women's distance is 30 feet while the men's is 40 feet; the equivalent of adding apples and oranges. Other exhibition matches were put on by Frank Jackson and his two sons, Hansford and Carroll. This helped spark considerable interest in the tournament itself.

For the first time in history, there would be amateur classes for men, women and boys. These new classes were jointly sanctioned by the N.H.P.A. and the A.A.U. (The A.A.U. is a fine organization, but is so diversified that horseshoe pitching takes a back seat in A.A.U. priorities.) The "P" in N.H.P.A. stands for Pitcher's, not Professional.

In a World Tournament, all classes below Class E receive trophies only. The same is true for all junior divisions which keeps a youngster from losing amateur status. The Minneapolis Tribune, besides excellent coverage, donated the championship medal for each class winner!

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 10:00 a.m. at Loring Park, the 1924 Summer World Tournament officially began. Doing the honors of opening game were Park Commissioner Harry B. Cramer and Superintendent of Parks Theordore Wirth in a match refereed by Burt L. Kingsley, County Commissioner and Deputy State Fire Marshal. There were 16 veterans in the field including state champions Reed and Ransdell, plus the terrific Iowa trio of Frank and Hansford Jackson, the father-son act, and Putt Mossman. Frank Campbell would prove to be the outstanding rookie of the field.

All feature matches were scheduled in the evening under lights for the benefit of the working family man. In a day-time match, Mossman established a new percentage record of 80.5 in his tussle with John Dahl. In the evening feature match between Mossman and Frank Jackson, several more World Tournament records were broken. In a titanic struggle, Putt squeezed by Frank 51-48. Putt had 26 doubles and 73 ringers; Frank had 24 doubles and 72 ringers, both erasing the old individual mark. The combined total of 145 ringers and 50 doubles was also a new record. Other records were Jackson's seven consecutive double ringers and the total of 14 four deads. First day leaders were Mossman (7-0), Hansford Jackson (5-0), and, bunched together with just one loss, C. Jackson, F. Jackson, Hoodjer and Campbell.

After Thursday action, the World Tournament had practically been reduced to an Iowa affair. The leaders were Mossman (16-0), H. Jackson (14-1), F. Jackson (13-2), and Campbell (11-3). After Friday action, only three men had not completed all their matches. The survivors were Putt (22-0), Hansford (20-1), and Frank (20-2). In a playoff game for fourth place, Billings defeated Campbell. Saturday, Hansford bowed out of the picture, losing to his father and Mossman.

Sunday, the five divisional championships were played. Why Sunday pitching was permitted after the 1923 rules change is unknown. The men and women's amateur results are unavailable. The professional Women's class winner will be reported in Volume II of this book which will reveal the tournaments of the Women, Boys, Girls, Senior and Intermediate Men's, and every other class division that has ever pitched in the World Tournament!

In the first ever Junior Boys Division in World Tournament history, Emmett Mossman met Frank Stinson of Minneapolis for the title. This was won by young Stinson. Frank later in life won the Senior (65 and over) Division and has made the top 100 list on his way to becoming a member of the N.H.P.A. Hall of Fame. The Boys Division would not have another tournament for over 20 years.

In the Men's Division, Putt Mossman easily beat Frank Jackson three straight games for his first World Championship. In the rainy weather, Putt averaged 62.0 percent while Frank tossed 42.1 percent. Frank's son Hansford finished third.

Putt Mossman, combining daredevil motorcycle stunts and horseshoe pitching tricks, is probably the greatest exhibition pitcher of all time. Maybe some day the special edition Lake Worth Herald newspaper reports will be released and the story of the winning Mossman years can be told; years when he absolutely dominated the sport of horseshoe pitching.


1924 World Tournament (summer) Minneapolis, Minn. Sept. 17-21, 1924
Summary
    W. L. R. SP. Pct.
1. Putt Mossman Eldora, Iowa 23 0 701 1130 .620
2. Frank Jackson Kellerton, Iowa 21 2 622 1008 .617
3. Hansford Jackson Kellerton, Iowa 20 3 723 1220 .593
4. Floyd Billings Waukesha, Wis. 18 5 533 1200 .444
5. Frank Campbell Waukee, Iowa 18 5 591 1341 .441
6. R. M. Ransdell Minneapolis, Minn. 17 6 594 1318 .451
7. Arthur Cumming Minneapolis, Minn. 15 8 634 1296 .489
8. Fred Hay Minneapolis, Minn. 15 8 560 1270 .441
9. Carroll Jackson Kellerton, Iowa 15 8 571 1170 .488
10. C. Hoodjer Wellsburg, Iowa 14 9 558 1298 .430
11. Alber Dalseide Wanamingo, Minn. 14 9 495 1274 .389
12. T. C. Reed McKeesport, Pa. 11 12 541 1328 .407
13. John Dahl Minneapolis, Minn. 10 13 538 1276 .422
14. Alex Cumming Minneapolis, Minn. 10 13 495 1222 .405
15. Otto Bahr Eldora, Iowa 9 14 500 1424 .351
16. Seymore Johnson Madison, Wis. 9 14 439 1342 .327
17. Fred Hooper Pandora, Iowa 8 15 492 1348 .365
18. Tom Fogarty Des Moines, Iowa 7 16 433 1212 .357
19. Ed B. Steindorg Stillwater, Minn. 6 17 405 1221 .332
20. Fred Qualley Deerfield, Wis. 6 17 369 1186 .311
21. Oscar Peterson Evansville, Wis. 5 18 418 1232 .339
22. Max Krause Stillwater, Minn. 2 21 311 892 .365
23. J. E. Joyce St. Paul, Minn. 2 21 256 738 .349
24. A. J. Clifton Minneapolis, Minn. 1 22 229 702 .326
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  Totals 276 276 12008 28648 .419
As the tournament was planned, the two highest were to play best
three out of five 50-point games for the world's championship. These
games resulted as follows, played under very unfavorable conditions in
rainy weather.
    W. L. R. SP. Pct.
Putt Mossman Eldora, Iowa 3 0 103 166 .620
Frank Jackson Kellerton, Iowa 0 3 70 166 .421