1927 World Tournament
Duluth, Minn. - Aug. 8-15, 1927

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:

1927 World Tournament (Summer)

Fourteen veterans headed the field in the 1927 Summer Tournament. This included such greats as World Champion C. C. Davis; Frank, Hansford, and Carroll Jackson; Risk; Duryee; Cumming; Mossman and Yocum, all members of the All Time 100 Victory List.

Others with past experience included Dahl, Johnson, Ransdell, Qualley and Shrewsbury. Noted newcomers were Hilst, Collier, Freel, Reese, Vyril Jackson, Tate, and Harvey Elmerson, who beat Davis in five exhibition matches. Other notables included Frank Stinson, 1924 Junior World Champion, just beginning his illustrious career; Lee (Rose) Jacobs, later N.H.P.A. Secretary and author of the 1939 classic Horseshoe Compendium, and Sidney Plott in his only championship appearance. (Sidney Plott will be remembered for his unique contribution to the history of the game. Of the five known copies to exist of Horseshoe Pitching - How To Play The Game, 1929 edition by D. D. Cottrell, Plott donated his copy in later years to Earl Winston. This prevented that time period from being forever lost and forgotten! Without that donation, this book could not have lived up to its potential. On behalf of the historically minded, thank you Sidney Plott.) Now let us continue with 1927.

Mayor S. F. Snively, after a brief address, tossed the first shoe at Leif Erickson Park to get the tournament underway. D. D. Cottrell, ably assisted by past N.H.P.A. President Ben G. Leighton and Minnesota Secretary F. H. Marvin, joined in the festivities. Fighting heavy winds from Lake Superior, 13 men still managed to top 50 percent for the day. First day leaders were Davis (7-0), Collier (7-0), Frank Jackson (70) and Risk (6-0). One step behind were Putt Mossman, Hansford Jackson, Licht and Johnson, all knotted at 6-1. Davis threw 85.7 in a win over Milton Tate. Duryee lost to Risk and Hansford Jackson even though averaging 64.4 percent, the high for the day. On day two in a colossal upset, Lee Rose bested Putt Mossman with ease, 50-30, pitching over 60 percent ringers! Davis took over the percentage lead at 61.1, but lost twice; first to Duryee and then to Frank Jackson. Risk also went down to the "Grand Old Man" 50-30. Hansford Jackson went down to Hilst 50-45 in another thriller. The leaders were now Frank Jackson (18-0), Risk (18-1), Davis (17-2), Hilst (17-2), Hansford Jackson (17-2) and Carroll Jackson (16-2).

The third day saw Jackson (25-1) lose to his son Vyril. Other leaders were Hansford Jackson (23-4), Risk (22-4), Hilst (22-4), Putt Mossman (22-4), and Davis (21-4). With five defeats were Duryee and Collier each having 21 wins and Carroll Jackson with 20 wins. With only one afternoon to go before the finals, 11 pitchers had 20 or more wins with 12 other pitchers in double figures! An interesting match was Risk dominating Davis 50-13. A crucial match was the playoff for twelfth position between Harry Reese and Vyril Jackson. Reese won two straight, 50-13 and 50-31.

The first day of finals found Davis 10-1, holding his opponents to 208 points while averaging 68.0 percent. Holding down second was Bert Duryee with a 9-2 record and an average of 64.8 percent. Frank Jackson was 8-3 while tossing 65.0 percent. Jimmy Risk stood 7-4, averaging 52.8 percent. The shocking disappointment was Putt Mossman, (2-9), tied for last place, pitching only 51.3 percent.

In the second day of the finals, Davis won all 11, now pitching a 68.8 percentage. Jackson remained in contention, losing just one game to be 18-4 and 65.5 percent. Duryee dropped five to be 15-7 and barely alive. Risk lost seven to be 11-11 and out of it. Carroll Jackson won seven to be 11-11 while Mossman won seven to be 9-13.

The final day saw Freel, Duryee and Frank Jackson each go 8-3 to maintain their positions. Davis went 9-2 to retain the World Championship, defying those who believed he could not do it again. Otto Swanston, the President of the Diamond Calk Horseshoe Company, through his backing and influence was responsible for this tournament being held in Duluth.

1927 World Tournament Duluth, Minn. - Aug. 8-15, 1927
W.L.R.Sp. Pet.
1.Frank JacksonLamoni, Iowa33111071754.631
2.C. C. DavisColumbus, Ohio30410681712.624
3.James RiskMontpelier, Ind.29510871922.566
4.Bert DuryeeWichita, Kansas28610531790.588
5.Hansford JacksonChicago, Ill.28610942100.521
6.George J. HilstGreen Valley, Ill.27710651982.537
7.Carroll JacksonChicago, Ill.26810161894.536
8.Art CummingMinneapolis, Minn.26810612052.517
9.Putt MossmanEldora, Iowa25910812018.536
10.Howard CollierCanton, Ill.2599471888.502
11.Cecil H. FreelMurray, Iowa241010511894.555
12.HarveyReese Lake City, Iowa23119701908.508
13.Vyril JacksonLamoni, Iowa231110191944.524
14.Harvey ElmersonKenosha, Wis.22129931894.524
15.John L. DahlMinneapolis, Minn.21139612058.467
16.W. P. YocumZanesville, Ohio20149212022.455
17.Milton TateKnoxville, Ill.18169041988.460
18.Verne G. LichtMilwaukee, Wis.18168171944.420
19.Roy W. SlaterCanton, Ill.16188451952.433
20.Seymour JohnsonMadison, Wis.15198202018.406
21.John AndersonDuluth, Minn.14209002140.421
22.Lee RoseDetroit, Mich.13217851996.393
23.R. M. RansdellMinneapolis, Minn.12227201962.367
24.Emmett MossmanEldora, Iowa12226981940.360
25.Sidney PlottShreveport, La.11237581948.380
26.Fred QualleyDeerfield, Wis.11237441958.380
27.Frank StinsonMinneapolis, Minn.8266271850.339
28.Elmer LewisMinneapolis, Minn.8264901840.266
29.R. ShrewsburyWyzetta, Minn.7276291972.319
30.Ralph RasmussenMinneapolis, Minn.6285521848.299
31.W. E. VailDuluth, Minn.5295011786.281
32.John PerkinsRichland, Wis.5294601718.268
33.Kenneth HartMinneapolis, Minn.4304961832.271
34.W. FredericksonMinneapolis, Minn.1334601752.263
35. J. HopkinsSuperior, Wis.1 332891572.184
Totals595 5952898966848.434
Reese and V. Jackson tied for twelfth place for the finals. They agreed to play best two out of three 50-point games to decide place. Vyril Jackson, son of Frank Jackson, won the only game his father lost in the preliminaries.
W.L.R.Sp. Pet.
1. C. C. DavisColumbus, Ohio30313022010.648
2. Frank JacksonLamoni, Iowa26712922116.611
3. Bert DuryeeWichita, Kansas23 1011972016.594
4. Cecil FreelMurray, Iowa20 1311702130.549
5. Carroll JacksonChicago, Ill.17 1612242246.545
6. James RiskMontpelier, Ind.16 1710231970.519
7. Putt MossmanEldora, Iowa12 2110302030.507
8. Howard CollierCanton, Ill.12 219962056.484
9. Hansford JacksonChicago, Ill.12 2111142142.520
10. Art CummingMinneapolis, Minn.12 2111332164.524
11. Harvey ReeseLake City, Iowa10 239962014.495
12. George J. HilstGreen Valley, Ill.8 2510692164.494
Totals198198 1354625058.541
Grand Totals, Prelims & Finals793 7934253591906.463
P. Mossman, Collier, H. Jackson and Cumming, who tied for seventh place, agreed to each pitch 100 shoes, the number of points counted by each to decide place. P. Mossman made 191 points, 57 ringers, 12 dou. ble ringers; Collier, 191 points, 49 ringers, 13 doubles; H. Jackson, 167 points, 50 ringers, 14 double ringers; Cumming, 160 points, 41 ringers, 8 double ringers. This put H. Jackson in ninth place and Cumming in tenth place, but left P. Mossman and Collier still tied for seventh place.
They agreed to each pitch 50 more shoes. The results were: P. Mossman, 97 points, 27 ringers, 9 double ringers, giving him seventh place; Collier got 91 points, 25 ringers, 6 double ringers, putting him in eighth place.