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1947 World Tournament
Salt Lake City, Utah - Aug. 25-30, 1947

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:

1947 World Tournament

With horseshoe pitching and the N.H.P.A. in full stride, Utah became the beautiful site for this exciting World Tournament. The '47 field was comprised of 24 veterans including all of the Big Four. Very talented newcomers were Wayne Nelson and Jimmy O'Shea. Four rookies headed for the top 100 of all time were Ron Cherrier, Ray Ohms, Stan Leary and young Don Titcomb. This field had 67 games 85 percent or better with 13 pitchers sharing in this accomplishment. The numbers read like this: Allen 14; Isais 11; Jones, Nelson and Zimmerman eight; Harris and Brownell four; Gatewood three; Packham and O'Shea two; DeLeary, Titcomb and Hosier one.

There were 24 games 90 percent or better with six different pitchers accomplishing this. These were Jones seven, Allen and Isais six, Nelson three, Zimmerman and Packham one.
Round by round highlights such as key matches, individual efforts and upsets will now be provided.
    Round 1: DeLeary upset by Hosier, 50-27; Brownell upset by Harper, 50-48.
    Round 2: Isais (93.4 percent) over Cherrier, 50-6; Zimmerman upset by Hosier, 50-49; Feleccia-50, DeLeary-39.
    Round 3: Kolb upset DeLeary, 50-41.
    Round 4: Byrnes upset Gatewood, 50-48.
    Round 5: Lindquist upset Harris, 50-26.
    Round 6: Lindquist upset O'Shea, 50-49.
    Round 7: Dean-50, Kraft-31.
After seven rounds the leaders were Allen (7-0), Isais (7-0), Jones (7-0), Packham (7-0), Nelson (7-0), Dean (7-0), Gatewood (6-1), Zimmerman (6-1), O'Shea (6-1), Harris (6-1), and Brownell (6-1).
    Round 8: Gandy - 50, Harris - 44; Nelson -50, Dean - 44.
    Round 9: Dean-50, Packham-33; Gandy-50, O'Shea-34; Nelson-50, Brownell-29.
    Round 10: Dean-50, Gatewood-22; Brownell-50, Packham-37; Nelson-50, Harris-39.
    Round 11: Allen (90.5 percent) over Kolb, 50-5; Brownell-50, Gatewood-44; O'Shea-50, Nelson-34; Isais-50, Brown-30.
    Round 12: O'Shea-50, Packham-25; Isais-50, Brownell-20.
    Round 13: Allen (93.1 percent) over Harper, 50-4; O'Shea-50, Gatewood-33; Nelson (86.3 percent) over Zimmerman (84.6 percent), 50-45 in 132 shoes.
    Round 14: Nelson-50, Jones-35; Packham-50, Zimmerman-42; Isais 50, O'Shea-25.
After 14 rounds the leaders were Allen (14.0), Isais. (14.0), Jones (13. 1), Nelson (13-1), and Dean (12-2).
    Round 15: Isais (91.5 percent) over DeLeary, 50-10.
    Round 16: Isais-50, Zimmerman-34.
    Round 17: Isais (86.4 percent) over Janel, 50.30 in 118 shoes.
    Round 18: Allen (90.0 percent) over Mori, 50.1.
    Round 19: Allen (92.6 percent) over Lindquist, 50-6; and Isais (97.0 percent- a new World Tournament record) over Walters, 50.1.
    Round 20: Hosier-50, Gatewood-23.
    Round 21: lsais (91.9 percent) over Hosier, 50-7; Zimmerman (93.1 percent) over Byrnes, 50-10; and Nelson (91.4 percent) over Harper, 50-8.
After 21 rounds the leaders were Allen (21.0), Isais (21-0), Nelson (20-1), Jones (19-2), Dean (19-2), O'Shea (18.3), Brownell (18-3), Zimmerman (17-4), and Packham (17-4).
    Round 22: Allen-50, Dean.33; Jones (96.8 percent) over Byrnes, 50-1.
    Round 23: lsais (92.8 percent) over Kolb, 50-3; Jones (90.2 percent)over Brown, 50-18; and Dean-50, Brownell-39.
    Round 24: Allen-50, Brownell-20; Harris-50, Dean-23.
    Round 25: Dean-50, O'Shea-47.
    Round 26: Harris (85.4 percent) upset Allen, 50-41 in 144 shoes; Dixon-50, Packham-34; O'Shea-50, Brownell-21.
    Round 27: Allen (93.3 percent) over Kraft, 50-9; Dean-50, Zimmerman-44.
    Round 28: Allen-50, O'Shea-20; Jones (91.8 percent) over Dean, 50-13; Zimmerman (87.7 percent) over Brownell, 50-26 in 114 shoes.
After 28 rounds the contending leaders were lsais (28-0), Allen (27-1), Nelson (27-1), Jones (26-2), Zimmerman (23-5), Packham (23-5), O'Shea (23-5), and Dean (23-5). With just seven games to go it looked like a three man race with Jones an outside chance.
    Round 29: Allen (85.2 percent) over Nelson (85.2 percent), 50-49 in 136 shoes; lsais (91.4 percent) over Titcomb, 50-10; Jones (90.0 percent) over Brownell, 50-16.
    Round 30: Allen (95.0 percent) over DeLeary, 50-9; Jones (88.1 percent) over Harris, 50-23 in 118 shoes; Zimmerman eliminated by O'Shea, 50-48; and Packham eliminated by Nelson, 50-26.
    Round 31: lsais defeated Kraft, 50-28, eliminating O'Shea and Dean. Round 32: Zimmerman upset Allen, 50-37; lsais easily beat Nelson, 50-16; and Jones won over DeLeary, 50-8.

    Round 33: lsais beat Packham, 50-33 in 116 shoes, eliminating Nelson. Allen stayed alive thrashing Gatewood, 50-16, while Jones was thumping Guy Zimmerman, 50-18. Allen and Jones each trailed lsais by two games with only two games left.
    Round 34: Isais by virtue of beating Gatewood, 50-30, had regained his title, eliminating All~n and Jones. There now ensued a battle for second place. Jones (90.1 percent) defeated Allen, 50-25 in 142 shoes.

    Round 35: Allen (89.3 percent) spoiled Fernando's perfect record, 5030 in 122 shoes. Jones (94.1 percent) over Dolan, 50-1, locked up second place. The promising youngster, Wayne Nelson, never pitched in another World Tournament for some unknown reason. In round 26 Isais breezed through Maxwell, 50-7 for a record setting 49 consecutive victories, erasing Fred Brust's 1919 record of 48! Allen ended Isais' streak at 57 straight. This also ruined Fernando's chance to be the only man to go undefeated in two consecutive appearances!


1947 World Tournament Salt Lake City, Utah - Aug. 25-30, 1947
Finals
Qual W.L.R.Sp. Pet.
1.Fernando IsaisLos Angeles, Cal.544341 1973 237283.2
2.Casey JonesWaukesha, Wis.543332 2086 251283.0
3.Ted AllenBoulder, Colo.D.C.323 2126 250884.8
4.Wayne NelsonMuncie, Ind.521323 2080 257680.7
5.James O'SheaBrockton, Mass.520296 1993 254278.4
6.Guy ZimmermanAlamo, Cal.535287 2125 265879.9
7.Louis DeanPomona, Cal.497278 1699235472.2
8.Eddie PackhamSanta Monica, Cal.529269 2034 263077.3
9.Tommy BrownellGloversville, N.Y.5072510 1834 247274.2
10.Ray GatewoodLos Angeles, Cal.5402411 2030 267475.9
11.Sid HarrisMinden, Neb.50924111983 262675.5
12.Ervin HosierLos Angeles, Cal.4472411 1873 259872.1
13.Vito FelecciaBrooklyn, N.Y.4672114 1759 251070.1
14.Stan DeLearyPhoenix, Ariz.5231916 1938 266672.7
15.Henry HarperLos Angeles, Cal.4811916 1712 256266.8
16.Dean BrownLos Angeles, Cal.4731817 1833 258271.0
17.Don TitcombSan Jose, Cal.5021817 1856 264470.2
18.Arner LindquistMorgantown, W. Va.4921817 1669 241469.1
19.Alvin GandyTopeka, Kansas50918771703 251667.7
20.Roland KraftLeCompton, Kansas51917181798 259269.4
21.Dale DixonDes Moines, Iowa4941619 1560 238465.4
22.Marines TamboerWichita, Kansas4821322 1789 261468.4
23.W. O. MaxwellHicksville, Ohio4891322 1470 233463.0
24.Ray OhmsSalt Lake City, Utah4411322 1417 225462.9
25.Paul MoriSan Francisco, Cal.4891223 1432 235060.9
26.Ellis HannaCanton, Ohio4921124 1540 244862.9
27.William KolbNewark, N.J.4721124 1335 220060.7
28.Ray ArnoldSanta Barbara, Cal.4571124 1291 216459.7
29.Bruce WaltersMurry, Utah438926 1204 212456.7
30.Merle PalmerCheyenne, Wyo.484827 1428 235060.8
31.Lee JacobsBelleville, Mich.484530 1246 214458.1
32.Hansford JacksonLos Angeles, Cal.433530 1217 213856.9
33.Ron CherrierNorthfield, Minn.439530 1221 214856.8
34. Harry DolanFontana, Cal.431530 1225 220055.7
35.A. J. ByrnsAlhambra, Cal.469431 1181 215854.7
36.Sam PipeSalinas, Cal.443431 1075 202653.1