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1951 World Tournament
Murray, Utah - Aug. 8-14, 1951

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
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1951 World Tournament

The familiar beautiful mountain background and the friendly people were a welcome sight to those who fancied the sport of horseshoe pitching. Of the talented 36 in the finals, 29 veterans managed to qualify. There were three outstanding newcomers getting their initial baptism under fire. Cletus Chapelle, future N.H.P.A. President, and Henry Knauft were taking their first steps in climbing the rungs to the Top 100. Becoming the first Canadian to compete in the World Tournament was Dean McLaughlin, the perennial champion of that great country.

This tournament was so stocked with talent that many past and future stars were relegated to Class B. Those in this group were Roy Getchell, John Elkins, Alvin Dahlene, Harold Darnold, Arner Lindquist, George Callas, George Hook, Hugh Rogers, Ralph Dykes, Harry Page, Earl Winston, Marion Lange, Nelson Vogel, Louis Larson, C. W. Palm, Hubert Galpin, and Archie Gregson. This many talented men trying to qualify for the charmed 36 is the main reason that 200 shoe qualifying is filled with so much pressure and tension. Even past World Champions are not immune from the qualification demon as Jackson and Mossman proved in 1933.

Nowhere in the N .H.P.A. Constitution or By-laws is there a provision to mail a check and send a championship trophy. Therefore the defending world champion, Fernando Isais, came in person in an attempt to win his fifth straight. If done, this would equal Frank Jackson's earlier unofficial record. As usual, the main hurdles were considered to be Jones and Allen. Ted and Fernando's lifetime World Tournament records in head-to-head competition were knotted at five wins apiece. After just the first game of play, upsets put the crowd in a tizzy. Monasmith stung DeLeary, 50-34; Mori surprised Lindmeier, 50-35; Packham sneaked by Jones, 50-48; and Ellis Cobb toppled Gatewood, 50-41. Second games were no different as Lindmeier rebounded 50-35 over Dean. Another shocking score was Palmer-50, Packham-42. A third game upset was Cobb-50, Brown-42. A fourth game match was the eagerly awaited Allen-Isais confrontation. In a 122-shoe struggle of the giants, Fernando had 100 ringers to Ted's 98, escaping with a 50-49 thriller. Upsets continued to be the trend as the following happened: Knauft-50, Tamboer-46; Packham-50, T. Allen-42; Monasmith-50, Jones-49; Tamboer 50, Jones -37; Chapelle-50, Lindmeier-49; Bennett-50, Knauft-36; and Gray-50, Gatewood-43. The leaders were Isais (8-0), Tamboer (7-1), Packham (7-1), Monasmith (7-1), and Ted Allen, Dean, Cobb, DeLeary, and Palmer all at 6-2.

The second set of eight games was just as unpredictable. The two top qualifiers, Jones and Bartlin, continued their dismal performances. Casey unbelievably lost four more games and was nowhere in the top ten, already hopelessly out of it. Tommy lost his first four of the set while going steadily backwards. First set leaders who tumbled were Cobb (4-4), Palmer (4-4), and the biggest surprise, DeLeary going only 3-5. Isais, Allen, and Lindmeier each won all eight. Allen threw a blistering 91.7 percent while manhandling Monasmith, 50-3. Fernando continued his torrid pitching. His best was 91.2 percent in an easy 5016 win over Paxton. Gray in a brief match with Hill tossed 31 of 32 for 96.8 percent in a 50-1 slaughter. Besides Lindmeier, Brown and Hosier also had good games to move into the top 10. The leaders were Isais (16-0), Allen (14-2), Packham (13-3), and Tamboer, Lindmeier, and Dean all 12-4. Brown, Monasmith, and Hosier were all close behind with 11-5 marks. After only 16 games, it started to look as if Isais was going to win easily.

At the conclusion of the third set of eight games, the tournament had dwindled to a two man race. Isais was now 24-0 with Allen (22-2) unable to control his own destiny in regard to the outcome.

The other leaders were Tamboer and Packham at 19-5, Dean and Palmer each 17-7, and Lindmeier, Cobb, DeLeary, and Monasmith all with 16-8 records. The way this event had been going, it was almost impossible to call any victory an upset. Allen's best game was 92.4 percent in a 50-4 victory over the hapless Patrick. Hill threw only one ringer in 24 shoes for 4.1 percent while taking a 50-1 shellacking from Palmer. Hill stayed in the barrel all day long, scoring seven against Knauft, four against Lindmeier, two against Patrick, 21 vs. Jones, 14 against Dixon, 11 against R. Allen, 12 against Gandy making them all look like champions in their short encounters. He had one of those kind of days when you should stay in bed.

In back to back games involving forfeits, Packham lost to Shaw; then won from Dixon. This is the only time this has been known to happen. Monasmith, this time, was lucky enough to run into Isais while Fernando was hot and had the pleasure of looking at 92.8 percent while getting snuffed 50-3, again getting first hand lessons in the art. There would be days in the future when John got to see the other side of the coin.

After five more games the leaders were Isais (29-0), Allen (27-2), Tamboer (24-5), Lindmeier and Cobb (21-8), Packham and Dean (20-9), and Brown, DeLeary and Monasmith (19-10). Ellis Cobb threw a vicious 88.4 percent, his best of the meet, while punishing Mori, 50-10. Ted Allen continued his victory string 50-22 over Jones, 90.1 percent against Palmer in a 50-12 win and in a gesture of family love, pitched 92.4 percent while thumping his cousin Richard, 50-11. Fernando pitched 90 percent in a merciless 50-5 win over Knauft and destroyed DeLeary 50-13 with 88.6 percent, gaining revenge for the upset loss of a year ago.

The final six games had Isais in complete control, winning all six, as did Allen, who finished with 27 straight wins. Kraft hit 90 percent beating Gandy 50-16. Ted Allen had 92.5 percent while blasting Dixon, 50-13. For the tournament, Ted had five 90 percent or better games. He also had nine other games over 85 percent. Jones, with a good performance, finally crashed into the top 10. Casey finally got going the last day, pitching 93.1 percent while trouncing L'Abbe, 50-9 and scorched Shaw, 50-7 with a 94.4 percentage. This was the real Casey coming out. Isais three 88 percent at Jones in a 50-27 win. Fernando had three 90 percent games and 20 games over 85 percent for his personal single high World Tournament average of 85.8 percent.

This legend of Mexican birth had accomplished many things by this. He had won five straight World Championships. Fernando became the first man to go undefeated in a 36 man class. This great champion had lost but five games in five years against the cream of the crop. The good news, to the other pitchers standing in his shadow, Fernando had seemed to reach his peak and would not improve. The bad news for them was that the end of his total dominance was nowhere in sight!

(Ted Allen was Champion for eight years but only had to win four tournaments during those years and he did lose a Mid-West National in the interim.)


1951 World Tournament Murray, Utah - Aug. 8-14, 1951
Qual W.L.R.Sp. Pet.
1. Fernando IsaisLos Angeles, Cal.D.C. 350 2233 2604 85.8
2. Ted AllenBoulder, Colo.519 332 2102 2644 79.5
3. Marines TamboerWichita, Kansas509 296 2123 2790 76.1
4. Eddie PackhamLos Angeles, Cal.515 25 10 2035 2710 75.1
5. John Lindmeier Broadview, Ill.493 25 10 2067 2760 74.9
6. Casey JonesWaukesha, Wis.524 23 12 2063 2656 77.1
7. Ray GatewoodLennox Cal.486 23 12 2132 2766 77.1
8. Dean BrownSouth Gate, Cal.508 23 12 2160 2826 76.4
9. Louis DeanPomona Cal.499 23 12 1928 2662 72.4
10. Dale DixonDes Moines, Iowa490 22 13 1909 2602 72.4
11. Stan DeLearyPhoenix, Ariz.497 22 13 1980 2722 72.7
12. Ellis CobbAurora, Ill.486 22 13 1871 2706 69.1
13. John MonasmithYakima, Wash.497 2114 1980 2722 72.7
14. Merle Palmer Cheyenne, Wyoming489 2114 2038 2826 72.1
15. Roland KraftLeCompton, Kansas481 20 15 2087 2742 76.1
16. Dean McLaughlinOntario, Canada458 20 15 2106 2866 73.5
17. Glenn AndersonMoline, Ill.496 20 15 2038 2828 72.1
18. Tommy BartlinMilwaukee, Wis.524 20 15 1940 2740 71.0
19. Alvin GandyTopeka, Kansas495 18 17 2024 2800 72.3
20. Cletus ChapellePortland, Ore.488 18 17 1938 2770 70.0
21. Harold ShawWhat Cheer, Iowa497 17 18 1797 2548 70.5
22. Ervin HosierSouth Gate, Cal.486 17 18 1881 2681 70.1
23. Lowell GraySan Gabriel, Cal.472 16 19 2060 2864 72.1
24. Frank StinsonMinneapolis, Minn.487 14 21 1998 2848 70.2
25. Richard AllenBoulder, Colo.464 13 22 1688 2470 68.3
26. Henry KnauftSpokane, Wash.476 13 22 1817 2664 68.2
27. Ron CherrierNorthfield, Minn.463 12 23 1742 2556 68.2
28. John PaxtonOttumwa, Iowa458 11 24 1778 2636 67.5
29. Ray OhmsSalt Lake City, Utah472 10 25 1843 2674 68.9
30. Gerald L'AbbeEnglewood, Colo.485 10 25 1753 2600 67.4
31. Lewis GetchellTacoma, Wash.473 10 25 1750 2594 67.4
32. Paul MoriSan Francisco, Cal.468 10 25 1666 2516 66.2
33. Cherry BennettKaysville, Utah4629 26 1583 2446 64.7
34. Eugene PatrickPoppenish, Wash4672 33 1347 2236 60.2
35. Lindza GreenleeSpringfield, Mo.4732 33 1312 2204 59.5
36. William HillSan Francilico, Cal.4791 34 1003 1902 52.7