1953 World Tournament
Murray, Utah - July 21-27, 1953

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:

1953 World Tournament For the fourth straight year there were 29 veterans in the 36 man field. Two rookies were beginning their great careers which would land them in the top 50 of all time. They were Carl Steinfeldt and Truman Standard. Other rookies were Sechrist; Cessna, Hook, William Fraser in his only championship appearance, who in later years would sire a son named Ken who would also make the top field; and John Fulton, who would eventually win 11 Pennsylvania State Championships. (John has been very helpful in filling in lost history by preserving many of our earlier publications. Thank you, John Fulton, for your wonderful contribution.

This year Murray would witness Fernando's quest for a seventh straight World Championship. His most serious obstacle would be Ted Allen who pitched a higher percentage than Isais the prior year. Also, Ted had just set a new World Record for qualifying with 556 points!

After the first day, leaders were Isais, Allen, Titcomb, and Standard all 7-0. Tied with 6-1 records were Monasmith, Tamboer and Dixon. Allen had the top game of the day with 94.6 percent while whipping Lindquist, 50-7. After the second day, three men were still perfect at 14-0. They were Isais, Allen and Titcomb. Next came Jones and Standard, now 12-2 and Tamboer 11-3. Titcomb had the hot hand for the day with 92.4 percent against Lindmeier, 90 percent on Gandy, and 91.6 percent in his match with Standard. After the third day, Titcomb and Allen remained tied at 21-0. Isais had a 20 game winning streak stopped by Steinfeldt, 50-38. Truman Standard was holding fourth place with a 17-4 record.

Perhaps it should have been mentioned earlier that Guy Zimmerman and his wife came to Murray for a visit during the tournament. Guy was taking time off from his barnstorming tour in which he performed trick and fancy pitching exhibitions. To the delight of the gallery, there was an exhibition match between Guy and World Champion Fernando Isais. Guy put on an excellent show with 101 ringers in 112 shoes for 90 percent while Fernando had 93 ringers for 83 percent. The final score was Zimmerman-50, Isais-28.

After 28 games, Allen was in sole possession of the lead at 28-0. Titcomb suffered his first loss after winning 24 straight. The villain was giant killer Carl Steinfeldt by a 50-29 score. This made Don tied with Fernando at 27-1. Allen had the two best pitched games of the day. In the first, Allen had 91.6 percent against Brown in a 50-17 conquest. In the best match of the day, Anderson gamely tried to spoil Allen's perfect record. In 114 shoes, Glen threw 84.2 percent but Allen had 91.2 percent for a 50-30 triumph. Reminiscent of Anderson's 1952 game with Isais when they had 11 straight four deads, Allen and Anderson also had 11 consecutive four deads just missing the record of 12.

The first game of the final day saw Dixon deliver a swift blow to Isais' championship aspirations with a 50-44 shocker. Meanwhile, Allen hooked up with Dean for 142 shoes, the longest of the tournament. Ted was forced to pitch 85.7 percent to win, 50-43. Titcomb in a 50-9 win over Fulton hurled a 92.5 percent game. The second game, Allen tossed 93.4 percent while shutting out Fulton, 50-0. In the third game, which went 110 shoes, Isais crippled Titcomb's chance with a 50-45 win. In the fourth game, Monasmith upset Don, 50-43. In the fifth games, in 122 shoes, Allen eliminated Titcomb, 50-30. With two games to go, Allen needed one victory or one Isais loss and Fernando was scheduled as his final opponent. Allen in a 126 shoe match clinched his sixth World Championship by beating Monasmith, 5O-29. In a super struggle, which went 132 shoes, Jones nipped Isais, 50-48. Titcomb pitched 93.2 percent against Gatewood. Almost overlooked the final day was a 93.2 percent game by Tamboer in his victory over Sechrist.

The final big match pitted Allen against Isais. This game would have no bearing on the final results, but it still was of major significance. Ted Allen needed one more win for a perfect 35-0 record. It should be remembered that in 1947, Isais, beginning his great string, was also 34-0 with one game to go. In that final game, Allen destroyed Isais' perfect record.

Now the shoe was on the other foot. Fernando returned that favor by ruining Allen's string with a 5O-46 victory in a match that lasted 128 shoes. Allen thus joined the list of other champions who watched an unbeaten year slip away on the final day of the meet. This long list included Jackson by Hollingsworth in 1915; Brust by Palmer in 1920; Lundin by Lyle Brown in 1922; May by Davis in 1923; Allen by Sebek in 1946; Isais by Allen in 1947, by Gatewood in 1949, by DeLeary in 1950 and by Johnson in 1952; and now Allen by Isais in 1953. This jinx had struck for the 12th time! The spoiler's list of 12 is quite impressive.

Allen and Isais had now won every World Tournament since 1933!

1953 World Tournament Murray, Utah - July 21-27, 1953
Qual W.L.R.Sp. Pet.
1.Ted AllenBoulder, Colo.556341 2144 257483.3
2.Fernando IsaisLos Angeles, Cal.D.C. 323 2131 266679.9
3.Don TitcombLos Gatos, Cal.518314 1959 244080.3
4.John LindmeierMaywood, Ill.495305 1936 266872.6
5.Truman StandardCanton, Ill.520278 2907 277075.7
6.John MonasmithYakima, Wash.525269 2038 270875.3
7.Marines TamboerWichita, Kansas51524111915 266271.9
8.Carl SteinfeldtRochester, N.Y.5842312 1879 264271.1
9.Arner LindquistMorgantown, W. VA.4752312 1815 261469.4
10.Chas. "Casey" JonesWaukesha Wis.5392213 2023 271674.5
11.Glenn AndersonMoline, Ill.4952015 1860 259271.8
12.Dale DixonDes Moines, Iowa5142015 1691 236871.4
13.Louis DeanPomona, Cal.5021916 1946 272871.3
14. Ron CherrierHopkins, Minn.4811916 1902 269270.7
15.Dean BrownLos Angeles, Cal.4801817 2080 279474.4
16.Lowell GrayLong Beach, Cal.5141817 1767 250070.7
17.Roland KraftLecompton, Kansas4831817 1801 255270.6
18.Alvin GandyTopeka, Kansas5051817 1794 260268.9
19.Henry KnauftSpokane, Wash.4721817 1800 261668.8
20. John PaxtonFairfield, Iowa4821718 1884 276068.3
21.Sam SomerhalderGuide Rock, Kansas5081619 1733 285267.1
22.Roy GetchellTigard, Ore.49816 169 1683 251666.9
23.George SechristHuntington Park, Cal.4641520 1665 248866.9
24.Stan DeLearyPhoenix, Ariz.4661421 1785 262867.9
25.Ray GatewoodLos Angeles, Cal.4641421 1650 246666.9
26. W. O. MaxwellHicksville. Ohio4701421 153823864.9
27.Cletus ChapellePortland, Ore.5083322 1761 257168.5
28. John FultonCarlisle, Pa.5081322 1783 260468.5
29.Harold ShawWhat Cheer, Iowa4651124 1657 255664.8
30.William FraserSan Francisco, Cal.4731025 1665 254065.6
31.William CessnaDenver, Colo.4751025 1548 244863.2
32.Earl WinstonLaMonte, Mo.474827 1516 240463.1
33.George HookOntario, Cal.477728 1661 252865.7
34.Charlie HopkinsOttumwa, Iowa478629 1464 243860.0
35.Hugh RogersCedar Falls, Iowa467629 1358 228259.5
36.Paul MoriSan Francisco, Cal.466 Forfeit1511 230865.5