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1957 World Tournament
Murray, Utah - July 17-25, 1957

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:

A 1955 idea (in part) by Ted Allen now became the new World Tournament format. This year there would be two 18 man groups with the top seven from each to form a 14 man championship class. The next six from each group would play for positions 15 through 26. The last five from each group would play for positions 27 through 36. The group placement would be by qualifying scores.

In group 1, the three rookies were A. Bert Zumwalt; Art Kamman, Arizona champion; and still debated as the best in the history of Ohio, Harold Reno, entering his first World Tournament. In group 2, the newcomers were Harvey; Zichella; Brumfield, who would make the all time 100 list; and polite, gentlemanly Paul Focht who now is the all time leader in Ohio State Tournament victories. Superstars Allen, Titcomb, and Isais were still heads above the rest and they were the logical favorites. Rather than go into great detail, an attempt to touch upon the highlights of group play will be done.

In group 2, Paxton upset Focht, 51-38 and Brumfield, 52-35. Lindquist (82.2 percent) knocked off Standard, 52-39 in 122 shoes and Wahlin, 51-35 in 116 shoes with 84.4 percent. Harvey clobbered Lindquist, 51-22. Wolfe shocked Focht, 54-48 in 104 shoes and tripped friend Manker, 53-45. Tate (90.5 percent) belted Zichella, 50-4 and sneaked by Lindquist, 51-47. Zichella (84.0 percent) pounded Chapelle, 51-19 and throttled Wahlin, 52-31 with 83.0 percent in 100 shoes.

Focht (88.0 percent) smashed Wiley, 50-18. Brumfield (92.0 percent) busted Manker, 51-9 and forced Isais to 138 shoes while scoring 30 points. Wahlin had four games over 85 percent, his best being 88.5 while whipping Brumfield, 55-23. Clive took Isais to 118 shoes, scoring 31 points. Isais had five games 85 percent or better and four 90 percent: 90 percent against Paxton, 92.6 on Standard, 90.7 on Green, and 91.0 on Harvey. The most points against Isais was Tate with 34!

In group 1, Zumwalt upset Brown, 54-47 and Ira Allen, 52-38. Harshman surprised Taylor, 50-46. Brown conquered Reno, 53-41. Dixon lost 50-49 to Taylor in 134 shoes. Ira Allen (83.6 percent) took Brownell, 52-39 and hammered Anderson, 51-21. Sharp won over Harshman, 52-35 in 116 shoes. Day had four games over 85 percent. Curt threw 91.7 percent while working over Zumwalt, 51-7. In a longest game record breaking performance of 174 shoes against Ted Allen, Curt had 155 ringers (the same as Ted) for 89.0 only to lose 50–49! Curt beat Reno, 51-45. Brownell (85.5 percent) waylaid Reno, 50-22. Anderson (85.1 percent) plucked Cherrier, 51-16 and squeezed by Brownell, 53-49 in 114 shoes. Rookie Reno had four games over 85 percent and a 51-94.7 percent while shutting out Kamman, 50-0. Titcomb had five games over 85 percent and eight games over 90 percent. Don's victims were Dixon (90.0 percent, 54-14), Zumwalt (92.0 percent, 52-4), Harshman (90.5 percent, 51-8), Brownell (90.2 percent, 55-14), Ira Allen (92.6 percent 51-9), Brown (91.4 percent, 50-8), Kamman (91.6 percent, 54-9), and Mori (93.6 percent, 53-6). Don also pitched 89.8 for 108 shoes to get rid of stubborn Reno, 50-24. Don hit 87.9 percent easily handling Day, 50-7. Don hit only 78 percent in his game with Ted, losing 51-39. Defending World Champion Allen had seven games over 85 percent. Allen's only 90 percent was a 52-10 creaming of Edmondson with a 90.4. Although 17-0 in group 1, it looked like Allen would have his hands full in the finals.

In the first game of the finals Anderson bushwhacked Isais, 52-45. Standard greeted Lindquist, 52-44. Sharp tripped Wahlin, 50-41. Titcomb (87.9 percent) was extended to 124 shoes against the still stubborn Reno, winning 51-28. Allen (90.2 percent) ripped Brownell, 51-20. In the second game Zichella went 130 shoes in a major shocker, critically wounding Isais' chances with a 51-48 toppling. Sharp stunned Day, 50-30. Allen (91.4 percent) got revenge on Anderson, 51-11 for the prior year. After two games only Allen, Titcomb, Sharp, Zichella, and Standard were undefeated. In the third game matches involving the leaders, Day wiped out Standard, 52-24; Allen bumped Zichella, 52-29; and Sharp got by Brumfield, 50-44. In fourth game action, Isais beat Sharp, 50-41; and Brownell (92.6 percent) clubbed Wahlin, 52-12.

In game 5, Allen repelled Sharp, 51-32; and Isais (90.0 percent) zapped Standard, 51-23. In game 6, Allen (93.9 percent) had to pitch 116 shoes to finally subdue Reno, 55-16. Seventh game features were Isais-52, Reno-38 in 114 shoes; Titcomb (89.0 percent) over Day, 50-25 in 100 shoes; and Ted Allen going down to Wahlin, 50–36! Titcomb was now the only undefeated. In their eighth game, Titcomb and Allen each pitched over 89 percent to win. In the 9th game, Allen (90.5 percent) bombed Brumfield, 50-11; and Titcomb (90.4 percent) punished Sharp, 52-15. In game 10, Titcomb barely escaped Brumfield, 52-49 in 118 shoes. Allen in a rematch with Day had his hands full. In this 168 shoe match Day pitched 87.5 percent but Allen was equal to the task, hitting 90.4 percent to win 51–30!

In game 11, Titcomb struggled by Isais, 50-47 in 112 shoes. The 12th game was the awaited battle between Allen and Titcomb. A victory would give Don the long sought title. For 140 shoes Titcomb pitched 83.5 percent, only to lose to Allen (87.1 percent), 51-36. In the final game Titcomb won easily while Allen (85 percent) survived Isais, 55-41. Unbelievably these same two men were headed for another best of three playoff! Murray, Utah was the lucky host during many of the greatest games ever pitched!

The first game of the playoff was easily won by Allen (83.3 percent) over a shaky Titcomb (66.7 percent) in just 66 shoes. The second match, Don Titcomb proved himself worthy of championship consideration by putting together 142 of 168 shoes on the peg for 84.5 percent. Unluckily for Don, World Champion Ted Allen did likewise but produced one more single point to edge Titcomb, 50-49. Thus Allen had captured his ninth World Championship by winning in a close pressure packed finish as had become his usual custom. This usual win was also in keeping with the fact that Ted Allen had never in his entire career lost the World Championship in a playoff. This great pitcher of the 1 ¼ turn had become as fine wine, getting better with age!



1957 World Tournament Murray, Utah - July 17-25, 1957
Group 1 Qual W. L. R. SP. Pct.
1 Ted Allen Boulder, Colo. D.C. 17 0 1113 1308 85.1
2 Don Titcomb Sunnyvale, Cal. 534 16 1 983 1130 87
3 Curt Day Frankfort, Ind. 506 14 3 1149 1424 80.7
4 Harold Reno Sabina, Ohio 531 12 5 1023 1286 79.5
5 Tommy Brownell Amsterdam, N.Y. 506 12 5 1056 1358 77.8
6 Ed Sharp Mulberry, Ind. 497 11 6 1083 1442 75.1
7 Glen Anderson Moline, Ind. 519 10 17 998 1342 74.4
8 Ira Allen Fresno, Cal. 495 9 8 1014 1348 75.2
9 Paul Mori San Francisco, Cal. 518 9 8 924 1274 72.5
10 Dale Dixon Des Moines, Iowa 494 9 8 1012 1420 71.3
11 Virgil Taylor Greencastle, Ind. 459 8 9 986 1366 72.2
12 Dean Brown South Gate, Cal. 491 7 10 898 1314 68.3
13 Leighton Edmondson Midvale, Utah 466 4 13 684 1102 62.1
14 Ron Cherrier Hopkins, Minn. 485 3 14 902 1318 68.4
15 Gerald Schneider Montebello, Cal. 470 3 14 798 1204 66.3
16 Oris Harshman Frankfort, Ind. 488 3 14 754 1196 63
17 Art Kamman Mesa, Ariz. 451 3 14 701 1138 61.6
18 A. Bert Zumwalt Fulton, Cal. 472 3 14 679 1106 61.4
Group 2
1 Fernando Isais Los Angeles, Cal. 546 17 0 1062 1246 85.2
2 Clive Wahlin Salt Lake City, Utah 546 14 3 1135 1392 81.5
3 Arner Lindquist Morgantown, W. Va. 491 14 3 956 1286 74.3
4 Gene Brumfield Markleville, Ind. 524 13 4 1044 1332 78.4
5 Truman Standard Canton, Ill. 508 12 5 974 1288 75.6
6 Joe Zichella New York, N.Y. 510 11 6 905 1218 74.3
7 Milton Tate Peoria, Ill. 500 11 6 794 1126 70.5
8 Paul Focht Dayton, Ohio 519 10 7 920 1242 74.1
9 Eldon Harvey Canby, Ore. 495 7 10 946 1340 70.6
10 John Paxton Ottumwa, Iowa 478 7 10 853 1266 67.4
11 Cletus Chapelle Portland, Ore. 480 5 12 841 1252 67.2
12 Harold Wolfe Cedarville, Ohio 497 5 12 888 1334 66.6
13 E.J. Wiley Nampa, Idaho 490 5 12 840 1280 65.6
14 Floyd Fowler Greencastle, Ind. 458 5 12 766 1190 64.4
15 Marlon Lange Bondurant, Iowa 458 5 12 767 1224 62.7
16 Howard Robinson Nebraska City, Neb. 495 4 13 671 1090 61.6
17 Earl Green Indianapolis, Ind. 467 4 13 699 1162 60.2
18 Stan Manker Martinsville, Ohio 468 4 13 647 1086 59.6
Murray, Utah - July 17.25, 1957
Finals
Championship Group' W. L. R. SP. Pct.
1 Ted Allen Boulder, Colo. 12 1 1102 1262 87.3
2 Don Titcomb Sunnyvale, Cal. 12 1 1049 1220 86
3 Ed Sharp Mulberry, Ind. 10 3 953 1204 79.2
4 Fernando Isais Los Angeles, Cal. 9 4 1014 1234 82.2
5 Tommy Brownell Amsterdam, N.Y. 8 5 938 1166 80.4
6 Curt Day Frankfort, Ind. 7 6 1096 1342 81.7
7 Clive Wahlin Salt Lake City, Utah 6 7 979 1234 79.3
8 Harold Reno Sabina, Ohio 5 8 943 1198 78.7
9 Joe Zichella New York, N.Y. 5 8 918 1198 76.6
10 Truman Standard Canton, Ill. 5 8 779 1026 75.9
11 Gene Brumfield Markleville, Ind. 4 9 832 1084 76.8
12 Arner Lindquist Morgantown, W. Va. 3 10 840 1132 74.2
13 Glen Anderson Moline, Ill. 3 10 890 1186 75
14 Milton Tate Peoria, Ill. 1 12 666 950 70.1
Group 2 - Positions 15-26th
15 Virgil Taylor Greencastle, Ind. 9 2 625 810 77.2
16 Paul Focht Dayton, Ohio 9 2 600 784 66.5
17 Dean Brown South Gate, Cal. 9 2 545 718 75.9
18 Dale Dixon Des Moines, Iowa 8 3 554 768 72.1
19 Harold Wolfe Cedarville, Ohio 7 4 535 758 70.6
20 Eldon Harvey Canby, Ore. 6 5 506 720 70.3
21 Cletus Chapelle Portland, Ore. 5 6 477 702 67.9
22 Floyd Fowler Greencastle, Ind. 5 6 472 724 65.2
23 Paul Mori San Francisco, Cal. 3 8 492 728 67.6
24 John Paxton Ottumwa, Iowa 3 8 508 764 66.5
25 Leighton Edmundson Midvale, Utah 2 9 398 656 60.7
26 Ira Allen Fresno, Cal. Forfeit
Group 3 - Positions 27-36th
27 Oris Harshman Frankfort, Ind. 7 2 438 612 71.6
28 Ron Cherrier Hopkins, Minn. 6 3 488 670 72.8
29 Gerald Schneider Montebello, Cal. 6 3 447 650 68.8
30 E.J. Wiley Nampa, Idaho 5 4 494 712 69.4
31 Art Kamman Mesa, Ariz. 5 4 408 634 64.4
32 A. Bert Zumwalt Fulton, Cal. 5 4 414 646 64.1
33 Howard Robinson Nebraska City, Neb. 4 5 428 648 66
34 Earl Green Indianapolis, Ind. 3 6 400 644 62.1
35 Marion Lange Bondurant, Iowa 3 6 368 606 60.7
36 Stan Manker Martinsville, Ohio 1 8 339 574 59.1