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1963 World Tournament
South Gate, Cal. - July 28-Aug. 6, 1963

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:

1963 World Tournament

The great state of California, one of the original 17 chartered State Associations, was finally the chosen host for a World Tournament. It's ironic, considering the "California Connection" controlled the World Title from 1933 through 1960, that an Ohioan would be the defending champion in this great meet. There were 28 veterans in this elite field. So dominant were they that no rookie would crack the top two dozen positions at the finish. Eleven of the veterans were not at the 1962 event, so the unpredictability of this new year was certain. Last appearing in 1960 were Taylor and former World Champion Don Titcomb. Back from 1959 were Harper, Weeks, Schneider, Wahlin and Knauft.

Last appearing in 1958 was the legendary Fernando Isais, eight time World Champion! Back from 1957 was Ira Allen. Moefield last made the top class in 1954. Last appearing in 1953 was John Monasmith, this year's top qualifier with 558 points. Back from 1951 was Frank Stinson, his third appearance in the big event. You never knew when Frank would show. His first was 1927, then 1951 and now 1963. His career had already touched five decades! The eight rookies were in for a thrilling and maybe frightening experience. One great thing about a World Tournament is both players sign the scoresheet and each receives a copy. What a clever way to collect autographs and make history at the same time! Now let the matches begin!

The quintet of unblemished leaders were Schneider, Monasmith, Hohl, Reno and Focht. The only man at 6-1 was Isais. At 5-2 were Knauft, Maddox, Johnson, Steinfeldt, and Titcomb. In game two, Maddox (90.2 percent) welcomed back Stinson, 51-14. In game five, Reno (94.7 percent) pulverized Moefield, 55-6. Some other matches were of a big interest. Isais fell to Steinfeldt, 51-42 in 108 shoes. Knauft was tripped by Moefield, 54-39, and Dugle 54-43. Maddox was tumbled by Dugle 51-41 and Taylor, 54-46. Johnson was bopped by Ira Allen, 50-30 and slaughtered by Titcomb, 50-7. Titcomb was edged by Steinfeldt, 52-45 and shocked by Winston, 51-46. Steinfeldt was hammered by Ted Allen, 50-22 and taken by Hohl, 51-40. The famed Ted Allen lost his first opening game in his career, losing to Weeks, 50-45. In game two, rookie Paglarini pulled a 50-46 stunner. In game seven, Johnson mauled Ted, 50-31.

After 14 games, Reno was the only unbeaten. With 13-1 records were Isais, Monasmith, and defending World Champion Paul Focht. In his last three games, Isais held off Knauft, 55-47; Maddox, 53-45; and Craig, 53-46. Monasmith was cuffed by Titcomb, 52-22. Focht was jolted by Stinson, 51-41. At 12-2 were Steinfeldt and Hohl. Elmer was upset by Knauft, 52-46 in game 13 and then by Maddox, 50-45 in game 14. Carl on the other hand finished the day rather strongly: 91.0 percent against Peterson in game 13, a 50-10 breeze, and 90.6 percent in game 14, a 52-3 mismatch with rookie Austin. Titcomb dropped a 5041 decision to Reno while improving his record to 11-3. At 10-4 were Dugle and Schneider. Art's lone loss of the set was to Focht, 54-44. Jerry, while running the gauntlet, fell to Titcomb, 51-49 in 112 shoes; Ted Allen, 52-27; Isais, 51-28; and Hohl, 52-41 in 124 shoes. In the first 14 games, Winston was impressive during his battle with the giants. In four losses to Kabel, 51-47; Ted Allen, 55-36; Isais, 50-42; and Hohl, 52-41 he was no easy mark. Monasmith (92.8 percent) scalped Shaver, 50-6. Henton (91.0 percent) trounced Vogel, 55-12.

After 21 games, Reno led at 20-1. Monasmith was 19-2. Isais, Hohl, and Focht all stood at 18-3 with Steinfeldt at 17-4. Reno was soundly trounced by Hohl, 51-28 in game 16. Monasmith bowed to Ted Allen, 50-42 in game 15. Isais lost to Reno, 52-39 in game 15. In game 16, Fernando was taken by Monasmith, 51-39 in 124 shoes. In a feature match, Hohl was edged by Monasmith, 50-46. In game 15, Focht was bombed, 52-15, by the merciless-Steinfeldt. Carl was humbled by "Pop" Johnson, 50-20 and later lost to Tamboer, 50-45. Titcomb was upset by Henton, 50-48 and Shatto, 51-29 in a major surprise. Knauft (91.7 percent) smashed Harper, 52-5. Maddox (90.6 percent) throttled Austin, 50-6. Tamboer (93.4 percent) flogged the unlucky Austin, 50-1.

After 28 games, the leader was John Monasmith at 26-2. At 25-3 were Hohl and Reno. Harold was tripped by Steinfeldt, 52-44 and ambushed by Tamboer, 50-41. At 24-4 were Isais and Focht. Isais was shocked by Taylor, 50-49. Focht was beaten by Titcomb, 51-40 in 120 shoes. Ted Allen had won 14 in a row to be 23-5. Next at 22-6 were Titcomb and Steinfeldt. Carl fell before Maddox, 51-43 in 114 shoes. Carl lost a heartbreaker to Monasmith, 53-47 in 106 shoes. Steinfeldt (94.6 percent) thumped Craig, 51-6 for the high percentage of the day. The final day would be most interesting. In game 29, Isais was knocked off by Kabel, 54-35. Focht was handled by Maddox, 50-37. In the final World Tournament meeting between Ted Allen and Don Titcomb, Don edged Ted, 51-48 ending another Allen winning streak. Monasmith (85.8 percent) escaped Schneider (85.2 percent), 50-47 in 142 shoes. In game 30, Ted stumbled to Focht, 53-37 in 112 shoes. Reno was upset by Knauft, 50-45. In the final meeting between Titcomb and Isais, Fernando topped Don, 50-42 in 126 shoes. In game 31, Hohl beat Titcomb. 50-37. Allen topped Isais, 52-37.

In game 32, Monasmith, (90.8 percent) glided by Maddox, 51-13. Steinfeldt (90.4 percent) mastered Dugle, 55-12. Focht was delivered a killing blow by Isais, 50-26. Hohl blasted Ted Allen, 51-21. Allen, Focht, Steinfeldt, Isais, and Titcomb were now all eliminated. In game 33, Monasmith survived Craig, 55-47 in 108 shoes. Reno was eliminated by Focht, 52-27. Hohl (90.9 percent) stayed alive by thrashing Isais, 52-9. In game 34, Monasmith squeaked by Reno, 52-49 while defending World Champion Paul Focht, now relegated to spoiler, was busting Hohl, 52-26.

John Monasmith was now 1963 World Champion! Henton (90.4 percent) stormed by Craig, 52-8. Maddox (91.0 percent) spanked Wahlin, 50-7. In round 35, Focht continued his nasty streak by humbling the new World Champion Monasmith, 51-28. Ted Allen saw his streak of 19 consecutive World Tournaments averaging 80 percent or better come to an end. John Monasmith, a former railroad worker, became the 16th World Champion in documented history. John, after a ten year absence, proved that anything can happen at the World Tournament. John also extended the longest streak of any kind in World Tournament history no champion had ever come from a state that was not one of the original 17! The top eight finishers had won or would go on to win the World Tournament, horseshoe pitching's most coveted prize!


1963 World Tournament South Gate, Cal. - July 28-Aug. 6, 1963
QualW.L.R.Sp.Pet.
1. John Monasmith Yakima, Wash. 558 32 3 2290 2784 82.3
2. Elmer Hohl Wellesley, Ontario 556 31 4 2250 2752 81.8
3. Carl Steinfeldt Rochester, N.Y. 498 29 6 2238 2802 79.9
4. Harold Reno Sabina, Ohio 540 29 6 2093 2654 78.9
5. Paul Focht Dayton, Ohio D.C. 29 6 2152 2730 78.8
6. Don Titcomb Los Gatos, Cal. 525 27 8 2211 2776 79.6
7. Ted Allen Boulder, Colo. 526 27 8 2193 2794 78.5
8. Fernando Isais Los Angeles, Cal. 535 27 8 2374 3044 78.0
9. Marines Tamboer Wichita, Kansas 504 25 10 2225 2862 77.7
10. Jerry Schneider Bell, Cal. 507 23 12 2208 2874 76.8
11. Art Dugle Chicago, Ill. 496 23 12 1925 2598 74.1
12. Ralph Maddox Poca, W. VA. 526 22 13 2174 2784 78.1
13. Jim "Pop" Johnson Covington, Ky. 503 22 13 2145 2844 75.4
14. Henry Knauft Spokane, Wash. 518 21 14 2157 2812 76.7
15. Glen "Red" Henton Maquoteka, Iowa 479 21 14 2000 2740 75.5
16. Wilbur Kabel New Madison, Ohio 517 21 14 2042 2724 75.0
17. Wellington Taylor Grand River, Iowa 504 19 16 1833 2577 71.1
18. Jim Weeks Norwalk Cal. 484 18 17 2137 2854 74.9
19. Frank Stinson Minneapolis, Minn. 491 17 18 1859 2634 70.6
20. Ira Allen Oneals, Cal. 507 16 19 2055 2794 73.6
21. Clive Wahlin Taylorville, Utah 480 15 20 2183 2890 75.5
22. Homer Moefield Long Beach, Cal. 492 15 20 1885 2624 71.8
23. Marvin Craig Parker, Ind. 533 15 20 1859 2600 71.5
24. Earl Winston LaMonte, Mo. 500 14 21 1980 2764 71.6
25. Charles Merrell West Covina, Cal. 486 11 24 1655 2440 67.8
26. Dale Dixon Des Moines, Iowa 514 11 24 1743 2592 67.2
27. Harold Shatto Okanogan, Wash. 483 11 24 1643 2492 65.9
28. Lee Bennett Middletown, Ohio 503 11 24 1492 2286 65.3
29. Andy Paglarini Hibbing Minn. 490 9 26 1516 2322 65.3
30. Ned Shaver Whittier, Cal. 512 8 27 1768 2568 68.8
31. Bill Blexrude Oakland, Cal. 478 8 27 1810 2674 67.7
32. Henry Harper Monterey Park, Cal. 481 7 28 1408 2296 61.3
33. Abe A. Austin Hinsdale Ill. 495 7 28 1328 2180 60.9
34. Don Peterson Downey, Cal. 491 5 30 1451 2312 62.8
35. Charles Stephens Bradenton, Fla. 481 4 31 1381 2220 62.2
36. Roger Vogel Manito, Ill. & Norfolk, Va. Forfeit All Games