1964 World Tournament
Greenville, Ohio - Aug. 1-11, 1964

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"The Official N.H.P.A. History of the World Tournament 1909-1980", Reflection Press, Dayton, Ohio
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1964 World Tournament

Beautiful Greenville was again host for the big event. This tournament would be hailed as the greatest of all time. In 1963, eight different individuals topped the 90 percent barrier. In 1964, fourteen men contributed to 37 games over 90 percent. There were 124 other games over 85 percent. There were 267 other games pitched over 80 percent!

In qualifications, 505 points was the minimum required to make the 36 man group. The past record was 25 scoring over 500 points. The 1962 World Champion, Paul Focht, had a total of 502 and did not make the field! The qualifying jinx had once again struck down a past champion!

Only six rookies made the field. Paul Lattray, Don Owens, and Dick Carpenter were making their only championship appearance. Joe Carmack was in his initial chase. Jim Solomon, a Pennsylvania champion, started down the path to the all time top 40 in World Tournament victories. Following the same trail was Glenn Riffle, a four time AAU National Champion, who would be voted the most improved pitcher of the year. The year's field would only have 35 men at the finish. Art Dugle became the second man in history to be expelled from the court for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The leaders after seven games were rookie Lattray, Martin, Henton, and Hohl all undefeated. At 6-1 were Allen, Day, Steinfeldt and Reno. Defending World Champion John Monasmith became the first champion since C.C. Davis in 1929 to lose twice on opening day! John fell to rookie Carmack, 52-38 and later to Moefield, 50-38. Allen was nipped by Wahlin, 50-47. Day was edged 51-48 by Toole. Steinfeldt was out dueled by Johnson, 50-47 in 146 shoes in the day's best match. Reno dropped a 51-45 decision to Zadroga. Toole (91.6 percent) wasted Vogel, 50-9. Steinfeldt tossed 49 ringers in 50 shoes for 98.0 percent (his career best) while shutting out Taylor, 51-0. Day (93.4 percent) blew by Stinson 52-12 and later trampled Johnson, 52-9 with a 94.3 percent. Martin (90.0 percent) walloped Stinson, 51-8 in game one. Ray (92.1 percent) subjugated Pinch, 50-6 in game two and stomped Fortenberry, 50-33 with a 92.0 percent.

After 14 games, everyone had at least one defeat, with Martin the last to fall. The leaders were now Steinfeldt and Reno, each 13-1. Carl (91.3 percent) was forced to 104 shoes by Craig in a 52-19 win. Reno (90.6 percent) beat back a game Riffle, 51-23. Reno (91.2 percent) was extended to 114 shoes before taming Knauft, 52-13. Harold later blasted Hohl, 51-19 with a 91.0 percent. The quartet at 12-2 were Allen, Martin, Day, and Henton. Allen was trundled by Martin, 55-25.

Day was nailed by Henton, 50-36. Henton, was upstaged by rookie Riffle, 50-49 in a tense confrontation. Henton was also beaten by Hohl, 5038. In game 12, Martin was. edged by Maddox in 176 shoes, 52-48. The 176 shoes equalled the Titcomb-Steinfeldt match of 1960. Ray later was vanquished by Henton, 52-24. Henton (92.5 percent) humiliated Dixon, 51-1. Tied with 11-3 marks were Lattray, Zadroga, and Hohl. AI's lone loss was to Wahlin, 54-43. Hohl was waylaid by Lattray, 5139 in 106 shoes. Elmer was mastered by Allen, 50-42 in 128 shoes. Elmer (91.2 percent) disposed of Maddox, 51-29 in 114 shoes. Lattray went down to Martin, 51-25; Day, 51-36; and Steinfeldt, 51-44 in a trip down murderer's row.

After 21 games, Reno headed the pack at 20-1. Harold (91.1 percent) overwhelmed Steinfeldt, 52-15 and later destroyed Pinch, 50-4 with a 90.3 percent. Knotted at 18-3 were Hohl, Henton, and Steinfeldt. Carl's other loss was to giant killer Fowler, 51-47 in 112 shoes. Carl's 93.6 percent subdued Henton, 52-11 for Glen's only loss. Hohl won all seven, but had to go 136 shoes to turn back Kabel, 50-46. Next at 17-4 were Day and Martin. Curt (85.5 percent) was surpassed by Reno (87.9 percent), 51-43! Curt was also slain by giant killer Fowler, 52-41. In game 15 Martin's 87.0 percent was not enough as Reno (88.9 percent) took the 162 shoe match, 52-43. Reno, in his first two games, looked at over 85 percent and won anyway! Martin also fell to giant killer Fowler by a 50-45 score. Day (92.4 percent) repulsed Zadroga, 51-18. Maddox (96.8 percent) powdered Vogel, 51-3. Monasmith (91.9 percent) creamed Solomon, 51-12. Allen (90.7 percent) pushed aside Pinch, 51-9. Tamboer (93.0 percent) throttled Dixon, 51-14.

After 28 games only five were still in the hunt. The leader was Reno at 26-2. Harold was snared by Fishel, 50-28. At 25-3 were Steinfeldt and Hohl. Each won all seven games. Carl (93.2 percent) drilled Tamboer, 51-10. Elmer (94.8 percent) flailed away on Solomon, 50-9 for 98 shoes. Hohl (90.6 percent) buried Dixon, 50-6. Of the 21 men who looked at 90 percent games, poor Dixon had to look at them four times. At 24-4 was Henton. Day was 23-5 and trying to stay alive. Henton (94.8 percent) whipped Craig, 51-13. In another great game of all time, Henton (90.5 percent) needed 144 shoes to finally conquer Lattray, 5140 because Paul had pitched a brilliant 87.5 percent. Maddox (92.7 percent) jumped Lattray, 50-15. Knauft (90.0 percent) mangled Owens, 50- 7. Henton was dazed by Fortenberry, 52-43 in 118 shoes. Day was checked by Tamboer, 51-48 in 122 shoes.

In game 29, Reno (90.6 percent) topped Lattray, 54-24. Steinfeldt was shocked by Riffle, 50-43. Henton got by Maddox, 51-46 in 126 shoes. Hohl jolted Monasmith, 52-30, as Day did Knauft, 52-22. Martin, now eliminated, hit 90.0 percent wiping out Dixon, 50-8. Toole and Monasmith were now also out of it. Kabel (90.0 percent) slaughtered Taylor, 52-5. In game 30, Henton was rapped by Monasmith, 51-27. Hohl was crushed by Martin, 50-29. Reno now led by two games. In game 31 Reno was whipped by Maddox, 52-31. Henton outlasted Allen, 51-42 in 136 shoes, Hohl was upended by Day, 52-35 in 138 shoes, creating a three way tie for third. Steinfeldt moved to within one game of the leader by pummelling Dixon, 50-6.

In game 32, Reno fought off Henton, 50-39. In a titanic struggle, Day (86.7 percent) was tumbled by Martin (88.0 percent) in a 150 shoe match, 52-46! In a 170 shoe classic which featured a new World Record of 15 consecutive four deads, Steinfeldt (88.2 percent) prevailed over Hohl (85.3 percent) by a 53-37 score! This was another of history's great rounds. In game 33, with a 52-17 destruction of Allen, Reno clinched at least a tie. Steinfeldt, only mathematically alive, took his lumps from Martin, 52-27. Henton, Day, and Hohl had now all bowed out of the picture. Henton (95.8 percent) punished the giant killer Fowler, 52-4 anyway. Toole (91.0 percent) worked over Owens, 51-19.

In game 34, Reno locked up his second World title by virtue of a 5049 heart-stopper against dethroned champion Monasmith. Steinfeldt latched on to second place by measuring Day, 50-36. Hohl (90.6 percent) bopped Carmack, 54-16. In a noncrucial match, Solomon and Toole hooked horns for 158 shoes. Toole's 92.4 percent was too much for Solomon's 87.8 percent in a super 52-25 skirmish. In game 35, Hohl (93.7 percent) struck down Stinson, 51-8. Unbelievably, 13 men averaged better than 80 percent for this great tournament. Isais' 1963 records of 2478 ringers and 3070 shoes pitched were smashed to pieces. Floyd Toole tossed 62 straight ringers on Solomon for the second longest string of all time. Seven pitchers passed Isais' ringer record with Maddox, tossing 2903, leading the assault. Isais' shoes pitched record was broken by five pitchers in the group, with Maddox setting a new record of 3476. This meant Ralph threw 8,690 pounds of steel! Ralph walked over a mile, 40 feet at a time, in going back and forth. Ralph's 1173 doubles smashed the record of 1073 tossed by Isais in 1963.

For the first in his career, Ted Allen was not in the top 10, halting this streak at 23 World Tournaments and a period of 30 years! John Monasmith finished 11th, becoming the first defending World Champion not to finish in the top 10 in the history of the World Tournament!

Harold Reno, now a member of the N.H.P.A. Hall of Fame, will probably always be remembered as Ohio's greatest champion. It will be remembered that in 1961 Harold brought back the championship to Ohio after a 32-year absence. Harold also defended Ohio's tradition of a native winning on her home soil. Frank Jackson, in Ohio's first World Tournament way back in 1920, was the only American to ever handle this tradition. Harold Reno ascended to the throne once again, proving the Southwestern District of Ohio was still the most talented in the world!

1964 World Tournament Greenville, Ohio - Aug. 1-11, 1964
1.Harold RenoSabina, Ohio533323 2371 282084.1
2.Carl SteinfeldtRochester, N.Y.558305 2767 331683.4
3.Glen HentonMaquoketa, Iowa538296 2481 295683.9
4.Elmer HohlWellesley, Ont., Can.534296 2538 302483.9
5.Curt DayFrankfort, Ind.555287 2594 307484.4
6.Ray MartinPhilo, Ill.538287 2634 317882.9
7.Floyd ToolePine Bluff, Ark.514287 2531 308682.0
8.Al ZadrogaElizabeth, Pa.5112639 2397 295881.0
9.Ralph MaddoxPoca, West Virginia5332510 2903 347683.5
10.Paul LattrayWebster Grove, Mo.5282510 2484 306481.1
11.John MonasmithYakima, Wash.D.C.24112374 296880.0
12.Ted AllenBoulder, Colo.5392312 2410 298080.9
13.Henry KnauftSpokane, Wash.5292312 2470 307280.4
14.Ed FishelNeilton, Wash.5242213 2224 282478.8
15.Glenn RimeDayton, Ohio5262114 2156 285475.5
16.Marines TamboerWichita, Kansas5202015 2332 294479.2
17.Clive WahlinSalt Lake City, Utah5122015 2166 284676.1
18.Wilbur KabelNew Madison, Ohio5191817 2308 293478.7
19.Herb PinchSharon, Pa.5091718 2024 274273.8
20.Jimmy SolomonUniontown, Pa.5241619 2311 294878.4
21.Marvin CraigParker, Ind.5221520 2224 294675.5
22.Floyd FowlerGreencastle, Ind.5051520 2169 290074.8
23.Bob MayGlenwood, Ind.5311421 2193 292475.0
24.Lee BennettMiddletown, Ohio52013221850 2564 72.2
25.Don OwensSummitville, Ind.52313221825 253072.1
26.Joseph CarmackLecoma, Mo.5081124 2172 293074.1
27.Dick CarpenterUnion City, Ind.5071124 1999 273073.2
28.Charles FortenberryKnoxville, Tenn.5201025 1922 266672.1
29.Jim JohnsonCincinnati, Ohio519926 1943 271671.5
30.Frank StinsonMinneapolis, Minn.508926 1868 264870.5
31.Dale DixonDes Moines, Iowa5318271845 260270.9
32.Homer MoefieldLong Beach, Cal.508629 1551 232666.7
33.Wellington TaylorGrand River, Iowa511530 1660 244068.0
34. Arner Lindquist Morgantown, W. Va. 508530 1652 243467.9
35.Nelson VogelManito, Ill.506233 1392 217464.0
36.Art DugleChicago, Ill.523035 Forfeited