1967 World Tournament
Fargo, N.D. - July 30-Aug. 8, 1967

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:

1967 World Tournament

North Dakota provided the site for this year's big event. Will Gullickson, a sports writer on the Fargo Daily Forum was one of the most deserving persons ever awarded the Arch Stokes Memorial trophy in history! This award honors the person who has contributed the most to the sport of Horseshoe Pitching during the year. Will served as Coordinator and Publicity Director of the World Tournament. This was a brilliantly publicized event. It was covered in the Forum by both morning and evening editions. Three Fargo-Moorhead television stations covered the tourney: KXJB, KTHI, and WDAY. Radio stations WDAY, KVOX and KFGO were also on top of the scene. WDAY featured Women's Champion Vicki Winston on an afternoon television program. Jack Horner, a well known Minneapolis-St. Paul sportscaster, came to see the excitement.

Powell Krueger, Minneapolis Tribune photographer, took many pictures for the Tribune's Picture Magazine. Syb Gullickson of the Forum did a magnificent article on Sue Gillespie, past Women's Champion. The Forum's Wayne Lubenow conducted superb interviews. The Red River Scene from Moorhead provided an excellent two page pictorial.

Thanks to the efforts of Will, 26,000 people witnessed this event! The only snag in the whole tournament was the clay conditions which kept the ringer percentages down, but not the excitement.

In this star-studded veteran field, only six rookies would make the field. They were Mel Utley, John Walker, Roy Radcliffe, Jean Howard, Ronnie Simmons and Francis Rogers. John Walker and Ronnie Simmons would eventually join 25 of the veterans on the Top 100 All Time Victory List. The high quality of this field created a constant Murderer's Row. Many of the greatest pitchers of all time would have unusual losing streaks!

Reno lost four straight and five of six! Steinfeldt, four straight and seven of eight! Knauft five of six! Toole lost five in a row! Stinson, seven straight! Zadroga, seven straight! Anthony, five straight and later six in a row! West, six consecutive losses! Allen, five straight and nine of eleven! Henton, four straight and seven of eight! Baker, six straight! Fishel, five in a row and eight of nine! Hugh Rogers eight in a row! Maddox eight straight and 10 of 11! Paglarini had two streaks of five and another of six while dropping 12 of 14 in one stretch! Utley had two streaks of six straight! Potts, 10 straight and 14 of 16! Walker 15 straight and 18 of 19! Sutton - 13 straight and 17 of 18! Manker seven straight and another string of five! Fowler seven straight and another string of 10 while losing 24 of 27! The lesser lights also had their share of misery. Anderson had strings of six, five and 10 while losing 21 of 25! Carmack lost his first 13 and 18 of 19! Abe also lost his last seven! Radcliffe lost his first eight and later had a string of 14 while losing 19 of 20! Howard lost his first 12, beat Maddox, then next game was shut out by Zadroga, 52-0! Howard lost 24 of his first 26! Williams lost his first 23 and 29 of 31! Francis Rogers lost his first 22 and 32 of 34! This all goes to show that nobody is untouchable and anything can happen at a World Tournament.

First day leaders were Martin, Kuchcinski, and defending World Champion Curt Day, all at 7-0. At 6-1 were West, Zadroga, Stinson, Toole, Knauft, Steinfeldt, Monasmith, Focht, and Hohl. Hohl was drubbed by rookie Utley, 51-27. Focht lost his opening match to Stinson, 52-44. Monasmith was tripped by Henton, 53-44. Steinfeldt was axed by West, 50-33. Knauft was severely laced by Stinson, 51-11. Toole was squashed by rookie Utley, 50-25. Stinson was whacked by Day, 50-22.

Zadroga lost his opening match to Simmons, 51-25. West was clubbed by Stinson, 50-28 as Frank had an outstanding first day. The day's highest game was 90.5 percent by Kuchcinski as he slaughtered Anderson, 51-7.

After 14 games Martin, Kuchcinski, and Day remained undefeated. At 13-1 were Toole and Monasmith. At 12-2 were Focht and Hohl. Knotted at 11-3 were Allen, Steinfeldt and Reno. West and Zadroga were 10-4. Day (90.0 percent) clobbered Howard, 51-9 in just 30 shoes. Martin (90.0 percent) blasted Howard, 50-30. Focht fell to Maddox, 50-38.

In a great upset, Hohl was had by Manker, 50-43. Allen bowed to Reno, 50-24. Reno was out skirmished by Focht, 50-39. Steinfeldt was edged by Allen 52-48 in 132 shoes and was later stopped by Focht, 5032. Zadroga fell to Potts, 52-40; Allen 55-40; and Focht, 52-38. West was beaten by Zadroga, 53-47; Reno, 50-41; and shocked by Anderson, 52-44.

After 21 games Martin and Kuchcinski were still perfect. Kuchcinski's high percentage was 90.0 against Potts in a 52-7 cakewalk. Martin had the high game of the tournament with 91.2 while punishing Hugh Rogers, 52-11. Next at 20-1 was Day. Curt had his winning streak snapped at 27 by young Ronnie Simmons, although Curt pitched 80.4 percent. Ronnie put together an 87.3 percent, his tournament best, in this 52-27 victory. Deadlocked at 18-3 were Toole, Steinfeldt, and Reno. Toole lost to Griggs, 52-37 and later to Allen, 51-35. At 17 -4 were Zadroga, Focht, and Hohl. Focht lost a 52-48 heartbreaker to Toole and was later hammered by Day, 50-19. Hohl was upset by Griggs, 52-40 and Anthony, 50-41.

After 28 games, young Dan stood alone at 28-0. At 27-1 were Day and Martin. Ray's unbeaten streak was ended in game 23 by Paul Focht in an easy 50-22 win as Ray only pitched 62.9 percent. After these three, everyone else had at least five losses.

The final day in game 29, Harold Anthony gave Ted Allen the beating of his career. Anthony slaughtered Ted, 53-4 in only 38 shoes as Ted could only toss 47.4 percent, his worst game ever. The leaders each won their first game. In game 31, Martin was massacred by Day, 52-23. In game 32, Kuchcinski beat back his nearest challenger, Day, 51-32 to open a two game lead on the field with only three left! In game 33, Dan pitched 87.0 percent for 154 shoes only to have his unbeaten string stopped by Elmer Hohl, 50-47 as Elmer tossed 87.7 percent in this unbelievable classic. Now Dan only had a one game lead as both contenders came through with victories.

To be World Champion one must somehow be able to survive the last day. Often this is heartbreak trail. In game 34, Dan dashed former champion Monasmith, 52-30. Day, after surviving Toole, 53-44 in game 33, now escaped Hohl, 50-45 to stay alive. Martin handled Toole, 50-38 to set up a great final game showdown. In game 35, Curt Day relinquished his crown by losing a heartbreaker to Monasmith, 51-48.

In the Martin-Kuchcinski match, Ray needed a win to create a playoff situation. This 114 shoe game might be considered the tensest of all time. After 112 shoes the score was knotted at 49-49! Martin pitched first and threw but one ringer. Dan's first shoe was also on the stake. In what Dan describes as the heaviest shoe of his life, shoe number two was tossed. This landed in the box and rolled near the stake to give young Dan Kuchcinski his first World Championship.

Some people tend to think that the close shoe point should be eliminated in World Tournament play. What people don't realize is that by the time the score was 49-49, Martin had counted three more single points than Dan to set up this final pitch! For the game, Dan averaged 81.6 percent to Ray's 80.7 percent. Ray Martin's career much imitated the great Casey Jones in that even after great years, these hard luck pitchers were never meant to be World Champions!

Dan Kuchcinski, the first World Champion from Pennsylvania, became the youngest World Champion since the great Putt Mossman who won this spectacular in 1924. Will Gullickson would soon write a book about Danny "The Kid", the only Champion to be so honored by a publication entirely on him! North Dakota, in its only World Tournament, had one of the most exciting of all time!

1967 World Tournament Fargo, N.D. - July 30-Aug. 8, 1967
1. Danny KuchcinskiErie, Pa.528341 2219 2630 84.4
2. Curt DayFrankfort, Ind.D.C.323 2191 2690 81.4
3. Ray MartinPhilo, Ill.534323 2346 2898 81.0
4. Elmer HohlWellesley, Ont., Can.539287 2385 296280.5
5. Paul FochtDayton, Ohio508269 2281 299676.1
6. John MonasmithYakima, Wash.5452510 2233 2824 79.1
7. Harold RenoSabina, Ohio5232510 2048 271475.5
8. Carl SteinfeldtRochester, N.Y.5232411 2229 2818 79.1
9. Henry KnauftSpokane, Wash.5142312 2013 2640 76.3
10. Floyd TooleLittle Rock, Ark.5442312 2057 2750 74.8
11. Frank StinsonMinneapolis, Minn.4972312 2047 2778 73.7
12. Al ZadrogaElizabeth, Pa.521 22 13 2151 288274.6
13. Ellis GriggsPlainville, Ill.5082213 2039 273874.5
14. Harold AnthonyArcanum, Ohio5032015 1962 2722 72.1
15. Jim SolomonUniontown, Pa.5231916 2117 2860 74.0
16. Bob WestMcMinnville, Ore.5101916 2076 282673.5
17. Ted AllenBoulder, Colo.5141916 1883 2616 72.0
18. Red HentonMaquoketa, Iowa4841817 2147 2854 75.2
19. Dave BakerWentworth, Mo.4821817 1958 264873.9
20. Ed FishelNeilton, Wash.5181817 1933 2700 71.6
21. Hugh RogersCedar Falls, Iowa5031718 2006 277272.4
22. Ronnie SimmonsSouth Gate, Cal.5071718 1997 2768 72.1
23. Ralph MaddoxPoca, West Virginia5211421 2074 2832 73.2
24. Melvin UtleyChicago, Ill.4861421 1826 2584 70.7
25. Merlin PottsLeonardville, Kansas5101421 1770 2578 68.7
26. Andy PaglariniHibbing, Minn.5091223 1787 2598 68.8
27. John WalkerChula Vista, Cal.4861223 1837 2672 68.8
28. Sam SuttonWashington, Pa.4911025 1894 2698 70.2
29. Stan MankerMartinsville, Ohio5041025 1943 2804 69.3
30. Floyd FowlerGreencastle, Ind.481827 1673 2470 67.7
31. Lester AndersonSan Francisco, Cal.484827 1453 2332 62.3
32. Abe CarmackLecoma, Mo.494728 1586 2428 65.3
33. Roy RadcliffeDenver, Colo.485530 1497 2404 62.3
34. Jean HowardSelah, Wash.493530 1383 2224 62.2
35. Bob WilliamsCement City, Mich.493431 1392 2280 61.1
36. Francis RogersWaverly, Iowa503332 1597 2474 64.6