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1971 World Tournament
Middlesex, N.J. - July 31-Aug. 10, 1971

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:

1971 World Tournament

New Jersey, a state with a rich horseshoe pitching heritage, was finally hosting this great event. Schafer Brewing Company made the largest single financial donation in World Tournament history, ensuring its great success. This field was so strong that there would be only three rookies, a record for a 36 man group. Amazingly, in the history of the World Tournament, only one man has ever pitched every game over 80 percent for a complete tournament. This was Ted Allen in 1955. Elmer Hohl, though, still holds the record for most consecutive games over 80 percent. Elmer's record is 44: the last 34 of 1968 and the first 10 of 1969. Perhaps this great assemblage would do something of equal magnitude.

The three rookies were Burl Taylor, Dick Maroni, and Mark Seibold. This was Burl's only appearance. Dick would appear again. Mark was a graduate of the fine Junior Division, winning two championships while there. Mark was headed for the top 25 of all time in a very short time.

After seven games only Hohl and Day were undefeated. At 6-1 were Walker and Kuchcinski. Knotted at 5-2 were Rademacher, Vogel, Focht, Baker, Maison, West, Martin, Martz, and Snyder. John lost to Simmons, 52-32 and to Maison, 52-41. Roger fell to Potts, 52-26 and to West, 50-37. Paul succumbed to Potts, 52-33 and to Anthony, 50-43. Dave was bettered by Hohl, 51-32 and Day, 51-25. Doc was handled by West, 50-35 and Reno, 50-21. Bob was upended by Stinson, 52-35 and Potts, 52-38. Ray was shaded by Austin, 51-44 and Vogel, 52-44. Clyde was tamed by Day, 53-23 and edged by Vogel, 51-49. Walker was smashed by Day, 52-13. Kuchcinski was battered by Maddox, 50-32. Martin was zapped by Vogel, 51-30 and Anthony, 50-41. Ray (91.7 percent) blistered Allen, 52-5. Hohl (92.5 percent) drubbed Bruce, 51-9. Day (92.4 percent) smashed Anthony, 50-11. Curt later clubbed Maroni, 50-11 with 90.8 percent.

After 14 games Hohl and Day still remained perfect. Defending World Champion Kuchcinski was now 13-1. At 11-3 were Rademacher, Focht, West, Martin, Reno, Seibold, and Walker. At 10-4 was Maison. John's lone loss was to Fenicchia, 55-38. Paul bowed to Martz, 52-27. Bob was topped by Simmons, 51-40. Ray was upset by Copeland, 50-33. Harold and Mark won all seven. Walker was edged by Kuchcinski, 5048 and jarred by Knisley, 50-27. Doc was repelled by Day, 51-36 and Martz, 52-36. Martz and Vogel were raked for three losses and Smith for four as they dropped back from the pacesetters. Day (90.2 percent)jolted Allen, 54-21. Martin (90.7 percent) pummelled Paglarini, 51-6. West (90.0 percent) jumped Allen, 51-16. Knisley (94.2 percent)squashed Paglarini, 50-3. Paglarini took Simmons, 52-45 in 122 shoes, gaining his first win after losing 11 straight.

After 21 games, the still unbeaten Day had opened up a two game lead. In game 21, Curt won the pivotal match with Hohl, 51-32. In game 17, Clyde Martz proved 1970 was no fluke as he upset Hohl, 5149 in a tremendous thriller. Elmer (92.3 percent) bashed Solomon, 5012. Tied with Hohl at 19-2 was Kuchcinski. Dan was mastered by Hohl, 52-44. Earlier, Dan (90.0 percent) jousted Bruce, 51-22. Even at 17 -4 were Reno and rookie Seibold. Harold had a 13 game winning streak snapped by Baker, 50-40. Earlier, Reno punished Austin, 51-8 with a 93.9 percent. Mark had won 12 in a row before being drubbed by Day, 51-19. Anthony (85.4 percent) nipped Zadroga (84.7 percent) by a score of 50-47 in 144 shoes. Smith was trimmed by Martin, 50-39 in 120 shoes. Vogel went down to Walker, 51-41 in 122 shoes. Simmons was taken by Knisley, 51-40 in 132 shoes. Maison was edged by Walker, 51-48 in 128 shoes. Martin was dropped by West, 52-42 in 122 shoes. Walker lost a 54-43 decision to West in 124 shoes.

After 28 games Day was still unbeaten. Hohl at 26-2 and young Seibold at 24-4 were all who still had any hope of overtaking Curt. Day (93.1 percent) humiliated fellow Hoosier Craig, 50-1. No one had yet scored 40 points on Curt. Martin was out pitched by Reno, 51-48 in 138 shoes. Hohl had squeezed by Potts, 52-46 and Focht, 51-43. Seibold fought off Martin, 50-47.

In game 29 all three contenders breezed. In game 30, Hohl was forced to 126 shoes to stave off Martin, 52-44 and had to pitch 85.7 percent to do so. Seibold worked for 142 shoes to shake off Kuchcinski, 5442. Bob West and Paul Focht locked up in a titanic struggle. In this masterpiece, West (87.8 percent) bested Focht (85.4 percent) 52-43 in 164 shoes, the tournament's longest game! Knisley struck down Hohl, 50-44. No problems were encountered by Seibold or Day.

In game 32, Knisley eliminated Seibold with a solid 54-18 whacking. In game 33, Sutton (91.3 percent) creamed Copeland, 52-13. Martz (91.5 percent) lambasted Potts, 52-17. Seibold fell to Reno, 53-37. Hohl held off West, 52-44 in 134 shoes.

Curt Day locked up the World Tournament in his hardest game, a 50-46 win over Focht. Now, to hurdle the final day jinx for undefeateds, Curt had to beat Martin, a tremendous obstacle. In game 34, Curt did just that by a 52-41 score. Hohl was beaten by Reno, 50-46. Walker (91 percent) trounced Simmons, 54-19. Kuchcinski took Focht, 51-25 in 120 shoes. Baker (91.1 percent) throttled Solomon, 52-6. In game 35, Baker dusted Zadroga, 50-31 in 124 shoes. Hohl, already in possession of second place, walloped Seibold, 51-18 by tossing 94.7 percent. John Walker silently captured third place by winning his last 16 games.

Curt Day had annexed his second World Title, this time going undefeated! Curt was the eleventh man to do this and became the 10th man to win at least two championships. Indiana's all time greatest had only three games under 80 percent and none below 75 percent. He left this field in shambles, marching to his title.


1971 World Tournament Middlesex, N.J. - July 31-Aug. 10, 1971
QualW.L.R.Sp.Pet.
1. Curt Day Frankfort, Ind. 529 35 0 2387 2810 84.9
2. Elmer Hohl Wellesley, Ont. Can. 518 31 4 2480 2956 83.9
3. John Walker Chula Vista, Cal. 501 29 6 2302 2818 81.7
4. Mark Seibold Huntington, Ind. 518 28 7 2464 3122 78.9
5. Clyde Martz Pittsburgh, Pa. 501 27 8 2263 2828 80.0
6. Harold Reno Sabina, Ohio 529 27 8 2289 2922 78.3
7. Ray Martin Philo, Ill. 540 25 10 2490 3096 80.4
8. Bob West Scappoose, Ore. 516 25 10 2435 3038 80.2
9. Dan Kuchcinski Erie, Pa. D.C. 25 10 2189 2738 79.9
10. Gerald Maison Warren, Mich. 511 25 10 2165 2770 78.2
11. Jim Knisley Bremen, Ohio 521 23 12 2386 3034 78.6
12. Dave Baker Wentworth, Mo. 515 23 12 2250 2780 78.4
13. Paul Focht Dayton Ohio 533 21 14 2374 3044 78.0
14. Merlin Potts Leonardville, Kansas 499 20 15 2233 2900 77.0
15. Ronnie Simmons Norwalk, Cal. 507 20 15 2281 2964 77.0
16. Roger Vogel Manito, Ill. 512 20 15 2236 2962 75.5
17. Al Zadroga Elizabeth,Pa. 515 19 16 2155 2822 76.4
18. John Rademacher Plant City, Fla. 536 19 16 2087 2760 75.6
19. Ralph Maddox Poca, West Virginia 505 17 18 2156 2858 75.4
20. Clair Bruce New Castle, Pa. 507 16 19 1990 2724 73.1
21. Roy Smith Muskegon, Mich. 516 16 19 1874 2604 72.0
22. Ansil Copeland Akron, Ohio 493 15 20 1799 2536 70.9
23. Harold Anthony Arcanum, Ohio 495 14 21 2082 2804 74.3
24. Sam Sutton Washington, Pa. 489 13 22 2075 2812 73.8
25. Karl Van Sant Cayuga, Ind. 504 11 24 2046 2816 72.7
26. Steve Fenicchia Rochester, N.Y. 497 11 24 1930 2704 71.4
27. Marvin Craig Parker, Ind. 513 11 24 1835 2582 71.1
28. Abe Austin Oak Park. Ill. 497 11 24 1708 2520 67.8
29. Jim Solomon Uniontown, Pa. 511 10 25 1635 2426 67.4
30. Jack Giddes Warren, N.J. 493 9 26 1914 2684 71.3
31. Frank Stinson Minneapolis, Minn. 509 9 26 1769 2566 68.9
32. Ted Allen Boulder, Colo. 493 7 28 1855 2670 69.5
33. Dick Maroni Arnold, Pa. 489 7 28 1546 2384 64.8
34. Andy Paglarini Hibbing,Minn. 496 6 29 1688 2498 67.6
35. Burl Taylor Greencastle, Ind. 501 5 30 1676 2534 66.1
36. Jerry Schneider Pico Rivera, Cal. 519 Forfeited, illness