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1975 World Tournament
Lafayette, Ind. . July 25-Aug. 3, 1975

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:

1975 World Tournament

The World Tournament came back to Indiana, this time to Lafayette, the home of the Purdue Boilermakers and of N.H.P.A. Historian Robert Pence. Curt Day would defend his World Title in his home state. Very few men have ever had this opportunity. Only George May in 1920 and Ted Allen in 1934 had had this honor before and Allen came through with a successful defense.

An unusually high number of rookies made the field, a total of 11. Making their only appearance to date were Ambrose, Kienia, Woodrow Martin, Napier, Prottsmann, and Holland. Ambrose, Martin, Napier, and Sportsman were well respected in their home states and would now get an unforgettable experience. Kienia and Holland were graduates of the Junior Division where each won the World Championship.

Other rookies who would make return visits were Griffin, Dorney, Roseberry, Vandegriff, and Fahey. Roseberry was weaned on the tough Ohio competition so he had nothing to fear. And the same for Vandegriff over in Iowa. Fahey, known as "Kentucky Jack", will probably end up accomplishing more than any other pitcher in Kentucky history. Jack is now knocking on the door of the all time Top 100.

Griffin was the hottest new star in the Midwest and Dorney had been pitching superbly in the East. They would now each be stiffly tested. The only thing that hindered this World meet were the adverse weather conditions: wind in the mornings and afternoons were troublesome to those qualifying during this time period. Rain would cause the withdrawal of two Hoosiers who could not stay the extra duration due to work commitments.

After seven games those undefeated were Bellman, Zadroga, Hohl and defending champion Day. At 6-1 were Kabel and Seibold. Deadlocked with 5-2 records were Potts, Anthony, Ray Martin, Kuchcinski, and Knisley. Kabel was edged by Gonzales, 50-48. Seibold fell to Ray Martin, 52-46 in the opening game. Potts was upset by rookie Napier, 51-45 and Day, 52-34. Anthony was cracked by Bellman, 52-35 and Ray Martin, 50-28. Ray was clobbered by Zadroga, 50-19 and Potts, 50-30. Kuchcinski was cuffed by rookie Griffin, 53-28 and Bellman, 50-25. Knisley was edged by rookie Dorney, 52-46 and by Seibold, 51-44, although Jim pitched 83.3 percent. Mark probably remembered his debacle from the year before. Elmer Hohl (95.2 percent) blanked rookie Holland, 52-0.

After 14 games Hohl stood alone, now being the only undefeated. At 13-1 were Indiana's duo of Bellman and Day. Tied at 12-2 were Kabel and Zadroga. Kuchcinski and Seibold were 11-3. At 10-4 were Focht and Knisley. Ray Martin had now lost nine straight. Anthony had dropped four more. Potts lost five more. In Rioux's first 10 games, he had been beaten seven times while being in the king row. Bellman (86.8 percent) lost a 136 shoe super match to Day (91.2 percent) by a 51-34 score. Day earlier was upset by Griffin, 50-44. Kabel was beaten by friend Focht, 51-39, right after Wilbur snuffed "Big John" Napier, 50-3 with 91.6 percent. Zadroga was shaded by Bellman, 50-49 and Walker, 50-43. Kuchcinski was bounced by Walker, 50-28. Seibold, after giving shelter to Riffle from the rain, was properly rewarded the next game by being tripped by the grateful Riffle, 50-42. Mark next lost to Potts, 50-44. Focht was downed by Zadroga, 50-41. Knisley lost two more close ones: 50-49 to Kabel and 50-41 to Day. Griffin handled Solomon, 50-38 in 136 shoes. After 11 straight losses, Roseberry got his first victory at the expense of Holland, 52-41. Max, like Knisley, would lose nine games while being in the 40's. Rioux would lose 12 games in this manner. Kienia upset Walker, 50-45. Reel (89.7 percent) mastered Ray Martin, 52-36 and Chet hit 85.0 percent busting Kienia, 52-14. Ambrose upset Stinson, 50-34. Gonzales thumped Riffle, 51-9. Maddox drubbed Ray Martin, 52-18. Knisley (90.5 percent) humbled Anthony, 51-7. Hohl (91.3 percent) whomped Napier, 51-5. After 21 games Hohl still was the leader at 20-1. Day remained hot on his heels at 19-2. At 18-3 were Zadroga and Seibold, with Mark on a 12 game winning streak trying to overcome his early deficit. Equal at 17-4 were Kabel and Bellman. In game 21, Henton bushwhacked Hohl, 52-48 in 136 shoes. Day was ambushed by Norwood, 52-45. Zadroga was shocked by Ambrose, 54-36. Kabel bowed to Hohl, 52-46 and "Big AI" Zadroga, 52-35. Bellman was stunned by Roseberry, 52-43; Woodrow Martin, 53-38; and jolted by Kabel, 52-26. Ray Martin (92.0 percent) scorched Craig, 50-4. Domey out battled Kuchcinski, 50-47 in 134 shoes. Griffin fell to Kabel, 50-43 in 124 shoes. Seibold (91.4 percent) smashed Craig, 51-10 and Fahey, 51-4 with 91.2 percent. Knisley after pitching six straight games over 85 percent was shocked by Ambrose, 50-46 and blew a lead on Focht, losing 50-46. Day (90 percent) throttled Van Sant, 50-5.

After 28 games, Hohl opened up a two game lead over Day and Seibold, who had now won 19 straight. Elmer now was 27-1. Curt and Mark were 25-3. All others had at least six losses and would soon be eliminated. Elmer had yet to face Curt or Mark. In game 23, Fahey received a rousing ovation as he finally scored his first triumph, a 52-35 victory over Woodrow Martin. Maddox measured Henton, 50-41 in 124 shoes. Ambrose shocked Bellman, 50-36. Norwood surprised Kabel, 5449 in 132 shoes. Riffle cuffed Ray Martin, 52-37. Griffin edged Bellman, 51-44 in 120 shoes. Kuchcinski (88.5 percent) turned back Kabel (83.6 percent) by a 51-31 score. Zadroga lost three times: 54-26 to Gonzales; 52-45 to Griffin; and was thumped by Knisley, 50-10. Seibold edged Bellman, 52-46 and knocked off Anthony, 52-30 in 130 shoes. Mark had pitched over 80 percent in 14 straight games.

In game 29, the three contenders won. Seibold nudged Gonzales, 5244. In game 30, all three won again. Day fought by Anthony, 51-46 and Seibold nipped Kabel, 55-49. Kuchcinski fell to Henton, 53-42 in 142 shoes. Don Sportsman ended a 22 game losing skein by upsetting Solomon, 50-49. In game 31, Hohl (93.6 percent) scorched Maddox, 50-6. Zadroga halted Seibold's 21 game winning streak, 52-47. In game 32, all three contenders won. Knisley lost his ninth heartbreaker, 51-44 to Bellman. Earlier, Jim (92.8 percent) pounded Griffin, 51-6. In game 33, Day measured Hohl, 50-37 to move within one game. Seibold now trailed by two. In game 34, Seibold's 80 percent or better string stopped at 19 games as Mark was eliminated by Day, 50-43. Henton (91.1 percent) smashed Van Sant, 51-4. In game 35, Hohl (87 percent) whipped Seibold, 51-25, but did not back into the title since Curt was relinquishing his crown by losing to Zadroga, 52-37.

The great Canadian had now equalled the feat of C.C. Davis by winning his fifth World Championship. Now only Jackson, Allen, and Isais had more titles. Much like Jackson's 1920 win, Elmer had regained his crown on the defending champion's home turf. This was Elmer's 16th straight World Tournament averaging over 80 percent, and Day's 13th in a row. Elmer's accomplishments won't be fully realized until many years from now when some legend will be chasing his records, much as Elmer has been chasing the greatest pitchers in the game before him.


1975 World Tournament Lafayette, Ind. - July 25-Aug. 3, 1975
QualW.L.R.Sp.Pet.
1. Elmer Hohl Wellesley, Ont., Can. 550 33 2 2267 2682 84.5
2. Curt Day Frankfort, Ind. D.C. 31 4 2243 2738 81.9
3. Mark Seibold Huntington, Ind. 540 29 6 2336 2882 81.1
4. Al Zadroga Elizabeth, Pa. 551 28 7 2137 2744 77.9
5. Clarence Bellman Bremen, Ind. 521 26 9 2367 3016 78.5
6. Wilbur Kabel New Madison, Ohio 521 26 9 1812 2334 77.6
7. Glen Henton Maquoketa, Iowa 530 25 10 2309 2922 79.0
8. Jim Knisley Bremen, Ohio 513 24 11 2228 2780 80.1
9. Dan Kuchcinski Portland, Ind. 534 24 11 2231 2856 78.1
10. Paul Focht Dayton, Ohio 508 24 11 2082 2816 73.9
11. Larry Griffin Paris, Ill. 508 23 12 2353 3042 77.4
12. Ray Martin Philo, Ill. 500 23 12 2106 2800 75.2
13. Ed Dorney Sutton, Mass. 528 22 13 2181 2920 74.7
14. Roger Norwood Knoxville, Tenn. 501 20 15 2075 2796 74.2
15. Glenn Rime Dayton, Ohio 503 20 15 1874 2564 73.1
16. Harold Anthony Arcanum, Ohio 527 19 16 2207 2906 75.9
17. John Walker Chula Vista, Cal. 497 19 16 2125 2832 75.0
18. Merlin Potts Leonardville, Kansas 517 19 16 2117 2828 74.9
19. Jesse Gonzales Los Osos, Cal. 514 18 17 2013 2735 73.6
20. Larye Ambrose Jackson, Minn. 501 18 17 1888 2638 71.6
21. Ralph Maddox Poca, West Virginia 531 17 18 2161 2898 74.6
22. Norm Rioux Montville, Conn. 512 15 20 1929 2622 73.6
23. Frank Stinson Minneapolis, Minn. 512 15 20 1866 2664 70.0
24. Al Stockholm Tully, N.Y. 515 14 21 1803 2578 69.9
25. Chet Reel Kokomo, Ind. 518 12 23 1944 2708 71.8
26. Carl Van Sant Cayuga, Ind. 523 12 23 1828 2654 68.9
27. Max Roseberry Marion, Ohio 506 12 23 1825 2622 69.6
28. Doug Kienia Wells, Maine 522 12 23 1765 2568 68.7
29. Bill Vandegriff Fairfield, Iowa 495 11 24 1601 2422 66.1
30. Jim Solomon Uniontown, Pa. 503 10 25 1978 2796 70.7
31. Woodrow Martin Peking, Ill. 509 10 25 1616 2424 66.7
32. John Napier Hamilton, Ohio 504 9 26 1524 2354 64.7
33. Jack Fahey Lexington, Ky. 502 6 29 1401 2268 61.8
34. Don Prottsmann Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 497 5 30 1067 1932 55.2
35. Marvin Craig Parker, Ind. Forfeit
36. Bill Holland Indianapolis, Ind. Forfeit