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HORSESHOE PITCHING GUIDE

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    Grand Trustees: Ben Mills, Kansas City, Missouri; H. Radenbaugh, Kansas City, Kansas; Henry Daley, Kansas City, Kansas.
    It is planned to form all existing organizations of a national scope into one national organization. The officers of the Grand League are in co-operation with all associations affiliated with the Buckeye Association to this end.

History of the National League of Horseshoe and Quoit Pitchers of the United States
    This organization is an offspring from the Sunshine Pleasure Club of St. Petersburg, Fla. As many people winter in the southern city several horseshoe pitchers visited the south each winter. The game became popular, and no known rules except as adopted in several States with no two alike. It was planned by the Board of Trade of St. Petersburg to hold a national horseshoe tournament. Such enthusiasm and widespread interest in playing the game and the holding of a national tournament resulted that a national association came into the making. On February 26, 1919, through the efforts of Harry G. Haynes of Akron, Ohio, and Dr. Beach of St. Petersburg, an organization was formed, there being horseshoe pitchers from 29 states. A national tournament was held in Williams Park, under the auspices of the St. Petersburg Board of Trade. After each day's pitching, meetings were held, and officers elected. Rules, constitution and by-laws were adopted, and many other details for the advancement of the sport. The tournament created interest in all parts of the country through publicity in all the largest newspapers. Entries from 29 states took part, many coming from distant, states to hurl the curved steel. Sport writers of many large papers covered the event. Soon the interest became nationwide. This tournament was one of the most successful in the history of the game. Medals were offered to the first three places and the winners showered with honors. Many wealthy people from all parts of the country journeyed to the south to witness the most unique tournament in the history of sports. Through publicity many inquiries came from every part of the country. The association published constitution, by-laws and rules in book form and spread them broadcast, to all the horseshoe fans in the country free of cost. Interest became so great that plans were laid for a national tournament in the winter of 1920, much publicity being given this event. Horseshoe pitchers from all parts if the country became interested, and made the trip to the sunny south for the high honors pitching horseshoes.
    Twenty-four men from nearly as many states took part Thousands of people attended the meet and enthusiasm ran so high that many came early in the day so as to be able to see the contest. These events in the horseshoe game were carried out with credit to the officers of the National League. They have, through hard work,