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HORSESHOE PITCHING GUIDE

by Art Headlough, © 1920
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Those Who Have Contributed Publicity on the
Horseshoe Game
    In 1915-1916-1917 the Scripps-McRae newspapers held the state tournament at Columbus, Ohio, and gave the game the first big boost in the country.
    In 1919 the Newspaper Enterprise Association gave the national tournament at St. Petersburg, Fla., one of the biggest boosts of any newspaper association in the country. In 1920 this same association, in connection with the Central News Association, both gave the game another boost that was heard across the country.
    In the summer of 1920 the Newspaper Enterprise Association again gave the game a big boost. It played up the national tournament at Akron, Ohio, that was heard in all parts of the United States and Canada. This association giving the game the biggest boost in its history, and through their efforts the game is known in all parts of the country and has resulted in the forming of what promises to be the greatest sporting organization ever formed in the country.
    In 1915 the Associated Press gave some publicity to the national tournament in Kansas City, Kansas, but the game was young in the way of standard rules, etc., but this publicity was a started for the big time the game is getting to be today.
    Other newspapers to boost the game are: Chicago Evening American, Minneapolis Daily News, Akron Press, Philadelphia North American, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Evening Times, Boston Post, New York Times, Akron Beacon Journal, Kansas City Star, Duluth Daily News, Columbus Citizen, Chicago Daily Drovers Journal, Literary Digest, Cleveland Press, St. Petersburg Times.

History of the Game of Horshoe Pitching

    The game of horseshoe pitching no doubt originated from the game of quoits. The game of quoits ante-dates from the beginning of the Christian era, there being no horseshoes at that time. Therefore the game of horseshoe pitching is an old one, the horseshoe being substituted for the game of quoits.
    The public games of Greece and Rome were athletic contests and spectacles of various kinds, generally connected and forming with some part of a religious observance. For them each youth was trained in the gymnasium. They were the central mart where poet, artist, merchant, each brought his wares, and the common ground of union for every member of the Hellenic race. It is to Greece, then, that we must look to for the earliest form and the fullest development of ancient games. The earliest games of which there are any record were the funeral of Patroclus, which form the subject of the twenty-third Iliad.
    The Olympian games were the earliest and to the last they remained the most celebrated of the four Greecian