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HORSESHOE PITCHING GUIDE

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Buckeye horseshoe association is open to assist in any part of the United States to carry out these ideas. This is the contribution of the Buckeye Horseshoe Pitching Association of Ohio to the game and the horseshoe pitchers of the country.

Horseshoe Pitching in Minnesota

    Horseshoe pitching having spread to many parts of the country, Minnesota took to the game, and gave it one of its biggest boosts.
    In 1919, shortly before June 1, there appeared in the Minneapolis daily newspapers accounts of the plans for the summer activities of the Park Board Playgrounds. Several times casual mention was made of an attempt to revive the old game of horseshoe pitching. These notices brought many inquiries from those who used to pitch Dobbin's steel cast-offs, that the interest became so great, plans were made to organize a city horseshoe club under the auspices of the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners. Fans and horseshoe enthusiasts held several meetings, and the interest seemed to spread like wild fire to all parts of the city. The game began to be played on all the park playgrounds, vacant lots, back yards, alleys and other parts of the city.
    A summary of the horseshoe activities of the first sea-son showed that the interest taken in the game was so great that it was decided to hold an inter-city tournament.
    Two city tournaments were held with more than 1100 entries. Sixty medals and 180 ribbons were awarded. Fifty-one of these medals were awarded by the Minneapolis Daily News, and nine by the Board of Park Commissioners. Minneapolis players won the Hennepin County horseshoe tournament in singles and doubles at Hopkins, Minn. Two representatives, Murray Johnson and E. O. Nordstrom were sent to Kansas City and took part in the tournament of the Grand League of American Horseshoe Pitchers.
    It is estimated that 2000 or more men pitched horse-shoes in. Minneapolis the season of 1919. In St. Paul the game was revived the same as in the city of Minneapolis. Two tournaments were held, one under the auspices of the St. Paul horseshoe club, the other by the St. Paul Daily News. In October a State section meet was held at Dunning Field, St. Paul with 14 four-man teams entered from the twin cities and suburbs. Hopkins won. the singles and doubles championship and Minneapolis the team championship.
    The Hopkins horseshoe club conducted a tournament at the Hennepin County Fair, which was a great success. Other nearby towns organized clubs and conducted tournaments. Notably among them were Stillwater, Norwood, St. Louis Park, Lake Marion, Hutchinson and Hopkins.
    Interest in the game had developed so strongly by fall