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HORSESHOE PITCHING GUIDE

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    In 1900 the Long Beach Tourist club was organized, Mr. W. S. Montgomery, an attorney, its first president being the moving spirit. Its 600 membership extended to 25 States and Canada. No special matches or tournaments have ever been held on the Pacific Coast, but the interest in the game has been kept alive by some fifteen or more clubs including Pasadena, Pomona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Glendale,. Whittier, Mouroria, South Park, Los Aangeles, and Fullerton. For several years confined to Long Beach, Redlands, Pasadena and Pomona were played, there being a great rivalry among them. Many excellent scores have been made, and several good horseshoe pitchers developed. The highest scores on record were made in 1919 by Denny Wilkinson, of Long Beach, and A. Bruce of Glendale, a boy of 18, who pitched 59 ringers each in a series of 5 games 21 points. Several other members of the different clubs have records of 40 to 55 ringers in the same number of games.
    The game has never been played by the national standard rules but the distance of 40 feet is played; 4-pound shoes are used, and to score, a pitched shoe has to be within 6 inches of the stake, which is more than a foot above the level of the ground; all scoring rules are same as the national. Many of the players have, their own ideas of the game, and did not seem to favor the national method of horseshoe pitching until, through the efforts of Mr. Geo. E. Krimbill, secretary of the Long yeach Tourist Club and the Buckeye horseshoe association of Ohio a State association known as the Golden State association of horseshoe pitchers of California was organized June 12, 1920, and perfected the following 26th day of June, electing the following officers:
    W. A. Hoyt, president, Long Beach.
    Geo. E. Krimbill, secretary, Long Beach.
    H. L. Smith, asst. secretary, Pasadena.
    T. Holman, treasurer, Glendale.
    All the officers are good live horseshoe boosters, and it is intended to hold the first State tournament ever held in California. The Golden State association promises to be one of the most active in the United States. They are looking forward to the time when they can hold a national tournament in their State.
    The Golden State association is affiliated with the Buckeye horseshoe pitching association of Ohio.

Horseshoe Pitching in Pennsylvania

    The game has not so much hold in Pennsylvania, although it borders on Ohio where the game is well organized. Several small tournaments have been held in the State, one at Uniontown, where there are 100 or more horseshoe pitchers. John M. Robinson of that city is one of the best pitchers in the State, having won the Uniontown tournament. Mr. David E. Bane, attorney at law, is one of the moving spirits in the State, also from Uniontown. A tournament was held in 1919 in Altoona,