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HORSESHOE PITCHING GUIDE

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are formed into a league, as follows: the Groves, Inde-pendence, Heathwood Ringers, Orvilles, Linden Heights, and Shamrocks. The Groves won the championship of the league: won 647; lost 415; pct. .609. All games were of 21 points each. The highest scores were made by Andy Collins. In twelve games, on October 3, 1915, he registered 36 ringers and a tolta of 207 points, the scoring value of a ringer being 5 points. Bob Pierce led the league with a record of 92 games with 99 ringers, 1,249 points, an average of .617 pct.
    There are many good horseshoe pitchers in Kansas. The best known are Judge Walter Lacy, O. W. Anderson, of Kansas City, Ed. Hollingworth of Quinena, and Bob Comfort of Indianapolis.
    There have been six national tournaments held in Kansas City, at Heathwood Park, the most prominent one being held on October 23-24, 1915, for the championship of the world. Frank Elory Jackson of Blue Mound, Kansas, won the honor of being the first national champion of the United States and held the title for five years.

Horseshoe Pitching in Missouri
    The game is played in many parts of the State, most of the interest being in Kansas City, Missouri, account of the game being played across the Kaw river in Kansas. All tournaments have been held in Kansas City, the two cities taking part on equal basis. Among the most prominent pitchers from Missouri are J. C. Ogden, William Crick, Jack Erwin, Jack Donovan and Chas. Davis of Kansas City, Mo.; the State champion, John Riederer of Slater. All have shown great skill in the game.
    There is no State organization in either Kansas or Missouri, all games having been played under the direction of the Grand League of American horseshoe pitchers. With all the boosters in these two States there should be no trouble in organizing the game into State associations and holding a State tournament each year. The Kansas and Missouri horseshoe pitchers should take this as their cue for future plans.

Horseshoe Pitching in New Jersey
    No tournaments or known records of horseshoe pitching in New Jersey are to be found, except a tournament held in Atlantic City in 1918 which was won by Henry J. Bourne, who has visited St. Petersburg, Fla., for the national tournaments there. Outside of the Atlantic City tournament no other interest has come to the surface.
Horseshoe Pitching in Illinois

    Horseshoe pitching in Illinois began taking hold in 1919 but the game had been pitched several years previous. There are many horseshoe clubs in the State,