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HORSESHOE PITCHING GUIDE

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Petersburg, Fla. It did not favor the northern tournament but the new Ohio association, being the first State horseshoe pitchers' association in the United States was alive and made pressure so hard that it finally landed a tournament for 1920, and began plans to carry out the same, at the same time to organize the country into a parent body to govern the horseshoe sport.
    The Buckeye Horseshoe Pitching Association soon made itself known throughout the United States and Canada. It gave out information of all kinds to all who ask for it, at the same time making eevry effort to form State associations in all States where the game was popular, and invading the States where the game had been laid aside.
    Following the organization of the Buckeye Association came the organization of a State association in Minnesota, in the late fall of 1919. By this time the game became popular in several parts of the country.
    The national tournament in Akron, Ohio, August 8, 1920, was given wide publicity over 800 newspapers car-rying a story on the event. Horseshoe pitchers from far and wide began to make inquiries how to play the game; interest became so great that hundreds of letters were answered, explaining the horseshoe game.
    On the 12th day of June, 1920, the California State Horseshoe Association organized making four States where organized efforts were made to regulate the game by standard rules. Then on July 30, 1920, the Nebraska State Horseshoe Pitchers Association was organized, and followed by Iowa, making a total of some 30,000 horse-shoe pitchers in the United States all affiliated under one rules, and standards. Then interest was worked up so great that men in all walks of life began to take up the game which had been looked down on in former years as a game with nothing but luck. This game with an ancient lineage, from the Romans and Greeks, is fast becoming a popular sport. In two years there will be a State horseshoe pitching association in every State in the United States. It is one game where championships are won and lost on small things. Thus ends the history on the game of horseshoe pitching up to the national tournament at Akron, Ohio, in 1920.

History of the Grand League American Horseshoe Pitchers' Association
    This is perhaps the oldest organization governing the horseshoe game in existence. The game having become popular in Kansas and vicinity, several loyal boosters for the game called a meeting in the court room of the First District Court of Kansas City, Kansas, on the sixth day of May, 1914, and organized the first horseshoe association in America, known as the Grand League of American Horseshoe Pitchers Association. The association was organized as the results of the concerted efforts on the part of those whose ambitions were to advance the sport through organization. Through the untiring efforts of