EXERCISEºRECREATIONºSPORT


SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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ment, list of prizes, entry fee, who is eligible to play, and other information.

   In the preliminary, have each player pitch 50 to 100 shoes. Count 3 for ringers and 1 for each shoe that is not a ringer and within 6 inches of the stake. The players with the highest score are to play in the finals. Each player may be numbered and drawings made from a hat to start play. Have 8 to 16 players in the finals. Each man is to play each of the others one 50 point game. This is known as a "round robin" tournament. The player winning the greatest number of games to be the winner. All ties are to be played off.

   Have an official score keeper and referee; also a man to keep the playing grounds in condition at each court.

EXHIBITION PITCHING

   The astonishing feats which many of the expert and champion pitchers can accomplish with a pair of horseshoes are a great tribute to the scientific progress of the sport. Successful stunt and trick pitching calls for perfect physical and mental coordination, the maximum of control and great ingenuity on the part of both the pitcher and his assistant. Only an experienced player, who possesses a thorough knowledge of the game, is qualified to perform many of the more dangerous stunts with the shoes. The beginner should realize this and not attempt them until he has become quite proficient. Many of these stunts are extremely dangerous and so difficult that the experts cannot guarantee to perform them every time. Here are a few of the clever tricks that a good exhibition pitcher can perform with the shoes:

   1. Demonstrate various turns; 2, Ring stakes hidden by a blanket; 3. Light and extinguish matches with pitched shoes; 4. Pitch ringers while blindfolded; 5. Ring the legs of a chair on which a person is seated; 6. Pitch ringers through hoops formed by another player's arms; 7. Throw a ringer around a person's finger; 8. Knock a paper bag off the head of the assistant; 9. Ring stake on which a person is resting his chin; 10. Flick the ashes off a cigar held in the assistant's mouth; 11. Ring stakes by pitching over a person's reclining body; 12. Place a ringer around a watch, egg, light bulb or small bottle.

   Many of the champions have 30 or more such stunts in their trick bags. Truly, the "grand old game" has progressed rapidly since the discovery of the open shoe! The precision designed equipment of today has made it possible for any good pitcher to atttain a ringer percentage of from 70% to 85%. A number of the

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