EXERCISEºRECREATIONºSPORT


SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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   The first tournament, in which competition was open to the world, was won by Frank Jackson, in the summer of 1909, at Bronson, Kansas. Tournaments were held in Kansas City, Missouri, or Kansas, nearly every succeeding year, with Jackson successfully defending his title each time. The first official world's tournament was won by him at Kansas City, Kansas, October 23-24, 1915. Frank Jackson is known as "The Grand Old Man of the Horseshoe Game," and has held the world's championship title more years than any other man since world's championship tournaments have been held.

   Harold Falor, "the boy wonder" was only 15 years old when he won the world's title at St. Petersburg, Florida, in February 1923, from a field of 29 other contestants, including Jackson, Davis and Lundin. His parents thought his education was of more importance than horseshoe pitching, so he did not compete in another national tournament until February, 1928. When he won the title in 1923, a score card, that recorded the number of shoes pitched by each player, was used for the first time. This score card was arranged by D. D. Cottrell, former Secretary of the National Association, who had charge of the official records. Prior to this tournament the game was played under various rules, and ringer percentages and other data were very incomplete because no record was made of the number of shoes pitched by each player. Percentages ranged from 4% to 31.2% for 21 point games.

   Putt Mossman, who is known as "the Babe Ruth of the horseshoe game," was 18 years old when he won his second national title. During his career, he pitched two record breaking games: one with Frank Jackson at the world's tournament held at Minneapolis, Minnesota, in September, 1924; the second one with Bert Duryee of Wichita, Kansas, in the meet at Lake Worth, Florida, February 25, 1925. Each man pitched 108 shoes; Mossman made 80 ringers and Duryee made 75 for a total of 155 ringers in one game. At the present time, this is not considered to be an extraordinary performance. Mossman has traveled all over the world with his famous show troup of motorcycle daredevils. His many national tours as a trick and fancy horseshoe pitcher spread the vogue of exhibition pitching which has done much to publicize the game.

   Charles C. Davis won his first World's Championship Title in February, 1922, at St. Petersburg, Florida. He won or successfully defended his title five different times. At St. Petersburg February 20 to March 1, 1928, he set a world's record which stood until 1933. His ringer percentage was 70.2% for a series of 33 games.

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