EXERCISEºRECREATIONºSPORT


SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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serves to increase the competitive interest of players and spectators alike. It isn't that the spectators expect their favorite to win over the experts, but rather how many points he can score on them that attracts and holds the crowd. 2. The total-count method prevents certain games from developing into long, drawn-out "ringer marathons" on endurance contests between two experts. While these are of great interest to the immediate followers of the game, they soon become monotonous to the general public. 3. All match or tournament games are of equal duration which saves a great amount of time and delay in running OFF a tournment. When a large number of entrants are involved, time and efficiency are highly important factors. 4. All points made are scored and credited to the player who earns them. Thus, when an average pitcher is matched against an expert, he has a better chance to score a few points during the game, instead of being skunked and humiliated before a large crowd. For this reason alone, many new potential players have been encouraged to come out of their respective backyards and join a club or association. Being able to score a few points on the champion serves to keep up the enthusiastic interest of many who would otherwise drop out altogether.

   As for the experts, the results remain the same. They win anyway and their ringer percentages are not affected in the least. The cancel method is excellent for an exhibition match between two champions but it is, primarily, a "ringer system" that favors the experts who are greatly in the minority. The National Association owes its existence to the average pitcher and cannot expect him to support a system of rules that are outdated and undemocratic for the majority of its members.

   All other major sports, such as golf, tennis, basketball, boxing and baseball, are scored by the total-point method. Why not horseshoes? What would happen to baseball today if the first, second, third base and infield hits were eliminated and all emphasis placed only on the home run? Instead of the many prosperous leagues, playing in well kept ball parks and stadiums filled with thousands of enthusiastic fans, the players would be tossing the ball about, in a listless sort of way, on a weed and rubbish covered sandlot!

   Generally speaking, this is the present predicament of the Horseshoe Pitching Sport. Our scoring system should be thoroughly renovated and brought up to date to fit the times! The game is too cheap and many players have no incentive to support it unless they derive some benefit in return. Due to jealousy, selfishness, lack of vision and organization, the game has been and will continue to remain locked up in the barnyard unless something is done to make it more appealing. All other sports look and plan ahead by changing their rules to conform with the public demand. This is

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