EXERCISEºRECREATIONºSPORT


SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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and governing the conduct of players, they were never intended to instruct one in the scientific art of pitching. This knowledge must be acquired from other sources and applied through long periods of patient practice. However, it isn't so much the amount but HOW one trains that is important.

   The author does not profess to be a master of the art of throwing ringers or to know all about the game. Many persons are far better qualified, both from a playing and writing standpoint, to compile a book of this kind. Nevertheless, it isn't necessary for one to be a world's champion in order to understand the game. Very few, if any, of the national champions have attempted to write a book of this son, however, a number of them have furnished, through personal and written interviews, a great deal of the information set forth on the following pages. Combined with this is the writer's personal experiences which have been laboriously gained over a period of years in playing and studying the game. While some experts may not fully agree with all the methods outlined, they realize that a definite set of rules cannot be made to govern everyone and that all who play the game must master their fundamentals. Therefore, if a few slight differences of opinions exist, they are of no great importance. In fact, if this book will influence the reader to pay more attention to his fundamentals, it will have well served its purpose.

   Comment is especially invited and any additional information which the reader may care to submit will be greatly appreciated in case another edition of this work is published. A special effort has been made to describe all phases of the game in a simple and comprehensive manner.

   The second purpose of this book is to help create more publicity for the horseshoe pitching sport by making the general public more conversant with its many splendid merits. Heretofore, a lack of both proper instruction and publicity have been responsible for keeping this fine sport in comparative obscurity. Except for a brief mention of the game, now and then, the newspapers and magazines devote nearly all of their sports pages to golf, tennis, baseball, boxing and football. While it is true that horseshoe pitching is not a gallery game, it is also true that it is not a game of false exploitation and newspaper ballyhoo where thousands pay high admissions to witness the performance of a few professionals! Anyone can indulge in this honest and sterling sport at a minimum of expense. For this reason alone, many people take it up because they cannot afford the more costly equipment of other sports.

   The author wishes to express his gratitude to the following per-

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