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CEDAR RAPIDS AWARDED THE WT FOR 2010
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The Ladies put on a pitching exhibition today with world records broken and some amazing games.
Congratulations to them all
June 4, 2008
The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association is proud to announce the World Horseshoe Pitching Championships to be held in York, PA July 7 through July 19, 2008. We are celebrating 100 years of World Horseshoe Pitching Championships. The first one took place in Bronson, KS in 1909.
Pitchers will compete for $170,000 in prize money and trophies. There are 1,320 pitchers entered, including five Cadets less than nine years of age.
Entries from 46 US states, five Canadian Provinces, and two other countries, Japan and Norway will vie for the crowns. Present Men's Champion, Alan Francis of Ohio, with an 88.01% ringer average will be present to defend his crown, as will Joan Elmore of Tennessee with an 87.97% ringer average, the current Women's Champion. The hosting facility will boast 56 new regulation clay courts at the York Expo Center; admission is free.
Champions will be crowned in the following Divisions; Men, Women, Senior Men, Senior Women, Elder Men (over 70 yrs. of age) Junior Boys, Junior Girls, and Cadets.
****This beautiful state has a long history of horseshoe pitching. The men of George Washington's army were said to have done so for exercise. In June of 1863 Joseph T. Wagner of Spencerville, Ohio won the brigade championships prior to the battle of Gettysburg which was fought July 1st, 2nd and 3rd; the first horseshoe pitching president, Abraham Lincoln came in November to give his memorable address. The first known horseshoe club in America began in 1895 and became official in 1897 in Meadsville, PA; they kept meticulous records of their matches which still exist in the files of the NHPA. In the various championship divisions PA pitchers have a total of 11 world championships. There have been four PA NHPA members elected to the hall of fame. Dan Kuchcinski of Erie, 1976, Al Zadroga of Elizabeth, 1981, Herb Pinch of Sharon 1985 and Jim Solomon of Uniontown, 1997.
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