HAROLD DARNOLD, Burlington, Iowa
Player/Organizer: Harold Darnold was born March 30, 1925 and began pitching shoes at age 8 and went on to pitch in World Tournaments in six consecutive decades. He first qualified for the Championship Class in 1941 when the World Tournament was held in Des Moines at age 16. He qualified 10 times for the Championship Class with a high finish of 7th in 1982 when he pitched 73.3%. He gave pitching exhibitions in England for ground crews during WWII and was a member of the last surviving that manned the B-a7 named Ray's Hell, which carried a horseshoe on every mission. Harold was director of the Corn Belt Open from 1954-1994. Harold passed away December 19, 2007.