CHARLES CLYDE DAVIS, Kansas City, Missouri

Inducted 1968

Player: Charles Clyde "C.C." Davis was considered one of the most colorful personalities in the horseshoe world in his time. He pitched a very wobbly 1 turn shoe, wore knickers both on and off the courts, and they were almost considered a trademark of his. He traveled into practically every corner of the United States playing exhibition matches and doing trick pitching. He won his first World Tournament in 1922, repeated in 1924, won both the winter and summer tournaments in 1927 and won his fifth World title in 1928. In the 1928 tournament, he was the first pitcher to average better than 70% ringers for the entire tournament. In the 1933 World Tournament, at the Chicago World's Fair, he tied with Ted Allen for the title but lost in the playoff. Mr. Davis was a carpenter and interior decorator by trade.

He was born in Linn County, Kansas, lived some time in Ohio, then moved to Missouri, in 1933. Davis designed a hooked pitching shoe that was sanctioned by the NHPA and Davis used the shoe in the 1933 World Tournament. The shoe had a brand name "C.C. Davis", was made of a special alloy, but never hit the great sales levels. Today the C.C. Davis is a sought after shoe by all shoe collectors. C.C. Davis died in 1972 at age 88.