CHARLES CLYDE DAVIS, Kansas City, Missouri

Inducted 1968

Player: Charles Court “C.C.” Davis was considered one of the most colorful personalities in the horseshoe world in his time.   He pitched a very wobbly 1 ¾ turn shoe, wore knickers both on and off the courts and they were considered his trademark.  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, and repeated in 1924, and then won both the winter and summer tournaments in 1927.  He 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.  After moving to Missouri from Ohio in 1933, Davis designed a hooked pitching shoe that was sanctioned by the NHPA.  Davis used the shoe in the 1933 World Tournament.  The shoe had a brand name “C.C. Davis” and was made of a special alloy, but never reached great sales levels.  Today the C.C. Davis is a sought-after shoe by all shoe collectors.