ED DOMEY, Sutton, Massachusetts
Player/Organizer: Ed Domey, born in 1932, started at age 12 in the sport and as a teenager was a competitive pitcher in Massachusetts and Connecticut and was featured as trick shot artist, pitching ringer blindfolded. Ed got away from the sport for a while, but in the mid-1960's, after watching the World Tournament in Keene, NH, returned to the sport and became one of the more productive promoters ever. Winter pitching became a problem so Ed built the famous Heritage Recreation Center. The doors were opened in May of 1972. Hall of Fame pitcher Ruth Hangen was the guest of honor for the opening ceremonies. The center started out with 4 clay courts and 4 sand courts. Soon the eight courts were all clay. The n additional courts were added to total fourteen indoor courts. For over 10 years the arena was a beehive of horseshoe pitching activity. From October-May, league play was held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, open round robin events on Friday nights, junior pitching and coaching on Saturdays and tournaments two weekends a month. Ed sold the Heritage Center in 1983. Then Ed become the director of Game Related Sales for the NHPA and held that responsibility for over 20 years. Through reorganizing the process, Ed raise several thousands of dollars for the NHPA that were used in a variety of ways to modernize the organization and progress our World Tournaments.
There were many highlights in Ed's pitching career also. Three times Massachusetts State Champion 1975, 1976, 1878, New England Champion 1974, pitching 74.4% and Ed qualified for the Men's Championship Classes at 3 World Tournaments with a high performance of 76.1%.