RALPH DYKES, Lombard, Illinois

Inducted 1973

Organizer: Ralph Dykes was born in 1913 and bought his first pair of horseshoes in 1937 from H. Jackson (son of Frank Jackson), a pair of 1936 Ohio shoes for $1.50.  He went on to serve as Illinois Association President for twenty years (1948-1968).  He also was elected NHPA President from 1967 to 1972.  Ralph is known for providing innovative improvements to the handling of World Tournaments: including construction of scoring devises, qualifying score posting board, and the revision of the 36-player round robin schedule.  Ralph was awarded the Stoke Memorial Award in 1968 and passed away December 8, 1998, at age 85.