FRANK LUNDIN, New London, Iowa

Inducted 1978

Player: Frank Lundin was born in Sweden in 1900 and came to the United States in 1909 and lived in New London, Iowa. He started pitching horseshoes when he was 15 years old, but did not pitch the open shoe until several years later when he developed the 1 turn. In 1922, after winning several county tournaments, Frank went to the State Fair at Des Moines and entered the State Tournament. After winning over a field of 81 entries, he then played Frank Jackson, the 1921 State Champion and current World Champion, from Kellerton, Iowa, who was excluded from playing in the 1922 State Tournament. They played best two of three for the 1922 State Championship. Lundin defeated Jackson two straight games in a stunning upset to win the 1922 State title. A few days later at Des Moines also, Lundin won the World Championship over a field of 75 entries again defeating Frank Jackson, defending champion and C.C. Davis Winter World Tournament Champion. In 1923, he lost the World title to 15-year-old Harold Falor, but placed 2nd losing just one game. Later that year, Lundin returned to Des Moines and won the 1923 State Tournament over a field of 93 entries. After that tournament an injury to his pitching arm ended his career.