JOHN MONASMITH, Yakima, Washington
Player: John Monasmith of Yakima, Washington, was born February 22, 1917 and won the Washington State Championship in his second year of competition in 1949. In 1950 at Murray, Utah, he became the first horseshoe pitcher from Washington state to enter a World Tournament.
He won the Washington State title 15 times and held the Pacific Northwest Championship 16 times. That area covered Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. He had the highest qualifying score at the 1963 World Tournament, 558 points, with 180 ringers out of 200 shoes for 90%. He went on to win the Men's Championship that year with a 32-3 record and 82.3% ringers.
In 1964 at Greenville, Ohio, he was awarded the Sportsmanship Award. That year, John was also one the record breaking 13 players that pitched over 80%, he placed 11th with an even 80.0%. He became the first player inducted into the Washington State Hall of Fame in 1964. John passed away April 30, 1998.