JIMMY RlSK, Indiana & Florida
Player: Jimmy Risk started his pitching career as a "boy wonder" in Montpelier, Indiana, back in 1926. Jimmy's first World Tournament was as a 14 year old in 1927 at St Petersburg Sunshine Pleasure Club courts in Florida. He won 25 straight games to lead the prelim and then finished 2nd to C.C. Davis in the finals, winning 28 and losing 5 games. Risk never did win a World title but continued to be a top contender each year thereafter through 1935. In 1930, Risk won a national meet conducted by the soon to be defunct American Horseshoe Association and he won 7 Indiana State Championships.
Meanwhile Jimmy had built up a reputation and following by his exhibitions featuring trick and fancy ringer tossing. Performing on the stage, at fairs, local horseshoe clubs, schools, YMCA's, Jimmy traveled the entire country including Canada and became a great ambassador of the game. With the coming of World War II, Jimmy joined a USO entertainment troupe and gave exhibitions for the armed forces all over the world including Europe, Japan, the Philippines, Africa and Asia. Risk passed away May 26, 1974 at age 65.