CARL VON DER LANCKEN, Panama City, Florida
Promoter/Organizer: Carl von der Lancken promoted the sport of horseshoes all over the United States for over 50 fifty years. In the mid-twenties he organized the 500 member Chauatauqua, New York Club. Also at that time he played exhibitions with Charley Davis and Blair Nunamaker. He also devoted much time to teach others how to pitch.
He then moved to Oklahoma and became president of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Club and later was the first secretary for the state association and developed the official state tournament. To further interest in the sport he brought in Guy Zimmerman and the Jacksons for exhibitions.
He moved back to New York and won the 1938 New York City Championship.
Carl continued to work with other areas on projects in Los Angles, and 1942-1947 he worked with Ralph Dykes building the Center Club in Chicago. From 1954-1960 he made efforts to revive the game in Long Island, NY. Carl performed pitching exhibitions in England, France and Spain.
His most successful venture was promoting the Westchester County, NY League of nine cities and over 150 participating members. All this was accomplished through clinics, exhibitions, newspaper publicity and the cooperation of the County Athletic Dept.
Carl was elected NHPA vice president in 1941, he was elected new York State Association president in 1967, and served as Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee from 1969 -1971. He proposed the plan for life membership in 1975 and designed the NHPA tie tack. Carl passed away June 24, 1993 at age 83.