Strange But True: Hurling Horseshoes

Many people with a few feet to spare in their backyard enjoy the game of horseshoes. With enough practice anyone can make a few ringers or leaners. But very few people ever become as adept as Ted Allen of Boulder, Colorado.

In 1955 he qualified for the World Horseshoe Pitchers Championship by scoring 187 ringers out of 200 throws. That comes to 93.5 percent. Then on July 26, 1955, Allen threw double ringers 36 times in a row, a total of 72 straight ringers. He won the title.

From The Giant Book of More Strange But True Sports Stories by Howard Liss. Illustrations by Joe Mathieu.

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  1. Seems Ted Allen did a bunch of trick shot shows around the country with his horseshoes and also started a company that sells throwing shoes–some of which go for hundreds of dollars today.
    My father and uncles used to play all the time during the family gatherings.  One of my uncles even had a horseshoe court in his backyard.  It is the epitome of mid-century, Midwestern activity.

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