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Do you know any San Francisco Horseshoe History? Do you have old photos? Know the names or ratings of past Champions? Past Club members, Officers...anything? If so post it here or email it to me and I'll post it. If you want to mail something, contact me. I have heard that there was a club at Golden Gate Park that had 15 - 20 men pitching over 65% from 40 ft.! Who were those guys? - Peter Z.

I recently received an email from Dave Loucks after he visited our clubs website. Dave was the president of the NHPA from1985-2003 and has been a member of that organization for 58 years (as of 2008) and has many fond memories of pitching horseshoes in Golden Gate Park. His first event there was in the 1950 junior division of a Bay Area tournament sponsored by the SF News, one of 4 daily newspapers in the City at that time. He won the junior championship that year and the next and then went on to win 3 World Junior Titles, 1951-1953. Dave later founded the National Horseshoe Pitcher Foundation, (NHPF) and in Oct 2007, finished building and opened the National Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame in Wentzville, MO. In addition to this he developed, edited and published the horseshoe pitching magazine, Newsline, for 12 years.

At the time, Dave pitched against some of the best pitchers in the State and Country in Golden Gate Park. Don Titcomb, Guy Zimmerman, Paul Mori, Bill Frazer, Jack Seymour are just a few names people familiar with the sport of horseshoes will recognize. More information on all the great Northern California horseshoe pitchers can be found at the NorCal Hall of Fame at the Yolo Courts in Davis, CA. Several of the past players have donated scrapbooks and items for display.

I hope to hear from more players that have memories of pitching horseshoes in San Francisco. If you have information or photos to share please do so we can preserve the long history of this sport in San Francisco.
1955 Photo GGPark Horseshoe Courts
1955 at the Horseshoe Courts in Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits
Work Project #1688 Horse Shoe Courts Fourteen Horse Shoe Courts in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco built to conform with competition standards are popular with both older and younger men and the gallery seats are usually full. The Courts themseves, the surrounding rock walls and nearby restrooms were all built by Works Progress Administration project workers. United States. Work Projects Administration (Calif.) Works Progress Administration, District no. 7, San Francisco: Construction and Engineering Projects. [San Francisco, Calif.? : s.n. ; 193-?] University of California, Berkeley, Doe/Moffitt Libraries, TA25.S35 U6

Image Date: 2006-12-24
Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits Categories:
Address: Conservatory Dr. East, San Francisco, CA 94117
County: San Francisco
Region: Bay Area
Latitude: 37.771800 Longitude: -122.455000

New Deal projects associated with this location:

Project: Horseshoe Court

Work consisted of excavation and building masonry rubble walls, 3,000 feet of red rock paths, 600 lineal feet of sewer, a standard convenience station and general renovation of an existing court surrounded by walls of natural floral beauty. This improvement is much appreciated by those who have enjoyed the popular spot for many years in Golden Gate Park. It is suitable for tournaments and competing groups.--Healy, p. 53.
Total Cost: 15490
Federal Agency: WPA
Local Agency: San Francisco Park Commission
Sponsoring Agency: City
Primary Project Number: 1688
Source Notes:
Healy, Clyde E. San Francisco Improved: Report of Clyde E. Healy, Assistant City Engineer - City of San Francisco and Coordinator of W.P.A. Projects, Period October 10, 1935 to August 31, 1939. San Francisco : [s.n.]., 1939. United States. Work Projects Administration (Calif.) Report on Progress of the Works Program in San Francisco. January, 1938. Works Progress Administration / William Mooser, Jr., branch manager. [San Francisco? 1938]
Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits

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