Crane, Missouri

Inducted 2015

Frank and Ruth were inducted in the 2015 Missouri Hall of Fame in the Promoter Category. Frank and Ruth were responsible for starting the first horseshoe pitching venue in Crane, MO. They were responsible for the building of 12 courts. Frank served as the Crane Creek Ringers President. Ruth and Frank were responsible for the many duties of keeping the club and courts going.

People in south central Missouri rely on Frank for advice on how to join the NHPA, to find our where tournaments are, how to get in contact with the MOHPA officers etc. Frank is so dedicated to the sport of horseshoes, he drops whatever he is doing when he gets a call to inquire about the MOHPA or the NHPA or just to ask about horseshoes.

Frank participated in several world tournaments. He won his first trophy at the World Tournament in Spearfish, SD in 1989. He never got a 1st place, but got a lot of 2nd and 3rd places. He is most proud of their new modern indoor facility built in 2010. It took Frank and Ruth 3 years to complete the facility. They have indoor toilets, a lounge area and a little kitchen.

Ruth started pitching around 1990, but didn't pitch in any World Tournaments until 1993. In Spearfish, SD she got 2nd in her class. Ruth also pitched in Gillette, WY in 1996 and in Kitchner, ON in 1997. Ruth pitched in the Championship Women's Class in Pocatello, ID.

In 1990, Frank was elected the (417) area code Zone Director for Missouri. Frank serves as the Tournament Director and he and Ruth are the owners of Hudson Hall Courts.

Frank and Ruth currently furnish shoes and a place to get new pitchers started any day, any time. They give out information on the proper equipment and how to acquire it.

In 2003 Frank and Ruth were invited to put on 3 shows a day at Silver Dollar City for a period of 8 weeks. They passed out literature on NHPA and MOHPA which included the history of horseshoes, the different grips and turns as well as blueprints for building courts. They were told by the workers at Silver Dollar City that they should be the “Ambassadors of Horseshoes”. They helped to spread the word that horseshoes were not just a backyard thing.