Annual horseshoe tournament slated

7/2/2013

The annual Cecil Baker Memorial Horseshoe Tournament starts at 10 a.m. Thursday at the horseshoe courts south of the swimming pool at Finnup Park.

The annual Cecil Baker Memorial Horseshoe Tournament starts at 10 a.m. Thursday at the horseshoe courts south of the swimming pool at Finnup Park.

The event attracts horseshoe pitchers from as young as 8 to 92 years old from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska and other states. The tournament is managed by Warren and Jean Schwab. Warren Schwab is a horseshoe pitcher himself.

The game of horseshoes originated in Kansas and the "Babe Ruth" of Horseshoe Pitching, all-time world champion Ted Allen, pitched his first tournament on July 4th in Garden City.

The tournament was started by Cecil Baker, a former teacher, principal, coach, businessman, longtime sports referee, and active horseshoe pitcher, who moved from Sublette to Garden City in 1949, and named it the Annual July 4th Horseshoe Tournament.

For almost 50 years, the Garden City Telegram promoted and sponsored the Horseshoe Tournament as a free event and presented trophies. Baker died in 1966 and The Telegram renamed the tournament to honor him.

It has been called the Annual Cecil Baker Memorial Horseshoe Tournament ever since. Warren and Jean Schwab mail out invitations, obtain a tent, and provide equipment, time, and effort. Warren obtains cold refreshments and prizes through the numerous businesses.

Prizes are awarded in a special drawing for all participants at the end of the tournament. The Baker family donates framed certificates.and the entire entry fee goes back to the winners, along with the certificates.

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