How to Build a Backyard Horseshoe Pit

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Author's Note: How to Build a Backyard Horseshoe Pit

I've only pitched horseshoes a few times, and those were strictly casual games in someone's backyard during a cookout, on a non-regulation court where the competitors lubricated themselves with a few beers beforehand. So I was surprised to learn that horseshoe pitching, at its highest level, is a serious sport. The greatest horseshoe pitcher of all time, Alan Francis, is capable of getting a ringer 90 percent of the time—which is three times the success rate of an all-star caliber baseball hitter at the plate.

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