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Ed Blum

Horseshoes ∙ Darlington

 

 

 

 

Ed Blum didnít take up tournament horseshoe pitching until 1962 when he was 42 years old. But since then he won 70 trophies in competitions ranging all the way from the county to the world level. Ed became interested in horseshoe pitching nearly 60 years ago when he helped horseshoes onto the family farm in South Beaver Township. In those days he would toss used shoes at a convenient peg. After many years of enjoying the sport, he finally entered his first tournament. He explains that the long delay stemmed from the fact that he wasnít sure he was good enough to compete against topnotch horseshoe players.  The 2Ĺ pound competition horseshoes he threw later in life with deadly accuracy were bigger and heaver than those he used as a boy but the thrill of success was the same. Ed won the Achievement Award of the Beaver County Horseshoe Pitchers Association in 1982 and was voted into its Hall of Fame in 1987. Among his many titles are the Class E World Championship in 1976 and 1977 and the Class C World crown in 1978. During his peak period of success in the 1970s, he usually hit ringers on more than 80 percent of his tosses.