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Loran May

In days of old it was called "Barnyard Golf" but most know it as horseshoe pitching. Loran May was one of the world's best and joined three other "pitchers," Hugh Palmer, Harold Falor, and his uncle, George May, in the Hall of Fame. A native of Cambridge, Ohio, Loran came to Akron in 1915 where he learned the art of horseshoe pitching from Uncle George, a two-time world champion. At age 13, he captured the first of nine Ohio state championships. In 1923 he finished third to the winner, Uncle George, in the world championships and was fourth in both 1924 and 1925. In that 1924 event, May pitched six consecutive double ringers in defeating A.J. Buckman of Freemont, Ohio, for a world's record. In 1925 he signed a contract to go on tour with the Ziefeld Follies. May did trick horseshoe pitching in shows that featured such stars as W.C. Fields and Will Rogers. He returned to Akron in 1927 to work at Firestone and form an unbeatable team that included brother, James Alvin, and Falor.

Inducted 1984 | Horseshoe Pitching