Taking up the game of horseshoes at age 59, "Hughie" Palmer launched a competitive career with amazing results. In two years he won both the Summit County and Ohio championships. The state title was decided in a best-of-21-game series. Palmer dusted off his opponent in the first 11 games, outscoring him 231 points to 103. At Gary, Ind., in 1919, he captured the U.. Industrial championship. That same year Palmer finished third in the nationals at St. Petersburg where he was the oldest competitor in the field. Two years later, at the age of 64, Palmer took fourth place behind the winner, Akron's George May.