May 16, 1914

On May 16, 1914, the American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, Kansas. Also, in 1914, the first hand-grenades were used during World War I by the British. But it took almost 60 years before the two would team-up together to form a true American saying. It was in 1973 that Superstar baseball player, Frank Robinson told a reporter after a close loss, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades.” This was the first time this was recorded as being said. Frank Robinson was a true baseball poet, following in the footsteps of the truly great, Yogi Berra, who said, “It ain’t over, until it’s over”, “You can observe a lot by watching” and my favorite, “The future ain’t what it use to be.” Plus many, many more.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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