Massachusetts Hall of Fame
Bernard Herfurth/

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Bernard won his first championship on July 4th 1925, pitching against an all men class, winning nine (9) straight games.

He won the first Western Mass meet ever held at Forest Park in Springfield in 1927 and several times thereafter, the last being in 1969.

Although many times a contender, he could not win the Massachusetts State until 1973 and 1974 with averages of 66 and 69.

Herfurth was the first player to win the new England Championship three times, in 1931, 1933, and 1934.

He retired from the sport in 1954 due to back trouble and business, returning in 1965. From 1965 through 1975 he won 45 "A" class trophies. He attended 8 of the 11 World tournaments held during these years, qualifying in all of them, while winning 6 World Meet trophies.

At the Lafayette World Meet in 1975, Herfurth was awarded "The Stokes memorial Award" which is given on a yearly basis to the member who has done the most for the sport in the NHPA during that year. He broke the qualifying record for the intermediate division at the World Meet in 1975. He broke the standing record since 1970 by one point, throwing 76 ringers and 24 points for 100 shoes, scoring 252 points.

Bernard has been the Chairman of the NHPA Hall of Fame Committee for several years. In 1975 he was in charge of the NHPA publicity program and also the originator of the NHPA "VIP Plan" to honor the average member who has devoted many years to the sport of horseshoes. In 1974 he was the first Chairman of the Mass. State Hall of Fame and also in 1975, Mass. Publicity Director, and on the 1975 Bi-Centennial World Meet publicity committee for 1976.

Health permitting, Herfurth plans to be active in the sport for many more years.


Two years after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Bernard won the Mass State title for the third time, winning seven consecutive games and averaging 72% ringers. In that same year, 1976, he won the Western Mass. Title with a 66 percent ringer average. At the World Tournament in Pennsylvania Bernard qualified for the Men's championship division with a score of 500 points, won 10, lost 25, for a 43rd place finish. This happened one year after setting a new qualifying record in the men's Intermediate Division.