Massachusetts Hall of Fame
Ralph Forsstrom

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Elected to the National Hall of Fame in 1972 at Greenville, Ohio, as an organizer, Ralph joined the Forest Park Horseshoe Club in Springfield in 1934 and from 1935 to 1943 he was team Manager and Club Tournament Director, Secretary of Indoor Handicap League in 1935 and 1936. Ralph was elected Mass. State Secretary in 1937 and with the exception of two years he served in that capacity through 1970. After the war he alternated as President and secretary of the city industrial League from 1946 through 1949. He was president of the Club Handicap League from 1956 through 1967 except for one year as Secretary, Tournament Director or Co-Director 1958-1965 for Forest Park and Westside Club, running two or three tournaments each year including the Mass. State and Mass. Open meets. He Ran the New England Championship in 1959-1961 and 1964, Publicity Co-Director of league 1958-1965.

In 1960 he initiated the practice of classifying players by their previous tournament averages instead of qualifying, which has been used since then by all New England States. Ralph served as Chairman of the New England Association from 1963 through 1968 and as Regional Director of the NHPA from 1963 through 1970,Chairman of Fund Drive and Chairman of committee for installing 20 clay courts with lights for Westside Club in 1964 and 1965.

Member of the National Hall of Fame Committee in 1967. The first man to be elected to the New England Hall of Fame as Mr. Horseshoes in 1968. Winner of the Bob Pence Award at the 1968 World Tournament. Vice President of Westside Club in 1971 through 1975. Mass. State Executive Board Member from Westside Club in 1973, 1974 and 1975.

Member of the New England Hall of Fame Committee in 1971 and 1972. Elected permanent Chairman of the New England Hall of Fame Committee in 1973; elected Vice President of New England Association for 1975. Inducted into Mass. Hall of Fame as one of five charter members in 1974.

Highlights as a player - won Class B in New England Meet in 1958, Won Class B in Massachusetts State in 1962, Best Average 51% in 1962.