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Pete Prouty started his playing career in the early 60's at the Brattleboro Vermont courts.

Pete with his wife Joanne Marie; lives in Brattleboro, VT. They have four children; Mark, Beth, Lynn, and Dawn.

Pete was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Vermont Horseshoes Pitchers Association for 6 Years, from the middle 60's through the early 70's - taking over from Bob Watson from Bennington.

Pete participated in many tournaments throughout New England. He throws right hand with "Ted Allen" shoes with a 1 ¼ turn or a ¾'s turn.

In the Vermont State Championships, Pete won the men's State Title 6 times from 1967-68, 1072-74, and 1977. In 1967, Class A, averaging 63.7% at Brattleboro, In 1968 -averaging 63.9% at Brattleboro, in 1972 - Class A, record of 7 wins 0 loss, averaging 65.1% (High Game of 73.9%) at Springfield. In 1973 - Class A, record of 7 and 0 with an average of 67.7% (high game of 72.0%) at Springfield. In 1974 - Class A, record of 7 and 0 with an average of 67.7% (High game of 76.2%) at Springfield. In 1977 - Class A, record of 6 and 1 with an average of 69.9% (high game of 82.0%) at Springfield. Pete finished in 3rd place in Class A in 1978-79, 4th place in 1980. His last State Tournament was in 1983 in Class A, averaging 52.3%.

Pete played in 3 New England Tournaments in 1965, 1967, and 1973. In 1965, his first New England, he played in Class CC, finishing in 6th place with a record of 3 and 4, averaging 49.3%. In 1967, Pete played in Class A for the first time. (The tournaments were a 16-man round robin, 50 point games). He finished in 12th place with a record of 4 wins and 11 losses, averaging 64.2% at Keene NH. In 1973 - Class A finished in 2nd place with a record of 12 and 3, averaging 71.2% in Keene.

In 1968, at Keene, NH, the world Horseshoe Tournament was held, and Pete played in Class B with a record of 2 and 5, averaging a 69.7% - just missing the cut to play in the "Championship Round"; he had to throw 200 shoes to qualify.

In the "Southern Tournament held in Brattleboro, Springfield, and Bennington; Pete won the "Southern" Class A Title 9 consecutive years from 1967, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, and 1975. This tournament was disbanded in 1976.

Pete had a great playing career in horseshoes. His highest tournament average was 72.0%, highest game - 88%, longest string of consecutive ringers - 28. In the early years of the 60's and before, all games were 50 points - this made for a long day of playing. Some years previous ringer percentages were not accepted, so everyone, excluding the defending champ from the States or Southern, had to throw 50-100 shoes to qualify. If they had 3 classes; that was a large turn out for either the States or Southern.

The VT H.P.A. is very proud and honored to have Pete Prouty inducted into the Vermont Hall of Fame as a pitcher.