Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Visiting Clearwater's Shuffleboard Hall of Fame



No one is sure exactly when shuffleboard was invented, but it clear it was played for centuries in Europe before coming across the Atlantic on ocean liners. The game was first played on U.S. soil right here in Florida at the Lyndhurst Hotel in Daytona Beach in 1913. I know that because I saw a display at Clearwater's International Shuffleboard Hall of Fame adjacent to the Clearwater Shuffleboard Club.

The Hall of Fame is in two rooms located next to the clubhouse and I was fortunate to have a club member let me in on my Saturday morning visit. The first room seems to be dedicated to housing memorabilia and photographs of shuffleboard worldwide; the second room seems to focus on shuffleboard domestically. It was that second room that I found most fascinating because it was full of vintage tangs and biscuits, old trophies, and printed ephemera related to the game. Without any guidance, as this room is really more of a collection that an exhibit, I really enjoyed the aesthetics of the equipment and the graphics of the printed materials on display. While not for everyone, a shuffleboard junkie like myself found it fascinating and inspiring – an intriguing visual record of 99 years of shuffling. I look forward to seeing how the 100th anniversary of the game on land is celebrated next year.

This is how the game probably came to America


This is the spot where the land-based version of the game began 99 years ago


Home of the International Shuffleboard Hall of Fame


Clearwater Shuffleboard members can shuffle in this nice screened-in space


Gorgeous trophies in every shape and size can be found throughout the space



Vintage tangs



5 comments:

  1. Add Shuffleboard Junkie to your Linked In profile :-)

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  2. Well done. I think this one should go in the Hall of Fames Hall of Fame.

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  3. Mod Betty- if you visit the St. Pete Shuffle next time you are in Florida, you'll be one too!

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  4. Frank Niziolek/ Director, Clearwater Shuffleboard ClubApril 5, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Rick,
    I'm glad you were able to visit our club.
    There are two different Halls of Fame on the premises.
    The International Hall of Fame is maintained by The International Shuffleboard Association. The USA National Hall of Fame is maintained by The USA National Shuffleboard Association.
    I enjoyed you article and posted a link to our Facebook page. Great job!

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  5. hey everyone,
    not sure why i'm up reading
    about one of my favorite places in the world
    this late on new years,
    but i'm thrilled to see three of my shuffleboard loving brethren
    all together on one web page-
    happy 2013 frank, beth and rick.
    (great pics and article too rick!)

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