Men's championship horseshoe pitching moved into its modern era in 1940, breaking the 80% ringer average barrier for the first time that year. Since then, it has taken an average of over 83.5% ringers to win the world title. Alan Francis has won 16 of them! In nearly a hundred tries, it's a short list of six players who've pitched better than 85% ringers to win the title... the greatest of the greats... Fernando Isais, Ted Allen, Curt Day, Elmer Hohl, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Alan Francis... Alan has done this seven times! As of 2010, he's made 23 appearances in the Men's Championship Division at the World Championships and including all the bad days (there haven't been very many), he still has an overall lifetime average over 81% in the championship... In 2009, in Springfield, IL he set the all-time record for highest ringer average in the Men's World Championship Division with an astonishing 90.26% ringer average, putting Alan in a class of his own being the first world champion to ever average over 90%! He's arguably one of the greatest to ever compete in this sport and he pitches this shoe that bares his signature!