The History of Ringers/Washers: A Youngstown Game

posted by Fast Freddie - 

 This was a topic on a Facebook page about Youngstown a few days ago. Every playground in town used to have washers.  My main playground was Homestead Park on Dewey.  Every neighborhood had a playground with supervised activities for the kids.  Jacks, Four Squares, Kick ball, baseball and of course ringers.  Washers is a game invented at the Falcon Bronze playground in Youngstown, Ohio in 1931. Iron washers are pitched into holes or cups spread 20 feet apart, following rules similar to horseshoes. The game gained local popularity and was renamed Ringers in 1936. you would get 3 points for sinker, 2 for a leaner, 1 for a toucher and play to 21. Thanks to Ben Lariccia for turning me on to this video.

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