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Steve Floyd was born in Roswell, New Mexico on March 26, 1945. His family moved to Bakersfield, CA in 1947 and then to San Luis.

He came from a large family with 5 brothers and 3 sisters, so he learned how to compete at an early age. He played fast-pitch softball for several years at short stop and 3rd base. His teams won city and county league trophies. At one time, his team played against the Arizona Kings, a well-known team that included fellow shuffler Gil Aragon.

Steve served in the United States Army for two years. He spent 13 months of that time in Korea. After he got out of the service in 1967, Steve got married and had two children; daughter Denise born April 26, 1970 and son Steve, born March 23, 1977. He worked for the State Highway Department for twelve years until he was injured on the job.

In 1980, the Floyd family moved to Visalia and bought Mr. G’s Card Room not long afterwards. Steve worked the card room and his wife Patsy ran the bar. The bar had been previously owned by fellow California Shuffleboard Hall of Famer Bobby Goldsmith, but there was a gap of about three years when someone else had it. The bar came equipped with a shuffleboard, but Steve wasn’t a player.

Marion Bailey and Jim McDonald told Steve that if he wasn’t going to take an interest in the game of shuffleboard, he might as well use his board for kindling wood. Marion and Jim taught him the game and he soon found out how addicting the game really is. Steve says: “You have to pay the price to learn the game and when you think you know the game – you pay even more.”

It wasn’t long before word got out that if you wanted shuffleboard action –Visalia was the place to go. Mr. G’s had been a hot spot for shuffleboard for years when Bobby Goldsmith owned the bar..>>>Booklet


 
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