Bill Linderman

All-Around • Inducted 1979

In 1950, Bill Linderman of Red Lodge, Mont., became the first man in professional rodeo history to win three world titles in a single season, claiming the championships in the all-around, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding. Born April 13, 1920, Linderman won six world titles between both ends of the arena and was the first professional cowboy to win more than $500,000. Always a leader, Linderman was elected to the RCA Board of Directors in 1947 when he was 27 years old. In 1951 he was elected president of the association and was re-elected annually until he refused to accept nomination in 1958. Typical of his dedication, he qualified for the first National Finals Rodeo in 1959, but he withdrew from competition to serve as arena director to help ensure the success of the new venture. He served as secretary and treasurer of the RCA from 1962 until his death in a plane crash on Nov. 11, 1965, in Salt Lake City.


Accolades

Biography

World Championships: 6

All-Around: 1950, 1953

Bareback Riding: 1943

Steer Wrestling: 1950

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1945, 1950

Born: April 13, 1920 in Bridger, Montana
Died: November 11, 1965 in Salt Lake City, Utah

RCA President: 1951-57


Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Bareback Riding: 1945

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1949
Bareback Riding: 1954
Steer Wrestling: 1957, 1964 (tie)

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio, Texas

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1950

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1949
Bareback Riding: 1947
Steer Wrestling: 1950

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

Steer Wrestling: 1965

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1953

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

Steer Wrestling: 1956

Leave a Reply