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.



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

California Rodeo Salinas / Salinas, CA
All-Around: 1950

Cheyenne Frontier Days / Cheyenne, WY
Bareback Riding: 1945

Cody Stampede / Cody, WY
All-Around: 1954, 1955
Steer Wrestling: 1954, 1955 (tie)

Deadwood Days of ’76 Rodeo / Deadwood, SD
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1946

Ellensburg Rodeo / Ellensburg, WA
All-Around: 1955
Bareback Riding: 1955
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1955

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo / Fort Worth, TX
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1949
Bareback Riding: 1947
Steer Wrestling: 1950

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo / San Francisco, CA
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1953

Iowa’s Championship Rodeo / Sidney, IA
All-Around: 1952
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1952
Steer Wrestling: 1952

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo / Tucson, AZ
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1945

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo / Denver, CO
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1949
Bareback Riding: 1954
Steer Wrestling: 1957, 1964 (tie)

Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo / Ogden, UT
Bareback Riding: 1945
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1950, 1951, 1952
Steer Wrestling: 1961

Pendleton Round-Up / Pendleton, OR
Steer Wrestling: 1965

Red Bluff Round-Up / Red Bluff, CA
Steer Wrestling: 1950

Redding Rodeo / Redding, CA
Bareback Riding: 1958

Reno Rodeo / Reno, NV
Steer Wrestling: 1956

Rowell Ranch Rodeo / Hayward, CA
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1958

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo / San Antonio, TX
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1950

Snake River Stampede / Nampa, ID
All-Around: 1951, 1956

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