Horace Lindrum

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Horace Lindrum
Davis and Lindrum 1946.jpg
Joe Davis and Horace Lindrum shaking hands before the 1946 World Snooker Championship final
Born (1912-01-15)15 January 1912
Paddington, Sydney,
New South Wales
Died 20 June 1974(1974-06-20) (aged 62)
Dee Why, Sydney,
New South Wales
Sport country  Australia
Highest break 141
Century breaks 1000+
Tournament wins
World Champion 1952 (BACC event)

Horace Lindrum (born Horace Norman William Morrell;[1] 15 January 1912 – 20 June 1974) was an Australian professional snooker and carom billiards player. He was the great-grandson of Australia's first billiards champion, the grandson of the great billiard coach, Frederick William Lindrum II, and nephew of Frederick William Lindrum III and Walter Lindrum.

Career[edit]

The son of Violet Lindrum, the sister of Walter Lindrum and an Australian women's snooker champion in her own right,[2] Lindrum made his first snooker century at the age of 16, and his first four-figure break at billiards – a 1,431 – at 21 years old. At the age of 19, he won the Australian Professional Billiards Championship and three years later, the Australian Professional Snooker title. Lindrum retained both titles for over 33 years. He returned to professional play in 1963,[clarification needed] at the request of the Australian Billiards and Snooker Association, to aid the flagging interest in the sport in Australia and won the Australian Open Title[clarification needed] that same year. The Australian Professional Billiards and Snooker Association published a tribute to Lindrum for doing so.

Lindrum competed and was runner-up in the World Professional Snooker title against Joe Davis five times, finally winning the title in the 1951/1952 season against reigning World Professional Billiards Champion Clark McConachy, by a score of 94–49. Lindrum described the 143-frame final over two weeks against McConachy as the toughest battle of his career. However, due to a boycott of the tournament by most of the game's professionals in favour of the World Matchplay competition, Lindrum's triumph is often overlooked.[3] This was the only time an Australian would win the title until Neil Robertson's 2010 victory, 58 years after Lindrum's.[3]

Non-ranking wins: (3)[edit]

Records[edit]

All of Horace Lindrum's many achievements, including world record-making breaks at billiards under the new baulk line rules, and at snooker, were officially recognized by the governing body[clarification needed]. He is the only snooker player to have held the English, Irish, Scottish, African, New Zealand, Maltese, Singaporean, Thai, Chinese, Indian and Australian snooker records simultaneously. In 1952, he made the first-ever snooker century for[clarification needed] India. He made world-record snooker breaks of 141 and 135 (1936), and along with competitor Willie Smith, British champion, was the first to play snooker on television, in a series of exhibitions at the Alexandra Palace in the same year.[citation needed] Lindrum was also the first player in history to make 1000 snooker centuries in public performance.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Horace Lindrum was born 15 January 1912 in Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales. He died on 20 June 1974(1974-06-20) (aged 62) in a hospital in Dee Why, Sydney, having struggled with a heart complaint for some time. He was survived by his wife (Joy), two daughters (Jan and Pammy), and three grandchildren.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evan Jones (1986). "Lindrum, Walter Albert (1898–1960)" – Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Lady Snooker Champion for London"Port Lincoln Times, 7 November 1946. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Neil Robertson Wins World Snooker Title". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: News Corp). AFP/AAP. 4 May 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Suffolk: Rose Villa Publications. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-9548549-0-4. 
  5. ^ "Horace Lindrum dies, aged 62"The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 1974. Retrieved 2 May 2014.