Joe Davis and Horace Lindrum shaking hands before the 1946 World Snooker Championship final
15 January 1912|
New South Wales
|Died||20 June 1974
Dee Why, Sydney,
New South Wales
|World Champion||1952 (BACC event)|
Horace Lindrum (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.
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. This was the only time an Australian would win the title until Neil Robertson's 2010 victory, 58 years after Lindrum's.
Lindrum's book Snooker, Billiards and Pool (later retitled Pool, Snooker & Billiards) was an international bestseller in the genre, with eight editions from 1948 to 1974.
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. Lindrum was also the first player in history to make 1000 snooker centuries in public performance.
Personal life 
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