It was today in 1932 that William “Bill” Pickett passed away. A native of Taylor, Texas, he was the first black honoree in the National Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Pickett invented “Bull-Dogging,” the wrestling of bulls to the ground by their horns and performed with several popular traveling cowboy shows of the day. He died doing what he loved. He was kicked in the head by a horse and died of his injuries a few days later. He was only 61 years young. The Stockyards Museum in Fort Worth has a bronze statue displayed in his honor.
“After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good that he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: when you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.” ~ Texas Bix Bender, Author of “Don’t Squat With Yer Spurs On”