Earl Bascom: Canadian Sport Legend

Famous rodeo athlete Earl Bascom is being inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on June 17 at Canada Olympic Park.

The “Father of Modern Rodeo,” Bascom is best known for his exploits in the rodeo arena. He was an all-around champion, competing in bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. Bascom’s first appearance at the Calgary Stampede was in 1932 in the saddlebronc and steer decorating competitions. Notably, Bascom designed the first modern rodeo chute in 1916.

Earl Bascom steer decorating at the Calgary Stampede, 1935. Image Courtesy of the Glenbow Archives, NA-3164-9.

Earl Bascom steer decorating at the Calgary Stampede, 1935. Image Courtesy of the Glenbow Archives, NA-3164-9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bascom was a man of many talents. He was an extra in some Hollywood movies, and horses from the Bascom Ranch were featured in the 1925 movie “The Calgary Stampede” starring Hoot Gibson. Later in life, Bascom became a renowned artist and sculptor.

Bascom is being inducted in a ceremony on June 17, 2015.

Bascom is being inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on June 17, 2015.

 

 

Bascom will be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in the Canadian Sport Legends Class. Brand new this year, the Legends Class honours athletes and sport builders whose accomplishments came before 1955. According to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, “this diverse group of Canadians represents nearly 150 years of Canadian sport and includes war heroes who gave their lives for our country, Indigenous and black athletes who broke down racial barriers, women who overcame gender inequality, and pioneers of Canadian sport.”

Limited tickets are available to take part in the Canadian Sport Legends Class Induction Ceremony on June 17, 2015 at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Tickets are $250 each which includes dinner and drinks. Contact Ruth Cowan at rcowan@cshof.ca or 403.776.1083 with questions or to purchase tickets.

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