Bob Anderson: The Limestone Cowboy of Darts
A Versatile Athlete
Robert Charles (Bob) Anderson, born on November 7, 1947, in Winchester, is a versatile former athlete and darts player who stands out for his unique appearance and is hence nicknamed The Limestone Cowboy. At a young age, Anderson showcased his talent, becoming the British champion in athletics at the age of 20. He even had plans to participate in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Unfortunately, a broken arm dashed those hopes, leading him to shift his focus to a career in darts.
A Legendary Darts Player
The transition to darts proved to be a successful move for Anderson. He achieved impressive feats, including winning the World Darts Championship title in 1988 by defeating John Lowe with a score of 6-4. Anderson can also boast of three consecutive Winmau World Masters titles (1986, 1987, and 1988), three Pacific Master titles (1987, 1988, and 1989), two World Pairs Championships (MFI World Pairs in 1986 and PDC World Pairs Championship in 1996), a World Matchplay Championship (1988), a World Champions Champion title (1990), and a British Open Championship (1988).
Back to Success
While Anderson went through a period of less success, he managed to make a comeback. He climbed from the 29th to the 20th position in the international ranking and reached the semi-finals of the PDC Ladbrokes World Darts Championship in Purfleet again in both 2004 and 2005. His influence in the world of darts extended beyond his play, as the Bob Anderson Classic was organized for four consecutive years from 2002 to 2005, a prestigious dart tournament in which 128 players participated.
League of Legends Title
On August 22, 2008, Bob Anderson made history by claiming the League of Legends title. He defeated Keith Deller with a convincing score of 10-4.