By Jessica Crabtree
Bobby Steiner said it best: “There was no straight road from the Bronx to this podium,” as he introduced Bobby DelVecchio on the night he was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Rodeo Hall of Fame. Steiner, son of famous rodeo stock contractor Tommy Steiner, is a World Champion Bull Rider and Ring of Honor member and DelVecchio’s very best friend. One that has stood by him his entire career and still today.
That one statement rang true. How did a kid who grew up in the Bronx, NY make it into bull riding and come to reside in Texas? “Picture this: no trees, no grass, no cows, no horses, no fishing, no hunting, no 4-wheeling,” said DelVecchio. That was life for DelVecchio as he grew up in the Bronx, a borough of New York City with only 9,000 people. “We lived on the fifth floor of a five-story apartment building with no elevators, just stairs,” recalled DelVecchio. The Irish/Italian neighborhood was made up of kids like DelVecchio, playing on the streets or roof tops for entertainment at all hours until their mothers yelled out the window for them to come in. Born Robert Anthony DelVecchio in 1957, he enjoyed curb ball, stick ball, hand ball, the Yankees and the days of Joe DiMaggio and John Wayne.