The Fastest Bicycle Rider In the World: The Story of a Colored Boy's Indomitable Courage and Success Against Great Odds -
Marshall W. “Major” Taylor
1928 - Wormley Publishing Company, Worcester - First Edition
World champion at 19... One of the first black athletes to become world champion in any sport, before Jackie Robinson, Jack Johnson or Jesse Owens... 1-mile record holder... American sprint champion in 1898, 1899, 1900... triumphant tours of Europe and Australia... Victories against all European champions...
For more than 16 years Taylor bicycled to glory on three continents. His name on the marquee meant added revenue and attendance. In Europe, he was a superstar, and treated like one. Yet he was mocked by fellow riders in America, shunned by his sport's establishment, and died forgotten and penniless in Chicago in 1932. Part of why Taylor should be remembered is the way he reacted to the hatred he had to ride against: ‘I always played the game fairly and tried my hardest, although I was not always given a square deal or anything like it ... I only ask from them the same kind of treatment which I give and am willing to continue to give’.
A near fine copy of this important autobiography in the rare dust jacket. With photographic plates.