Major Taylor

Source: trackosaurusrex.com
A hundred years ago, when bicycle races drew crowds that filled Madison Square Garden, the biggest draw of all was Major Taylor.

The New York race promoters who signed 19-year-old Marshall W. “Major” Taylor to their team in 1898 knew that fans would flock to see “the Worcester Whirlwind” compete.  They also knew that controversy surrounding “the Colored Cyclone,” whose star was rising in muscular defiance of the Jim Crow segregation permeating the sport, was sure to generate headlines.

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