Forgotten Champion: The Story of Major Taylor Fastest Bicycle Racer (Avisson Young Adult Series)

Wilds, Mary

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Synopsis: Traces the life of a little-known African-American champion from his childhood in late nineteenth-century Indianapolis, where he discovered the newly popular sport, through his racing exploits throughout the world as he won numerous competitions.

From Booklist: Gr. 5-8. How good was Major Taylor? He won his first gold medal at age 14 in a race that he didn't know he had been signed up for until the last moment. He then went on to become the first U.S.-born black bicyclist to win both a national and a world championship, and to become the first to set an official world's record in his chosen sport. He was adored overseas though he encountered prejudice at home. He died in obscurity in 1932, but in his prime, around the turn of the twentieth century, he was all but unbeatable, made pots of money, married a socialite, and enjoyed celebrity status. Wilds discusses Taylor's character as well as his accomplishments, concluding with an account of his modern "re-discovery." Her claim that he was the first African American to integrate a professional sports team is moot, as there were several nineteenth-century black baseball players, but she's to be applauded for introducing an indisputably underrecognized groundbreaker. Children tantalized by Mary Scioscia's Bicycle Rider (1983) will, at last, be able to satisfy their curiosity with this full-length biography. John Peters
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Title: Forgotten Champion: The Story of Major ...
Publisher: U.S.A.: Avisson Pr Inc
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Soft cover
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