0933201141 Brand new hardcover book. Dust jacket wear at top edge.***. Bookseller Inventory #
World champion at 19... One of the first black athletes to become world champion in any sport... 1-mile record holder... American sprint champion in 1898, 1899, 1900... triumphant tours of Europe and Australia... Victories against all European champions...
Until now a forgotten, shadowy figure, Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor is here revealed as one of the early sports world's most stylish, entertaining, and gentlemanly personalities. Born in 1878 in Indianapolis, the son of poor rural parents, Taylor worked in a bike shop until prominent bicycle racer "Birdie" Munger coached him for his first professional racing successes in 1896. Despite continuous bureaucraticâ€”and, at times, physicalâ€”opposition, he won his first national championship two years later and became world champion in 1899 in Montreal. This beautifully illustrated, vividly narrated, and scrupulously researched biography recreates the life of a great international athlete at the turn of the century. Based on ten years of researchâ€”including extensive interviews with Major Taylor's 91-year old daughterâ€”this is the dramatic story of a young black man who, against prodigious odds, rose to fame and stardom in the tempestuous world of international professional bicycle racing a century ago.
Review: Long before Jackie Robinson crossed baseball's color line, before Jack Johnson spawned a line of Great White Hopes desperate to take the heavyweight boxing crown back from a black man, Major Taylor was setting records and fighting bigotry in one of the most popular athletic arenas of the turn of the century. The "Extraordinary" in the title of this steady biography is not just spinning wheels.
Both a world and national champion, 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," he wrote in his own autobiography, which Ritchie thoroughly mines, "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."
Ritchie does yeoman's service in reviving Taylor's story and giving it context with a carefully studied examination of what life was like for black Americans 100 years ago. More importantly, he reaches into the muck of the past and returns with a clear picture of an endangered species: the thoroughly decent human being. --Jeff Silverman
Title: Major Taylor: The Extraordinary Career of a ...
Publisher: Bicycle Books
Book Condition: New
Book Description Bicycle Books, 1988. Condition: Good. 1ST. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP16745766
Book Description Bicycle Books, 1988. Condition: Good. 1ST. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP3668188
Book Description MBI Publishing Company LLC. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0933201141I5N00
Book Description Bicycle Books, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 1988. Cloth. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Photo Illus in b&w (illustrator). First Edition. DJ has 2" ragged, rough tear on bottom front edge, touch of light shelf wear top edge of spine. Book is tight and square. 304pp. Photo illustrated. Early bicycling and Afro-American turn of the 20th Century competitive bicycler. Mylar portected. Sports. Seller Inventory # 11590
Book Description Bicycle Books, San Francisco, 1988. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. First Edition. First Printing. 8vo in brown leatherette stamped in gold. Illtd with b/w photographs. Unmarked Near Fine no dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 22512
Book Description Bicycle Books, San Francisco, 1988. Hardcover. 304p, photos, very good first edition in cloth boards and rubbed, unclipped dj. Taylor was a turn-of-the century African American racing champion. Seller Inventory # 5934
Book Description Bicycle Books, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. The dust jacket is a little shelf rubbed, chipped, small tears and edge worn. Slightly faded marks. Now protected in cellophane. The binding is excellent. GK. Seller Inventory # 46my
Book Description Bicycle Books, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. First Edition. Some chipping to dust jacket, small tears present - still a sound copy. Green Apple Books and Music, Publisher Weekly's Bookstore of the Year 2014, has been San Francisco's favorite independent bookseller since 1967! Shipping costs on oversize / international orders will reflect actual shipping charges and may be more than quoted by ABE. We will need to contact you with true shipping costs and ask for authorization before adjusting cost. Seller Inventory # mon0000002594
Book Description Bicycle Books, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 1988. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Edge rubbed dj with a few tiny chips and one closed tear. Name on free end paper. Clean and tight. NF / VG 'Major Taylor : the extraordinary career of a champion bicycle racer / Andrew Ritchie.' 304 pages, Illustrated,  p. of plates, portraits, fascimilies; 24 cm. Includes index. Bibliography: p. -294. Seller Inventory # 031909
Book Description Bicycle Books, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0933201141