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corbettclassics

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Here are some photos that I found in my archives of Darragon. I have about 30 or more photographs of him so here's a few to look at anyway.

I'll look for the article on his crash/death.

Enjoy the photos,

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Here it appears that he is on a Clement Stayer bike getting ready for a match race against the great Bobby Walthour.


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Appears to going up against Georges Seres here:

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Against Bobby Walthour:

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Walthour:

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fordsnake

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Eddie “Cannon” Bald, known as the “White Flyer”, rode and promoted Colombia Bicycles. He was considered one of the great racers of the 1890s.

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There was another time he decided to change vocations and tried his hand at acting. In 1897, Bald starred in a play and was so bad that the author sued him for injuries to her reputation.
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corbettclassics

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Eddie “Cannon” Bald, known as the “White Flyer”, rode and promoted Colombia Bicycles. He was considered one of the great racers of the 1890s.

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There was another time he decided to change vocations and tried his hand at acting. In 1897, Bald starred in a play and was so bad that the author sued him for injuries to her reputation.
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Fordsnake:
Thanks for bringing up one of the greatest bicycle racers of his era - the great "EDDIE BALD".

I will try and break down his racing career a little here to understand what bikes he raced on and
who he was racing with during those certain years.

Many racers of the day were offered contracts if they did well the season before. Several bicycle
companies offered E.C. Bald good money so he would go race with them.

Basically he started out in 1890 on a Columbia and started racing in 1891. I added a story written
about him from an article that was written about his career up till May of 1895.

He started with the Columbia team in 1892 racing their "Blue Rimmed" racers. He raced on the
Model #33, the #37 Road Racer and in 1895 they put him on the Model #44.

He raced with Columbia going into the season of 1896 and around March he signed with "Barnes".

Eddie Bald was known as "The Cannon" while racing with Columbia but when he signed with the
Barnes Company, it was then that he was basically given the name "The White Flyer". Barnes had
already established the name "White Flyer" on their bicycles in 1895. He was known as "The Cannon"
because he went past people for the finish line so fast. He was unbeatable at times.

Bald raced with Barnes for the season 1896 and also 1897. ( and he was still the champion as usual )

Around April of 1898 things fell apart for him with Barnes and he signed with "Spalding" and started
racing on their "Red Head" racer. The bikes were blue and I have yet to see one. I have seen a shaft
drive "Red Head" which he also raced on.

Around 1899 he was still racing and I attached an article here where he raced Zimmerman. It's really
unknown what he was racing on in 1899 as I haven't found much for him during this time. He did endorse
the "National" in 1899 saying it was the best bike he'd been on. I also read where he was pacing with
Oscar Hedstrom in 1899 and liked his bike so much that they traded bikes on the spot. What he traded
was not mentioned.

Later in 1899 he was basically going to give up racing and didn't race the rest of the season.

Early in the year of 1900 he decided that during his time off that he wanted to start racing again. So, in 1901
he joined Columbia once again and started racing on their "Blue Head" racer. ( the Model #83 was born )

By the end of 1902/03 Bald had given up racing and started in other ventures like a bookie, and then went
on to racing Columbia cars. He did go to Europe and race another car but Kccomet has that photo card.

I have lots of information on him and thought of writing a short story about his life. While browsing
though a book on Major Taylor that I have, I read that Eddie Bald was sort of a racist in his time
and would not accept the Major's challenge to a race. This was while Bald was champion from around
1896 or so till about 1898. This apparently went on for 3 yrs until Bald finally accepted his challenge in 1899.
Bald really wasn't at his top form because he was nearing the end of his career and wasn't training much.
Needless to say he got beat by Taylor.

: NOTE - One thing about Bald though was that he was very dedicated to his handler. This was "Asa Windle" who was
the cousin of the legendary bicycle racer "Willie Windle". Most racers always used someone different each season
when they went to other teams. Bald basically kept Asa Windle during his entire career. You can see in 1895
on his Columbia Model #44 in the color lithograph I have, that is Asa Windle holding him up. You can also see Windle in
the Barnes pictures and also during Bald's last yr racing on his Columbia Model #83 in 1902.

Heres are some photos and articles to help understand one of the greatest legends in cycle racing during the 1890's.

There are several other racers of the time but Eddie "The Cannon" Bald was exceptional!

Enjoy,

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1894 on his Columbia Model #37
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1894 at Springfield
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1895 Columbia Model #44



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1896 - Barnes White Flyer

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1898 Spalding "Red Head"

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1899
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1902 - Columbia

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Believed to be about 1904

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dnc1

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Thanks to everyone posting in this thread.
I started my "Early Racing Attire" thread a while back and it's really good to actually read some more detailed accounts of some of the people that are featured in it.
Really appreciate the research and knowledge sharing in this thread, very interesting, to me anyway!
 

fordsnake

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Thanks to everyone posting in this thread.
I started my "Early Racing Attire" thread a while back and it's really good to actually read some more detailed accounts of some of the people that are featured in it.
Really appreciate the research and knowledge sharing in this thread, very interesting, to me anyway!
Fabulous thread dbc1 ( I meant "threads"). https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/early-racing-attire.100170/
 
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corbettclassics

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corbettclassics

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Some of the RACERS and TRACK bikes we could still cover - if anyone has photos and a story/biography to go with those pics are:
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Munger
Willie Windle
Kramer
Vanderstuyft ( both brothers )
Butler ( both bothers )
Linton ( both brothers )
Harley Davidson
W.F. Simms
Otto Ziegler
Wheeler
Banker
Titus
Robl
Sanger
Mile a Minute Murphy
John Johnson
Major Taylor
Floyd McFarland
Ray Macdonald
Earl Kiser
Jimmy Michael
Hedstrom
Tom Cooper
..... and many others!

Some of the great TRACK bikes they raced on for example would be:
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Rambler
Orient
Columbia
Pierce
Tribune
National
Patee
Hudson
Napolean
Gladiator
Eagle
Dayton
Barnes
Wolff-American
Stearns
Bastide
Andrea
World
Sterling
Clement
Fowler
Liberty
..... and many more!
 

corbettclassics

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The SIMPSON LEVER CHAIN

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Here is a better picture of the photo that is in the center showing Trainer Choppy Warburton holding up the great Jimmy Michael.

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fordsnake

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Kiser, Kramer, and Kimble –KKK...a black man's (Major Taylor) archenemies.
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They all attempted to thwart Taylor's wins…by any means necessary; dirty, unethical, underhanded tactics, all because of his skin color! They hated that a “darky” was better at their game then they…it was a hard pill for the narrow-minded to swallow.
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Not all whites were MT's foes, there many who cheered him on and celebrated his talents.
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How Taylor was able to maneuver and escape a labyrinth of racial prejudices is mind boggling. No other rider in the history of the sport endured constant threats, harassments and interferences, designed to purposely stop or maim a rider.
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Taylor found solace in his Baptist religion…he lived a clean life, didn’t indulge in smoking, drinking, or profanity. His ministry did not allow hatred in his heart. Over the years, Major and his entourage faced constant threats of violence and yet he remained calm with an aura of dignity on and off the tracks. His only revenge to the blatant prejudices was to leave the haters in his dust and cross the tape first!
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Sprinting is where Major excelled! He was a lightning rod with jaw dropping speed! When scheming riders with their errant elbows, attempted to “pocket” him, or deliberately crash his path to the finish line, Taylor would display a jaw dropping surge of speed and out maneuver around his opponents and win.
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His speed amazed fans and even his foes! He collected a wealth of wins and prize purses. Exponentially winning the hearts of America. Fans across the pond were also excited and thrilled with his visits. They adored him, not just as an athlete but as a cultured man, full of life with much charm.
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In the end Major Taylor left an indelible mark in America’s Cycling History; the most feared, admired and most popular bicycle racer of his era.
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fordsnake

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MT rode many different makes
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Major Taylor retired from racing in 1910,
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in 1932 at the young age of 53, Marshall "Major" Taylor died. Sadly a series of bad investments and the Great Depression wiped out his savings and left him penniless. He was buried in a simple grave near Chicago. In 1948, Frank Schwinn heir to the Schwinn Bicycle Company, donated money to give the Major a proper grave at the Mount Glenwood Memorial Gardens outside of Chicago.
 
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anders1

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Very cool!
Kiser, Kramer, and Kimble –KKK...a black man's (Major Taylor) archenemies.
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They all attempted to thwart Taylor's wins…by any means necessary; dirty, unethical, underhanded tactics, because of his skin color! They hated the fact, a “darky” was better at their game then they…it was a hard pill for the narrow-minded to swallow.
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Not all whites were MT's foes, there many who cheered him on and celebrated his talents.
View attachment 887548
How Major Taylor was able to maneuver and escape a labyrinth of racial prejudices is mind boggling. No other rider in the history of the sport endured the constant challenges purposely designed to maim or thwart a rider.
View attachment 887549


Taylor found solace in his Baptist religion…he lived a clean life, didn’t indulge in smoking, drinking, or profanity…his ministry wouldn’t allow him to have hatred in his heart. Over the years, he and his entourage faced constant threats of violence and yet he remained calm with an aura of dignity on and off the tracks. His only revenge to the blatant prejudices, was to leave the haters in his dust and to be the first one to cross the tape to win!
View attachment 887550

Sprinting is where Major excelled! He was a lightning rod with jaw dropping speed! When scheming riders with their errant elbows, attempted to “pocket” him, or deliberately crash to thwart his path to the finish line, Taylor displayed a jaw dropping surge of speed to maneuver and accelerate around his opponents and win in style.
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His speed amazed fans and even his foes! He collected a wealth of wins and prize purses. Coupled these merits with his ‘turn-the-other-cheek’ attitude,” and exponentially he won the hearts of America. Plus, fans across the pond. European spectators were thrilled with his visits. He was not adored just an athlete there, he was revered as a cultured man, full of life with much charm.
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Kiser, Kramer, and Kimble –KKK...a black man's (Major Taylor) archenemies.
View attachment 887545

They all attempted to thwart Taylor's wins…by any means necessary; dirty, unethical, underhanded tactics, because of his skin color! They hated the fact, a “darky” was better at their game then they…it was a hard pill for the narrow-minded to swallow.
View attachment 887546

View attachment 887547

Not all whites were MT's foes, there many who cheered him on and celebrated his talents.
View attachment 887548
How Major Taylor was able to maneuver and escape a labyrinth of racial prejudices is mind boggling. No other rider in the history of the sport endured the constant challenges purposely designed to maim or thwart a rider.
View attachment 887549


Taylor found solace in his Baptist religion…he lived a clean life, didn’t indulge in smoking, drinking, or profanity…his ministry wouldn’t allow him to have hatred in his heart. Over the years, he and his entourage faced constant threats of violence and yet he remained calm with an aura of dignity on and off the tracks. His only revenge to the blatant prejudices, was to leave the haters in his dust and to be the first one to cross the tape to win!
View attachment 887550

Sprinting is where Major excelled! He was a lightning rod with jaw dropping speed! When scheming riders with their errant elbows, attempted to “pocket” him, or deliberately crash to thwart his path to the finish line, Taylor displayed a jaw dropping surge of speed to maneuver and accelerate around his opponents and win in style.
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His speed amazed fans and even his foes! He collected a wealth of wins and prize purses. Coupled these merits with his ‘turn-the-other-cheek’ attitude,” and exponentially he won the hearts of America. Plus, fans across the pond. European spectators were thrilled with his visits. He was not adored just an athlete there, he was revered as a cultured man, full of life with much charm.
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very cool post!
 
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corbettclassics

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In Europe he was much more accepted. The racism didn't really exist much over there as it did here in the states apparently.

Here is Parent as his handler this day in 1908.
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