On this day, Marshall W. “Major” Taylor won the World One-Mile Track Cycling Championship in Montreal, Canada besting riders from around the world. On July 29 he had set a world record one mile time of 1:22 2/5. Taylor was only the second African American to win a world sports championship (after bantamweight prizefighter George Dixon). He worked as a machinist at the Worcester Cycle Company on Hamlin Street and did his training here at the beginning of his professional career. He was a world celebrity, despite the difficulties posed by racism and Jim Crow laws in America. Taylor raced extensively in France where he is still revered.
Story contributed by Deborah Shapiro.