Major Taylor

Marshall “Major” Taylor

Inducted in 1989 for Veteran Road & Track Competitor (Pre-1945)

Biography
In 1898 Taylor set records in every sprint distance from 1/4 mile to 2 miles. Taylor was considered to be the Fastest Man in the World on a bicycle.  The next year, he won the title at the World Sprint Championships, becoming the second black athlete in any sport to win a world professional championship. He became the National Professional Track Champion in 1900 and won 42 of 57 meets in Europe in 1901.

A short YouTube video about Major Taylor and his life from the USBHOF can be viewed here.

Major Taylor w-racer image

Taylor with another racer

Major Taylor

1989 Inductee