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Freddie Spencer

Freddie Spencer (Bicycle racing.  Born, Westfield, NJ, Aug. 9, 1902; died, Rahway, NJ, Feb. 9, 1992.)  During the last Golden Era of bicycle racing in America, no star was bigger than Fred Spencer, who in 1925 accomplished a feat never duplicated when he won the American Pro Sprint championship and two six-day races in the same […]

Joe Lynch

Joe Lynch (Boxing. Born, New York, NY, Nov. 30, 1898; died, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 1, 1965.) Twice world bantamweight champion (1920-21, 1922-24), Joseph B. Lynch fought much of his early career in New York and Brooklyn. Later in his 134-bout pro career, Lynch also fought several major bouts in New York, winning the title the […]

John M. Chapman

John M. Chapman (Bicycle racing.  Born, College Park, GA, 1877; died, Santa Monica, CA, Mar. 20, 1947.)  During the era when bike racing was a major sport indoors and outdoors in the U.S., John M. Chapman was the sport’s leading promoter for 30 years (1907-37).  He was the operator of the New York and Newark […]

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