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Fatty Arbuckle's Nephew Gains a Lap on the Old San Jose Velodrome

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Summary

Dangerous and frequently dirty bicycle racing on the steep banking of Murphy Sabatino’s board track at the San Jose Fairgrounds, 1950 – 1952. Road racing on single-gear track bikes when it was considered effeminate to do so on a road bike. The flavor of this era is conveyed in fictitious events based upon actual incidents, such as the cyclist who fastened a wire to a boxer’s mouthpiece in order to be towed to victory by an automobile.

The sport had no shortage of vibrant, and often eccentric characters at the time such as Oscar Juner, Cocky O’Brien, Dewey Maxwell, Leon Meyer, Ernie Ohrt, and the Gatto brothers, who show up in these stories. Mythical characters based upon actual characters provide further color - the mobster Lido for instance.

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