Edward Carl Bald
- "The Cannon"
P. C. C.
Edward C. Bald of the Buffalo Press Cycling Club racing team began racing in the fall of 1891, when he won the novice race in the arsenal there. A little later he took part in and won the twenty-mile road race of the Roamers, a bicycle club that was composed of him and a score of schoolmates. In 1892 Bald joined the Press Cycling Club and was sent through the New York State Circuit by that club under the care of Joseph Young, who is now one of the same club's flyers. Bald did not have much success on the circuit, but be learned a lot about track racing. At Buffalo, though, he won the city championship.
In 1893 Bald fared better and began in June to win firsts. At Cleveland, June 20th, he won a number of events, also at Little valley, Lockport, other Western New York tournaments and at Detroit.
After the Tonawanda-Buffalo tournament of July 4th Bald went back to his father's butcher shop until the Troy meet of August 25th when Asa Windle, the prince of trainers, took charge of him and few days later, September 4th and 6th, he appeared on the Hartford track, beating Willie Windle, the American champion, and all the other cracks.
The half-mile scratch race at Springfield was won by Eddie Bald in the world's record time of one minute and three seconds. Those two days, the 13th and 14th, added many prizes to the Buffalo boy's collection, and on the 19th at Waltham, near by, he broke the track record for a mile. From Waltham he want on to Baltimore and Scranton, Pa., winning almost everything in which he started. At Reading, Pa., he won the mile open, beating Sanger, Taylor, Tyler and all the fast men in the country except Zimmerman, who did not compete. Bald also secured the quarter mile and half from the field.
Bald captured 63 prizes on the fall circuit last year, divided as follows: Thirty-three first prizes, 18 seconds and 12 thirds. His prizes included 18 diamonds, 8 gold watches, 8 bicycles, silverware, furniture and a lot of other things.
This speedy press cycler made arrangements last winter to come out here and get in shape to train in California, but on learning from the writer that the Midwinter Fair track was not to be finished till this month he went to Florida instead. A few weeks ago he decided with his trainer, Asa Windle, who is an old racing man, to come here for the Midwinter races. But in common with the other fast Eastern men this plan was given up until definite knowledge could be received from the Fair people, and as that was not received he is now at Savannah, training there.
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