Jimmy Walthour Jr.

Biography

Jimmy Walthour Jr. was born on January 3, 1910. His father was a bicycle racer turned vaudeville trick cyclist. Jimmy Sr. And Mrs. Walthour had a vaudeville act that was very popular. Jimmy Sr. would ride a bicycle on a home trainer while Jimmy's mother would ride a white horse on a treadmill. A large dial would track who was ahead.

Jimmy's uncle Bobby Walthour Jr. (his father's twin brother), was a successful six-day racer in the USA. Jimmy is the nephew of the cycling legend Bobby Walthour, "the Dixie Flyer". With these cycling credentials and genetic heritage there is no doubt that Jimmy was marked for greatness. Growing up in New York City within blocks of Madison Square Garden Jimmy knew at an early age that he wanted to be a professional cyclist.

Under the guidance of his father, Jimmy started competing as a teen ager in amateur cycling events and by fifteen years old was recognized as a cycling prodigy. In 1927, at 17 years old, Jimmy won the Amateur Cycling Championship of America on both the track and the road.

He was chosen to represent the USA in cycling at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics but instead signed a professional contract with John Chapman, the bicycle czar six-day race promoter. There were some interesting conditions of this contract. A clause forbade Jimmy to marry for six years or give up a $10,000 bonus. A little over a year later Jimmy was married.

The cycling ability that Jimmy showed as an amateur quickly spread to the 6-day whirl. Partnered with another rookie 6-day racer Franz Duelberg from Germany this duo won six-day races in Detroit and Chicago in November 1928.


Al Crossley and Jimmy Walthour
For the next thirteen years Jimmy Walthour became a sports celebrity and cycling superstar travelling across the USA, Canada and Europe to compete. Jimmy's blazing speed and sense of pace always ensured that he would be in contention for a podium placing. Between 1928 and 1940 Jimmy participated in 89 six-day races. Over that time period he had 38 podium places: 14 victories, 15 second places and 9 third places. 43% of the time Jimmy and his partner would end up on the podium.

Jimmy was extremely popular at the six-day races in New York and Chicago. He raced in 19 six-day races in both Chicago and New York. Jimmy also raced 11 six-day races in Canada (Montreal, Toronto) and in the European six-day races, 7 six-day races (London, Rotterdam, Paris, Saint Etienne and Antwerp).

The six-day racing career of Jimmy Walthour also included five triple six-day formats. Walthour was very successful in this style of six-day race getting four podium placing in the five triple six-day races he competed in: 1st place in Toronto 1934 and Pittsburgh 1935, 3rd place in Cleveland and Minneapolis in 1934.

In the Historical Overall Classification of the 6-Day Racers (by Jacq van Reijendam, 2007), Jimmy Walthour is ranked as the top USA racer in 44th place with 146 points (first place=5 points, second place=3 points, third place=2 points and fourth place=1 point).


Al Crossley and Jimmy Walthour

Just behind Jimmy Walthour in 45th place with 145 points is his long-time partner Alfred Crossley from New Bedford Massachusetts. Jimmy and Al Crossley were partners in 40 six-day races over 7 years (1934-1940), these two racers were a class act. They raced with red, white and blue satin jerseys with stars and stripes. Jimmy had blonde hair, was 5' 6" tall and 150 pounds and Crossley had dark hair, was nicknamed 'Bing' because he loved to croon and was bit taller and heavier than Jimmy Jr. Both racers were excellent sprinters and had the endurance to hammer in the jams that lasted for hours.

Albert Schelstraete, an 89 year old former Canadian six-day racer and velodrome builder raced against Walthour/Crossley at the November 1940 Chicago six-day race. Schelstraete noted recently that these racers, even as veterans in the game were striking in their presence. Their handsome healthy looks, colourful racing kit, fluid riding style and smooth Madison exchanges captured the admiration of spectators and fellow racers alike.

At present the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame has not inducted Jimmy Walthour into the USBHOF. Certainly this author recognises the contribution this racer made to the cycling history of the USA.

Jimmy Walthour was 73 years old when he passed away January 29, 1983.

Arnold Devlin


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Palmares

  1. Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 29-November 3, 1928, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger), 1st place.
  2. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 13-18, 1928, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger), 1st place.
  3. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 3-9, 1928, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger), 4th place.
  4. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 4-10, 1929, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger), 2nd place.
  5. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 17-23, 1929, partnered with Fred Spencer (Usa), DNF.
  6. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 8-14, 1929, partnered with Charley Winter (Usa), 5th place.
  7. New Your Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 1-7, 1929, partnered with Norman Hill (Usa), 4th place.
  8. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 9-15, 1930, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger), 6th place.
  9. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 3-9, 1930, partnered with Franco Giorgetti (Ita), DNF.
  10. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 9-14, 1930, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger), 8th place.
  11. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 30-December 5, 1930, partnered with Charly Winter (Usa), DNF.
  12. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 10-15, 1931, partnered with Bobby Walthour Jr. (Usa), 9th place.
  13. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1-6, 1931, partnered with Bobby Walthour Jr. (Usa), 9th place.
  14. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 8-13, 1931, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 6th place.
  15. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 30-December 5, 1931, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 4th place.
  16. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 7-13, 1932, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 5th place.
  17. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28-March 5, 1932, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 4th place.
  18. Philadelphia Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, 1932, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 5th place.
  19. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 1932, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 9th place.
  20. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 28-December 3, 1932, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 9th place.
  21. Philadelphia Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 11-17, 1932, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 7th place.
  22. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 27-March 5, 1933, partnered with Bobby Walthour Jr. (Usa), DNF.
  23. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 11-17, 1933, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 5th place.
  24. Boston Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 1933, partnered with Prudent Delille (Bel), 6th place.
  25. Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 1933, partnered with Frank Elliot (Usa), 2nd place.
  26. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 30-November 6, 1933, partnered with Ewald Wissel (Ger), 1st place.
  27. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 1933, partnered with George Dempsey (Usa), 3rd place.
  28. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 22-27, 1934, partnered with Anthony Schaller (Usa), 4th place.
  29. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 25-March 2, 1932, partnered with Charly Winter (Usa), 7th place.
  30. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 13-19, 1934, partnered with Charly Ritter (Usa), 7th place.
  31. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 6-12, 1934, partnered with Willy Grimm (Usa), DNF.
  32. Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 3-9, 1934, partnered with Frank Keating (Usa), 2nd place.
  33. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 23-30, 1934, Partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 1st place.
  34. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 15-21, 1934, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 2nd place.
  35. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 29-November 3, 1934, Triple: partnered with Fred Ottevaire (Usa) and Reggie Fielding (Can), 1st place.
  36. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 8-14, 1934, Triple: partnered with Charly Winter (Usa) and Freddy Zaech (Sui), 3rd place.
  37. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 18-24, 1934, Triple: partnered with Reggie Fielding (Can) and Al Crossley (Usa), DNF.
  38. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 2-8, 1934, Triple: partnered with Ernest Buhler (Sui) and Alfred Crossley (Usa) 3rd place.
  39. Kansas City Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 8-14, 1935, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  40. Los Angeles Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1935, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 1st place.
  41. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 7-13, 1935, Triple: partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa) and Charly Winter (Usa), 1st place.
  42. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 30-May 5, 1935, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 2nd place.
  43. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 7-13, 1935, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 6th place.
  44. Minneapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 12-18, 1935, partnered with Charly Winter (Usa), 7th place.
  45. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 22-28, 1935, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 1st place.
  46. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 14-20, 1935, partnered with Henri Lepage (Can), 2nd place.
  47. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 28-November 3, 1935, partnered with Charley Winter (Usa), DNF.
  48. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 2-8, 1935, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  49. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 16-22, 1936, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  50. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-29, 1936, partnered with Norman Hill (Usa), 8th place.
  51. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 16-21, 1936, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), DNF.
  52. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 13-19, 1936, partnered with Borris, 8th place.
  53. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 27-May 3, 1936, partnered with Charly Winter (Usa), 1st place.
  54. London Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 20-26, 1936, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 4th place.
  55. Rotterdam Zesdaagse, November 6-13, 1936, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 4th place.
  56. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 29-December 5, 1936, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 1st place.
  57. Antwerp Zesdaagse, February 5-11, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), DNF.
  58. Rotterdam Zesdaagse, February 19-25, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), DNF.
  59. Saint Etienne 6-Jours, March 17-23, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  60. Paris 6-Jours, April 1-7, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 8th place.
  61. London Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 17-22, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 3rd place.
  62. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 28-October 3, 1937, partnered with Laurent Gadou (Can), 2nd place.
  63. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 10-16, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 4th place.
  64. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 8-13, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 7th place.
  65. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 30-December 5, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 4th place.
  66. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 13-19, 1937, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  67. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 10-16, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  68. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 30-February 5, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  69. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-March 1, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 1st place.
  70. Indianapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 3-9, 1938, partnered with Fred Ottevaire (Usa), DNF.
  71. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 10-15, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 1st place.
  72. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 19-25, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 3rd place.
  73. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 9-15, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 3rd place.
  74. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 7-13, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 8th place.
  75. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 28-December 4, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 3rd place.
  76. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 1-7, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 1st place.
  77. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 13-18, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 4th place.
  78. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28-March 6, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  79. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 13-19, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 4th place.
  80. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 28-April 2, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 3rd place.
  81. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 15-20, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 3rd place.
  82. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 5-11, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 4th place.
  83. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 20-25, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 8th place.
  84. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 24-30, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 3rd place.
  85. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, 1940, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), 7th place.
  86. Columbus Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 20-26, 1940, partnered with Charles Bergna (Usa), DNF.
  87. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, April5-11, 1940, partnered with Bob Thomas (Usa), 5th place.
  88. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April14-20, 1940, partnered with Bob Thomas (Usa), 1st place.
  89. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 10-16, 1940, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa), DNF.


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Partners

  1. Alfred Crossley (Usa): 40 six-day races
  2. Charley Ritter (Usa): 10 six-day races
  3. Charly Winter (Usa): 8 six-day races
  4. Franz Duelberg (Ger): 6 six-day races
  5. Henri Lepage (Can): 4 six-day races
  6. Bobby Walthour Jr. (Usa): 3 six-day races
  7. Norman Hill (Usa): 2 six-day races
  8. Fred Ottevaire (Usa): 2 six-day races
  9. Reggie Fielding (Can): 2 six-day races
  10. Bobby Thomas (Usa): 2 six-day races
  11. Franco Giorgetti (Usa): 1 six-day race
  12. Prudent Delille (Bel): 1 six-day race
  13. Frank Elliot (Usa): 1 six-day race
  14. Ewald Wissel (Ger): 1 six-day race
  15. George Dempsey (Usa): 1 six-day race
  16. Anthony Schaller (Usa): 1 six-day race
  17. Willy Grimm (Usa): 1 six-day race
  18. Frank Keating (Usa): 1 six-day race
  19. Freddy Zach (Sui): 1 six-day race
  20. Ernest Buhler (Sui): 1 six-day race
  21. Jules Audy (Can): 1 six-day race
  22. Laurent Gadou (Can): 1 six-day race
  23. Charles Bergna (Usa): 1 six-day race
  24. Borris: 1 six-day race

The six-day racing career of Jimmy Walthour also included five triple six-day race formats. Walthour was very successful in this type of race getting 4 podiums placing in the five triple six-day races he competed in: 1st place in Toronto 1934, and Pittsburgh 1935, 3rd place in Cleveland 1934 and Minneapolis 1934.


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Victories

  1. Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 29-November 3, 1928, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger).
  2. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 13-18, 1928, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger).
  3. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 30-November 6, 1933, partnered with Ewald Wissel (Ger).
  4. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 23-30, 1934, Partnered with Henri Lepage (Can).
  5. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 29-November 3, 1934, Triple: partnered with Fred Ottevaire (Usa) and Reggie Fielding (Can).
  6. Los Angeles Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 1935, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa).
  7. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 7-13, 1935, Triple: partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa) and Charly Winter (Usa).
  8. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 22-28, 1935, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa).
  9. Toronto Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 27-May 3, 1936, partnered with Charly Winter (Usa).
  10. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 29-December 5, 1936, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa).
  11. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-March 1, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa).
  12. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 10-15, 1938, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa).
  13. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 1-7, 1939, partnered with Alfred Crossley (Usa).
  14. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April14-20, 1940, partnered with Bob Thomas (Usa).

Over a thirteen year career as a professional six-day racer Jimmy Walthour won 16 six-day bicycle races. Alfred Crossley, the New Bedford, Massachusetts flyer was a potent partnership for Jimmy and they won seven races as a team.


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Cities

  1. Chicago: 19 six-day races
  2. New York: 19 six-day races
  3. Cleveland: 6 six-day races
  4. Montreal: 6 six-day races
  5. Buffalo: 5 six-day races
  6. Pittsburgh: 5 six-day races
  7. Toronto: 5 six-day races
  8. Milwaukee: 4 six-day races
  9. Detroit: 3 six-day races
  10. Philadelphia: 2 six-day races
  11. Minneapolis: 2 six-day races
  12. London: 2 six-day races
  13. Rotterdam: 2 six-day races
  14. Antwerp: 1 six-day race
  15. Saint Etienne: 1 six-day race
  16. Paris: 1 six-day race
  17. Boston: 1 six-day race
  18. Kansas City: 1 six-day race
  19. Los Angeles: 1 six-day race
  20. San Francisco: 1 six-day race
  21. Indianapolis: 1 six-day race
  22. Columbus: 1 six-day race
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Newspaper Articles

Aquired from Newpaperarchive.com

JEFFERSON CITY POST-TRIBUNE - Friday, February 19, 1937

SPORT SLANTS by PAP'
You expect any youngster bearing the name of Walthour to be a fine bike rider. In the cast of the Jimmy Walthour you are 100 percent right. Jimmy is one of the most promising American riders.
Last fall, teamed with Al Crossley he won the 6-day race in Madison Square Garden. Walthour and Crossley formed the first American team to win in the famous sports arena since 1927.
Jimmy is a cousin of Bobby Walthour, 6-day star half a dozen years back, and the nephew of Bobby's father, known as the "Dixie Flier," one of the greats of 6-day riding a generation ago. Jimmy's dad James, sr., never attained the racing prominence of his brother Bob but he did better than fair in vaudeville.
The senior Jimmy Walthour and Mrs. Walthour had an act that went over big. Dad Walthour would ride a bike on a home trainer and Jimmy's mother would ride a white horse on a treadmill, and they raced each other. Later on, Bobby, sr., and his wife took over the act.

Father Trains Him
Jimmy's father has been his trainer ever since the youngster took up bike racing as an amateur a dozen years ago. Jimmy, sr. is the boy's companion at outdoor races and indoor contests.
After Jimmy won the amateur cycling championship of America in 1927 his father decided he was ready to pedal with the pros, in 1928 he joined the mercenaries. He won his first 6-day race the same year- something no other rider has been able to do. Jimmy has ridden on nine winning teams. Several successes have been with Crossley. The pair won 6-day races in Los Angeles, Pittsburrg and Toronto before taking first in New York.
Jimmy is just coming into his prime. He is 26 years old, weighs 150 pounds, stands 5 feet 61/2 inches. He was born at Eighth Avenue and 47th Street in New York city, a stone's throw from Madison Square Garden.

'A Bicycle Built for Two'
Some of you old-timers recall the famous song line of a generation ago- "On a Bicycle Built for Two. Well that piece was written when Bobby Walthour, sr., at the peak of his popularity, eloped.
Years later, when his son was winning races just like his famous daddy did, a sprint that showed Bobby Walthour out in front was the signal for the band to strike up the number that recalled his father's elopement. The piece still is played whenever bike riders go whirling about a wooden saucer.



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