Cecil Yates

Biography

William Cecil Yates was born in Erath County, Texas in May 8, 1912. He moved with his family to the Southside of Chicago and got interested in sports as a teenager. He played varsity football at his high school and quickly got enamored in bicycle racing and the six-day racing scene. He showed great promise and was selected to go to New York City for their six-day bicycle race partnered with Mike Rodak in 1932. Cecil was 19 years old. He won his first six-day race in Vancouver, British Columbia in October 1934, partnered with the Californian racer Eddie Testa.

Cecil was known as a speedster. He could turn on the jets during a jam and have the field chasing him around the track. He was a crowd pleaser for the sporting fans. When Cecil Yates was racing the patrons knew that there would be lots of action on the track.

Cecil was a regular six-day racer in the sports most lucrative venues; Chicago (13 races), New York City (11 races) and San Francisco (4 races). In total Cecil Yates raced in 17 North American cities. He raced in Canada five times and won 3 six-day races. Cecil had two favorite partners both from the Chicago area, the transplanted Canadian Jules Audy and the stalwart Jerry Rodman. Cecil raced with Rodman and Audy 8 times each. In total Cecil raced with 28 six-day racing partners.

In the Historical Classification of Six-Day Racers (Jacq van Reijendam, 2007, Breda NL), Cecil Yates sits in 58th place out of over 4000 six-day racers in the past 108 years. Cecil won 16 six-day races and had an amazing podium placing average of 55%. His professional six-day racing career covered 17 years from 1932-1949. He raced in 56 six-day races. Cecil died in 1987 at the age of 74 years old in Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona. He is survived by daughter Geneil Yates Smith.

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Palmares

  1. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28- March 5, 1932 partnered with Mike Rodak (Usa), DNF.
  2. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 11-17, 1934, partnered with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (Usa), 2nd place.
  3. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 1934 partnered with George 'Bus' Parker (Usa), DNF.
  4. Los Angeles Six-Day Bicycle Race, June 1934, partnered with Charley Winter (Usa), 2nd place.
  5. Vancouver Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 1934, partnered with Eddie Testa (Usa), 1st place.
  6. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 12-18, 1934, partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 3rd place.
  7. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 17-23, 1935, partnered with Bobby Walthour Jr. (Usa), DNF.
  8. Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, August 11-18, 1935 with Robert Vermeersch (Usa), 1st place.
  9. Louisville Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 23-29, 1935, partnered with Jack Gabell (Usa), 1st place.
  10. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 11-17, 1935 partnered with Tony Schaller (Usa), 4th place.
  11. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 2-8, 1935, partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 6th place.
  12. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 13-19, 1935, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), DNF.
  13. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 9-14, 1936, partnered with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (Usa), 1st place.
  14. Oakland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 19-25, 1936, partnered with Franz Duelberg (Ger), DNF.
  15. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-27, 1936, partnered with Charley Winter (Usa), DNF.
  16. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 16-21, 1936, partnered with Xavier van Slembroeck (Usa), 5th place.
  17. Des Moines Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 27-November 2, 1936 partnered with Freddy Zach (Sui), 1st place.
  18. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 9-14, 1936, partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 3rd place.
  19. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 29-December 5, 1936 partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 9th place.
  20. San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 10-15, 1937, partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 1st place.
  21. Oakland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 2-8, 1937, partnered with George Dempsey (Usa), 1st place.
  22. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 10-16, 1938, partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 5th place.
  23. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 30-February 5, 1938, partnered with Frankensen (Usa), 4th place.
  24. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-March 1, 1938 partnered with Fred Ottevaire (Usa), 3rd place.
  25. Indianapolis Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 3-9, 1938, partnered with Al Crossley (Usa), DNF.
  26. Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 10-15, 1938 partnered with Fred Ottevaire (Usa), 2nd place.
  27. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, September 19-25, 1938, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), DNF.
  28. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 9-15, 1938 with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (Usa), 6th place.
  29. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 7-13, 1938, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 7th place.
  30. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 28-December 4, 1938 with Jules Audy (Can), 5th place.
  31. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 1-7, 1939, partnered with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (USA), 3rd place.
  32. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 13-18, 1939, partnered with Heinz Vopel (Ger), 2nd place.
  33. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle race, February 28-March 6, 1939 partnered with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 5th place.
  34. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 28- April 2, 1939, partnered with Gustav Killian (Ger), 1st place.
  35. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 15-20, 1939, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 7th place.
  36. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 5-11, 1939, partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 2nd place.
  37. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 20-25, 1939, partnered with Cesare Moretti Jr. (Usa), 1st place.
  38. Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, 1939, partnered with Heinz Vopel, 1st place.
  39. Columbus Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 20-26, 1940 partnered with Al Crossley (Usa), 2nd place.
  40. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 5-11, 1940, partnered with Al Crossley (Usa), DNF.
  41. Pittsburg Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 14-20, 1940 with Al Crossley (Usa), DNF.
  42. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 13-19, 1941, partnered with Angelo de Bacco (Ita), 1st place.
  43. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 10-16, 1940 partnered with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place.
  44. Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 12-18, 1941, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 2nd place.
  45. Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 2-8, 1942, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 1st place.
  46. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 25-31, 1942, partnered with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 1st place.
  47. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 8-13, 1942, partnered with Jules Audy (Can), 3rd place.
  48. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 11-18, 1947, partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa), 4th place.
  49. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 7-13, 1947, partnered with Charles Bergna (Usa), 2nd place.
  50. Winnipeg Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 1948, partnered with Charles Bergna (Usa), 1st place.
  51. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 26- March 2, 1948, partnered with Charles Bergna (Usa), DNF.
  52. Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 31- November 6, 1948 with Bill Jacoby (Usa), 4th place
  53. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 15-20, 1948 partnered with Bill Jacoby (Usa), DNF.
  54. Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 5-11, 1949, partnered with Charles Bergna (Usa), 1st place.
  55. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28- March 6, 1949 partnered with Ted Smith (Usa), 4th place.
  56. New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 30- November 4, 1949, partnered with Chris Van Ghent (Nl), 5th place.

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Partners

  • Jerry Rodman (Usa), 8 races
  • Jules Audy (Can), 8 races
  • Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (Usa,) 4 races
  • Al Crossley (Usa), 4 races
  • Charles Bergna (Usa), 4 races
  • Bill Jacoby (Usa), 2 races
  • Charley Winter (Usa), 2 races
  • Fred Ottevaire (Usa), 2 races
  • Heinz Vopel (Ger), 2 races
  • William 'Torchy' Peden (Can), 2 races
  • Freddy Zach (Usa)
  • Xavier van Slembroeck (Usa)
  • Franz Duelberg (Ger)
  • Mike Rodak (Usa)
  • George 'Bus' Parker (Usa)
  • Eddy Testa (Usa)
  • Bobby Walthour Jr. (Usa)
  • Robert Vermeersch (Usa)
  • Jack Gabell (Usa)
  • Tony Schaller (Usa)
  • George Dempsey (Usa)
  • Frankensen
  • Gustav Killian (Ger)
  • Cesare Moretti Jr. (Usa)
  • Angelo de Bacco (Usa)
  • Douglas Peden (Can)
  • Ted Smith (Usa)
  • Chris van Ghent (NL)

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Victories

  • Vancouver Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 1934, partnered with Eddie Testa (Usa).
  • Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, August 11-18, 1935, with Robert Vermeersch (Usa).
  • Louisville Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 23-29, 1935, partnered with Jack Gabell (Usa).
  • San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 9-14, 1936, partnered with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien (Usa).
  • Des Moines Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 27-November 2, 1936, partnered with Freddy Zach (Sui).
  • San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 10-15, 1937, partnered with Jerry Rodman (Usa).
  • Oakland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 2-8, 1937, partnered with George Dempsey (Usa).
  • Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 28- April 2, 1939, partnered with Gustav Killian (Ger).
  • New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 20-25, 1939, partnered with Cesare Moretti Jr. (Usa).
  • Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, 1939, partnered with Heinz Vopel.
  • Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 13-19, 1941, partnered with Angelo de Bacco (Ita).
  • Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 10-16, 1940, partnered with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can).
  • Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 2-8, 1942, partnered with Jules Audy (Can).
  • Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 25-31, 1942, partnered with William 'Torchy' Peden (Can).
  • Winnipeg Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 1948, partnered with Charles Bergna (Usa).
  • Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 5-11, 1949, partnered with Charles Bergna (Usa).

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Cities

  • Chicago, 13 times
  • New York, 11 times
  • Cleveland, 6 times
  • San Francisco, 4 times
  • Buffalo, 4 times
  • Montreal, 3 times
  • Milwaukee, 3 times
  • Pittsburgh, 2 times
  • Oakland, 2 times
  • Los Angeles, once
  • Detroit, once
  • Louisville, once
  • Vancouver, once
  • Winnipeg, once
  • Columbus, once
  • Des Moines, once
  • Indianapolis, once
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Newspaper Articles

New York Times, November 19, 1939 (PDF) TOP