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Cyclist's Little-Known, But 'Major' Contribution

Conventional sports history has it that boxer Jack Johnson was the first, great African-American athlete.

But that distinction might go to Marshall Walter Taylor — better known as "Major" Taylor, an international cycling champion.

NPR's Tony Cox talks with cycling enthusiast Todd Balf, author of the book, Major: A Black Athlete, a White Era, and the Fight to Be the World's Fastest Human Being.

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