Major Taylor, who was born and raised in Indianapolis, was the first-ever African-American world champion in any sport - so, why don't we talk about him more? The cycling icon overcame tremendous racism and incredible odds, a half-century before Jackie Robinson, to earn the title of world champion in 1899.
We welcomed on author Michael Kranish, whose new book "The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero", to talk about the life and legacy of a too often overlooked sports hero.
In our 20+ minute conversation, we talked about Major's departure from Indianapolis as a teenager, his rise to world champion, and his difficult final years. Take a listen: