Inductee

William "Cecil" Yates

Inducted in 2007 for Veteran Road & Track Competitor (Pre-1945)

Honors

  • ~1934 - San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 11-17, partnered with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien :: 2nd place.
  • 1934 - Los Angeles Six-Day Bicycle Race, June, partnered with Charley Winter :: 2nd place.
  • 1934 - Vancouver Six-Day Bicycle Race, October, partnered with Eddie Testa :: 1st place.
  • 1934 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 12-18, partnered with Jerry Rodman :: 3rd place.
  • 1935 - Detroit Six-Day Bicycle Race, August 11-18, partnered with Robert Vermeersch :: 1st place.
  • 1935 - Louisville Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 23-29, partnered with Jack Gabell :: 1st place.
  • 1935 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 11-17, 1935 partnered with Tony Schaller :: 4th place.
  • 1935 - New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 2-8, partnered with Jerry Rodman :: 6th place.
  • 1936 - San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 9-14, partnered with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien :: 1st place.
  • 1936 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 16-21, partnered with Xavier van Slembroeck :: 5th place.
  • 1936 - Des Moines Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 27-November 2, partnered with Freddy Zach :: 1st place.
  • 1936 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 9-14, partnered with Jerry Rodman :: 3rd place.
  • 1936 - New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 29-December 5, partnered with Jerry Rodman :: 9th place.
  • 1937 - San Francisco Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 10-15, partnered with Jerry Rodman :: 1st place.
  • 1937 - Oakland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 2-8, partnered with George Dempsey :: 1st place.
  • 1938 - Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 10-16, partnered with Jerry Rodman :: 5th place.
  • 1938 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 30-February 5, partnered with Frankensen :: 4th place.
  • 1938 - Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 23-March 1, partnered with Fred Ottevaire :: 3rd place.
  • 1938 - Pittsburgh Six-Day Bicycle Race, April 10-15, partnered with Fred Ottevaire :: 2nd place.
  • 1938 - Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 9-15, partnered with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien :: 6th place.
  • 1938 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 7-13, partnered with Jules Audy :: 7th place.
  • 1938 - Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 28-December 4, partnered with Jules Audy :: 5th place.
  • 1939 - Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 1-7, partnered with Henry 'Cocky' O'Brien :: 3rd place.
  • 1939 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 13-18, partnered with Heinz Vopel :: 2nd place.
  • 1939 - Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle race, February 28-March 6, partnered with William 'Torchy' Peden :: 5th place.
  • 1939 - Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 28- April 2, partnered with Gustav Killian :: 1st place.
  • 1939 - New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, May 15-20, partnered with Jules Audy :: 7th place.
  • 1939 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 5-11, partnered with Jerry Rodman :: 2nd place.
  • 1939 - New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 20-25, partnered with Cesare Moretti Jr. :: 1st place.
  • 1939 - Buffalo Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 7-13, partnered with Heinz Vopel :: 1st place.
  • 1940 - Columbus Six-Day Bicycle Race, March 20-26, partnered with Al Crossley :: 2nd place.
  • 1941 - Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 13-19, 1941, partnered with Angelo de Bacco :: 1st place.
  • 1940 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, November 10-16, partnered with William 'Torchy' Peden :: 1st place.
  • 1941 - Montreal Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 12-18, partnered with Jules Audy :: 2nd place.
  • 1942 - Milwaukee Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 2-8, partnered with Jules Audy :: 1st place.
  • 1942 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 25-31, partnered with William 'Torchy' Peden :: 1st place.
  • 1942 - Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 8-13, partnered with Jules Audy :: 3rd place.
  • 1947 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 11-18, partnered with Jerry Rodman :: 4th place.
  • 1947 - Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, December 7-13, partnered with Charles Bergna :: 2nd place.
  • 1948 - Winnipeg Six-Day Bicycle Race, January, partnered with Charles Bergna :: 1st place.
  • 1948 - Chicago Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 31- November 6, partnered with Bill Jacoby :: 4th place
  • 1949 - Cleveland Six-Day Bicycle Race, January 5-11, partnered with Charles Bergna :: 1st place.
  • 1949 - New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, February 28- March 6, partnered with Ted Smith :: 4th place.
  • 1949 - New York Six-Day Bicycle Race, October 30- November 4, partnered with Chris Van Ghent :: 5th place.

Biography

Six-day racing legend Cecil Yates (now deceased) won 19 six-day events of the 81 he competed in during the 1930s and 1940s. He was a fixture at pre- and post-World War II six-day events in New York's Madison Square Garden as well as such cities as Chicago, Cleveland and Buffalo. Beyond his 19 victories, he finished either second or third in 26 other races. Born in Thurber, Texas and raised in Chicago, Yates was notorious for finding an opening in a pack of cyclists and careening through at speeds of up to 45 miles-per-hour to seal his victories.

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Cecil Yates was an Irish-American six-day racer who lived on the south side of Chicago. He was born in Thurber, TX (just outside of Dallas) on May 18, 1913 1912 [Date corrected by Cecil Yates' daughter. The 1913 date came from a 6-day program bio]. He went to Chicago as a youngster and soon entered amateur competition, where he won the junior city and state championships. Yates turned professional in 1932. Perhaps his finest victory occurred in the 1939 six-day race in New York's Madison Square Garden, riding with Cesare Moretti as his partner. This team showed their superiority by gaining two laps in the last hour to win by one lap over one of the strongest fields of riders ever assembled for a New York race. In Yates' prime, he was regarded as one of the fastest sprinters in the world.

Yates served 34 months with the Army Air Force during WWII. Yates continued competing throughout the 1940s, won a national title in 1948, and retired from racing in 1950 having won 19 six-day races out of 81 he competed in. In addition to his spate of victories, Yates also finished on the podium in 26 other six-day races with ten 2nd place and sixteen 3rd place results.

Yates was also interested in other sports. He played football for Fenger High School in Chicago, and later played semi-pro football. He also participated in auto-racing, and drove cars on the Ascot Speedway in Los Angeles.

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