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Chester Park Pros

November 15, 2012

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Cracker Jacks pausing from their training at Chester Park in Cincinnati for a bit of publicity. Racing at the park was one of the most popular spectator sports of the 1890’s. Professionals came from Chicago, the East Coast, and Indianapolis to race for a season before heading home in the winter.

It’s interesting that in 1896, when this picture was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer, that racing kits were very similar to those of today; knee length cycling shorts and wool jerseys with team colors.

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