Sims Celebrated American Jockey' Willie Simms

Sims Celebrated American Jockey' Willie Simms

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Object Name
button, horse racing
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 in; x 2.54 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Horse Racing
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Willie Simms was born in Georgia in 1870. His mother, Ida Pleasant, moved to Augusta from Warren County, Georgia, when Willie was a small boy. His Uncle, Isham Welborn, was a successful livery stable owner and hackman. Willie learned to ride there at his uncle's establishment. Since Willie was small in stature as well as a great rider, he soon moved from Augusta and traveled the world, becoming one of the premier jockeys before 1900, winning the races that would later become a part of the triple crown. After 1900, white jockeys began to replace the black jockeys. Simms died in Asbury Park, New Jersey on February 26, 1927, at the age of 57.

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