Son of Tammany leader Richard Croker died in a car accident at the 1905 Ormond-Daytona Automobile Races
Nationality: United States
Died: January 22, 1905 Ormond Beach, Florida 26 Years
Frank Croker was the second son of Richard Croker, a Tammany leader in New York City. Born in New York City, he attended Brown University with his elder brother, Richard, Jr. After leaving college, he entered a business career, becoming a Director of the Atlantic Coast Realty Company, a Director of the Casulaty Company of America, and the Secretary and Director of the Roebling Construction Company. He also became a member of the New York Athletic Club, the Brown University Club, and the Democratic Club.
Jul 27 2016
Professor Pau Medrano Bigas, Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Barcelona, has forwarded several articles on William K. Vanderbilt Jr. and the Vanderbilt Cup Races from the Italian magazine La Stampa Sportiva published from 1902 to 1910.
Dec 23 2014
Allan Routt of Fairborn, Ohio forwarded this never-before-published photo of a Long Island Motor Parkway sign as this weekend's Mystery Foto.
Mar 19 2014
Tony Kaye has forwarded a September 1974 article by Henry Austin Clark Jr. on the Vanderbilt Cup Races describing many of the breakdowns and accidents. Here is the section on the 1904 race.
Feb 22 2014
Walter Gosden has discovered an original October 11, 1904 letter from"Nephew Harvey Bell" to his "Uncle John" describing his adventures in a US Long Distance automobile to watch the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Jul 20 2013
Joe Oesterle: Do you know exactly where these old pictures (of the Hempstead Control) were taken?
Mar 09 2013
The most prolific photographer of early automobile racing and the Vanderbilt Cup Races was Russian emigrant Nathan Lazarnick. His profile and several of his unique photos are posted tonight.
Nov 20 2012
The primary reason for automobile manufacturers to invest in expensive racing cars and participate in the Vanderbilt Cup Races was to promote their product lines. As an example, one week after the 1904 race, Joseph S. Bunting, secretary and treasurer of Smith & Mabley Manufacturing of New York City, sent a four-page
Nov 16 2012
Frank Croker was the second son of Richard Croker, a Tammany leader in New York City. Born in New York City, he attended Brown University with his elder brother, Richard, Jr.
Apr 04 2012
Richard Althaus, President, Hicksville Gregory Museum: "I am interested to know if you have any info especially photos in regards to Hicksville in your collection. Mainly the 1904 race, where they had to traverse the railroad in Hicksville, not far from the station. Any info you have would be appreciated."
Mar 28 2012
In another VanderbiltCupRaces.com exclusive, this image may be the only photo showing the #17 Simplex breaking down at the Hempstead Control near the end of the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Dec 12 2011
Eighteen racers participated in the first Vanderbilt Cup Race held on October 8, 1904. Photos of 17 of the 18 entrants at the Westbury starting line on Jericho Turnpike are shown here for the first time. The #10 Fiat arrived late at the starting line and began with a running start.
Aug 01 2010
Links to posts related to the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race (Updated: December 31, 2011):
Mar 04 2008
In one of the earliest sports films ever made, the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race action was captured by cameramen G.W. Bitzer and A.E. Weed of the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company in Westbury and Plainedge.