Willie Simms: Inducted in 1977
Hailing from the state of Georgia, Willie Simms is noted as one of racing’s greatest jockeys, as he outperformed the competition with skill and sheer talent. Beginning his career in 1887, Simms went on to dominate the sport in 1893 and 1894, when records show he was ahead of all other American riders in terms of wins for the year. His horses galloped in races such as the Champagne Stakes and other highly esteemed competitions in his era. All together, Simms was victorious in over 1,000 races he competed in, cementing him as a giant in the sport. The book pays homage to all of Simm’s achievements, highlighting how his accomplishments, like his perfect record in the Run for the Roses, have yet to be matched.