FALLEN JOCKEY: Once worth $150,000 and celebrated, now a destitute common thief

“Count no man happy until the end is known,” Solon advised.  The latest confirmation of this wisdom can be found in former jockey Grover Cleveland Fuller.  In 1902 Fuller was languishing in obscurity out west, working as a stable boy for $30 a month.  Then Congressman “Big Tim” Sullivan chanced to meet him.  Recognized his potential, Sullivan brought Fuller out east, where he became the overnight sensation of 1903, winning hundreds of races and earning more than the President of the United States. Now penniless, he is a convicted thief brought low, he says, by “drink and bad associations.” The Detroit Free Press has the details. Ironically, Fuller’s mentor preceded him into “the dustbin of History,” having recently been adjudged insane and committed to a mental institution.

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