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Al Fritz

Filed under Hall Of Fame on April 23, 2012 | Comment(s)

Known by many as father of the Schwinn Sting-Ray, Mr. Fritz started on the welding line of Schwinn`s landmark Kostner Avenue plant in Chicago, he worked his way up from the factory floor in 1945, to become the number two man and a member of the Board of Directors at Schwinn Bicycle Company. During a chance Saturday phone call in 1963, a West Coast sales rep told him of a "goofy" fad out there, where kids were "buying used 20" bikes and equipping them with Texas Longhorn handlebars." That Saturday morning phone call planted the seed for a project Mr. Fritz would rapidly prototype, and ultimately launch as the Schwinn Sting-Ray. Every BMX bike on today`s track and trails can trace its roots directly to that first Sting-Ray, built by Al Fritz in the winter of 1963.