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Born on this day (23rd - April)

1851 - 1898


Wilhelm Werner

1874 - 1947


Bob Burman

1884 - 1916


1932


Dick Atkins

1936 - 1966


Larry Rice

1946 - 2009


Mike Smith

1955 - 2014


Mike Ciochetti

1959


Pierluigi Martini

1961


Chris Kneifel

1961


Paul Belmondo

1963


Parnelli Jones Jr

1969


Thiago Marques

1980



Died on this day (23rd - April)

1892 - 1948


1912 - 1950


Dempsey Wilson

1927 - 1971


Alfred Ethelbert Moss

1896 - 1972



Johnny Baldwin
Johnny Baldwin
UNITED STATES

Born
3 / 3 / 1927
Died
19 / 5 / 2000
A Native of Fresno, California, John began his midget career in 1946 there, but soon relocated to the San Francisco Bay area. During his driving career with northern Californias Bay Cities Racing Association, John racked up a minimum of 125 BCRA main event wins. In doing so, Baldwin captured an amazing nine BCRA driving titles (a combination of 4 Indoor and 5 Overall Championships) between 1952 and 1961. Oh his way to gaining these titles John was instrumental in winning BCRA Owner Championships for Jess Beene, Stan Brooks and John Pestana. While most of his racing career was spent in midgets, Baldwin had successes in Sprint cars and won over 30 Sprint car main events in northern California races. He also entered the Indy 500 in 1956 in a Ferrari but failed to qualify. During USAC's early years Johnny competed in the National events and won two 100 lap events. He retired from competition in 1966, secure in his knowledge that held represented his sport well.