This photo was taken by Blade photographer Clarence Bailey on June 21, 1958. The photo shows Phil Mocek, left, and Stanley Przeniczny, right, reviewing scores and information on pigeon races held in Toledo. Edward J. Musielewicz, World War II Navy vet, was a Toledo native known for training champion racing pigeons. While stationed in Japan, Musielewicz flew important inside information in a pigeon-carried capsule that helped save a U.S. ship from enemy attack. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he continued his hobby. His pigeons won engraved silver trophies, cash prizes, and other honors. Pigeon racing was for the dedicated and skilled. Owners could only race a specific breed, Racing Homer, and had to formally train their pigeons to prepare for racing. As the pigeon reached maturity, the owners would begin training. Racing Homers were taken five miles away with an older bird, then released to find their way back home. Once the pigeon showed progress, the owner would lengthen the distance. For younger birds, the distance would be up to 300 miles from their home.
THE BLADE/CLARENCE BAILEY
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