Standing just 5 ft 1 in (155 m) tall and weighing 135 lb (61 kg), Ritter was "one of the best" board track drivers of his time, racking up an unequalled winning record. He scored five wins in a row at the velodrome in Nutley, New Jersey and four straight at the Coney Island Velodrome. He claimed the national flat track racing title that year, also, and the Heiserman championship in 1940 and 1941.
He was killed in October 1948 while changing a tire at trackside, when he was hit by another competitor.
Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame (1989)
National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame (2003).