Cannon Ball vs. Sink

The attached article originally appeared in the November 6, 1909, Indianapolis News. It reports that two of Indiana's top motorcycle riders and racers - Erwin Baker (in coming years known as Cannon Ball Baker) and John Sink planned to square off in a 100-mile match race. The two had a history of competing with one another all around Indiana and Ohio, with Baker always coming out on top.
The article asserts that 100-mile motorcycle match races were rare in Indiana, but happened more frequently in the East. The reported plan was for the two to appear on a half-mile flat dirt track in Noblesville, whereas many two-wheel events in other parts of the country were on high-banked wood speedways. In the end, the racers apparently duked it out at the Indiana State Fairgrounds oval. Sink won the contest, held on Saturday, November 28.

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