Baker Winning

This image first appeared in the August 15, 1909 Indianapolis Star. The occasion was coverage of the first motorcycle race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The photo captured the moment of victory at the Speedway for local rider Erwin G. Baker - the man who would eventually earn the nickname, "Cannon Ball" for cross country endurance drives on two wheels and four. Baker was also the only competitor in the 1909 motorcycle race to eventually compete in the Indianapolis 500, in 1922. His victory here was in the seventh race of meet, a 10-miler for amateurs. Baker rode an Indian motorcycle. Note the suspension bridge for fans to cross the track in the background. You can see black dots indicating people were witnessing this historic moment from that vista.

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