Big Boxer at Brickyard

This image ran in association with a November 28, 1909 Indianapolis Star article about 1910 plans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway . Another article from the previous day discussed former heavyweight world boxing champion Jim Jeffries visiting Indianapolis. Jeffries was performing at Tomlinson Hall - primarially a three-round sparring match with a fighter named Sam Berger.
Earlier in the day Jeffries was hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by track Founder and President Carl Fisher. Fisher drove them around the newly paved brick oval in partner James Allison's Stoddard-Dayton touring car - which is the machine you can see in this image. As noted in the photo cutline the men in this picture are: Speedway Director of Contests Ernie Moross; Jack McCormick (I believe he was a prominent wrestler of the day); Speedway Founder and President Carl Fisher, Jeffries, Speedway Co-Founder Allison and Berger.
The boxer also visited the track's aerodrome in the infield. There he sat in Joseph "J.W." Curzon's Farman airplane and a photo of that moment was also captured by the Star, as well as a second image of Jeffries in the Stoddard-Dayton which ran November 28.
The caption that ran in support of the photo reads as follows:
"When Jim Jeffries made his visit to the city last week he was met at the depot by a big National touring car, which was placed at his disposal during his stay here. E.A. Moross, director of contests at the Speedway, took the champion pugilist out to the famous course, and Carl G. Fisher, head of the Speedway Company, gave Jeff a nice bit of 'joy' ricing in a Stoddard-Dayton machine. Big Jim was enthusiastic in his praise of the track, and also took a keen interest in the big dirigible balloon and the Curzon-Farman flying machine in the aerodrome."

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