"Cannon Ball" Baker

"Cannon Ball" Baker (HM2D6Z)

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46203 Marion County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 44.035', W 86° 8.669'

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Pioneering motorcyclist and racecar driver Erwin G. Baker (born 1882) moved to Indianapolis circa 1893. He won one of the first motorcycle races at the newly opened Speedway, 1909, and raced in 1922 Indy 500. Baker set numerous speed and distance records during his career, often on unpaved roads. Nicknamed "Cannon Ball" after record-breaking transcontinental run in 1914.

Baker lived here across from Garfield
Park by 1926. Many automobile and
racing companies asked him to promote
their brands, as the public associated
his name with professional integrity
and nostalgia for early racing. NASCAR
named him its first commissioner at
its 1947 founding meeting: served
until death, 1960. Later inducted into
several motorsports halls of fame.
HM NumberHM2D6Z
Year Placed2017
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau, Garfield Park Neighbors Association and Friends of Garfield Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 7:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 573309 N 4398575
Decimal Degrees39.73391667, -86.14448333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.035', W 86° 8.669'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 2.0999999999998" N, 86° 8' 40.14" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)317
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 902 E Garfield Dr, Indianapolis IN 46203, US
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