Louisville, Kentucky: Muhammed Ali's Stolen Bicycle

Replica of the bike stolen from teen Cassius Clay in 1954 hangs above a gym entrance, where he decided to train to box instead of pummeling the thief.

Columbia Gym

Address:
824 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY
Directions:
Columbia Gym. South of midtown, on the west side of S. 4th St., between York and W. Breckenridge Sts.
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Spalding University building entrance.

Muhammed Ali's First Gym

A red bicycle is mounted on the outside of Spalding University's Columbia Gym. While at this gym in 1954, Cassius Clay's bike was stolen. Trainer and police officer Joe Martin encouraged Clay to box after hearing him threaten to "whup" the boy who stole his bike. The red bike is a replica of Clay's stolen one. The hallway to the gym has more information about Muhammed Ali.

[James Michael Hite, 03/13/2020]

The bicycle was mounted above the front door to the gym in 2016.


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