Leslie Jones snapped a photograph.
Far from occurring in a Roman stadium, this scene took place in 20th-century Brighton. The mile-long Speedway racetrack that ran along present-day Soldiers Field Road was a popular site for a variety of racing competitions: horseback, harness, bicycle...and chariot. Dressed in a togas, each competitor harnessed four horses (likely stabled in the Speedway Headquarters complex) to his chariot and, with the Harvard Colosseum - sorry, Stadium - as a backdrop, vied for the glory of becoming Boston's best charioteer.
Boston photographer Leslie Jones (1886-1967) documented a Speedway chariot race sometime between 1917 and 1934. A self-described "camera-man" who worked for the Boston Herald-Traveler, he photographed both notable events and everyday life in the city. Today, his work is an invaluable record of 20th-century Boston history and can be viewed in the Boston Public Library's digital collections: https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/collections/commonwealth:2j62s484w. Below are Jones' pictures of a Speedway chariot race.
Although chariot racing isn't part of AHF's revitalization plans for the Speedway, we look forward to creating a similarly vibrant atmosphere in the redeveloped complex. Until then, why not take a modern chariot for a spin down Soldiers Field Road or along the Charles River bike path and enjoy the fall foliage?