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Jim Thorpe

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Jim Thorpe (James Francis Thorpe)
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Thorpe with the Canton Bulldogs, c. 1915 – c. 1920
No. 21, 3, 1[1]
Personal information
Born:May 22 or 28, 1887[2]
Near Prague, Indian Territory
Died:March 28, 1953(1953-03-28) (aged 65)
Lomita, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the United States United States
Gold medal – first place 1912 Stockholm Decathlon
Gold medal – first place 1912 Stockholm Pentathlon

James Francis Thorpe (May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete in track, football, and baseball. Thorpe was part Native American and was from Oklahoma. He played football, track, and six other sports at Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. While at Carlisle, Thorpe's team was one of the best in the country, and beat an Army team that had Dwight Eisenhower. Thorpe won gold medals in the pentathlon (five track and field events in one day) and decathlon (ten events in two days) at the 1912 Summer Olympics. After the decathlon, the King of Sweden called him the greatest athlete alive. His medals were taken away because he had played professional baseball, but were returned in 1982, long after his death.[4]

After the Olympics, Thorpe played professional baseball and football. He played for football teams including the Canton Bulldogs, Rock Island Independents, Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants.[5] He was commissioner of the NFL for one year. Thorpe is in the NFL Hall of Fame. He also played for baseball teams including the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, and Boston Braves [6] For several years, Thorpe toured with football, baseball and basketball teams that only had Native American players. Late in life, Thorpe had problems with alcoholism. Thorpe died in 1953. He was buried in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, which changed its name to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hall of Famers by Jersey Number". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  2. Sources vary. See, for example, Flatter, Ron. "Thorpe preceded Deion, Bo", ESPN. Retrieved December 9, 2016, and
    Golus, Carrie (2012). Jim Thorpe (Revised Edition), Twenty-First Century Books. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-4677-0397-0.
  3. Cook. p. 115.
  4. McCallum, Jack (October 25, 1982). "Jim Thorpe's Olympic gold medals at last have been - 10.25.82 - SI Vault". cnn.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
  5. "Jim Thorpe Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  6. "Jim Thorpe Stats". Baseball-Reference.com.