By Robert W. Wheeler
Born in 1888 in Oklahoma Territory, Jim Thorpe was once a Sac and Fox Indian. After attending the Sac and Fox organization tuition and Haskell Indian Junior university in Lawrence, Kansas, he transferred to Carlisle Indian college in Pennsylvania. At Carlisle he led the soccer workforce to victories over many of the nation’s top university teams-Army, military, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. In 1912 he participated within the Olympic video games in Stockholm, successful either the decathlon and pentathlon. It was once then that King Gustav V of Sweden dubbed him "the world’s maximum athlete."Between 1913 and 1919, Thorpe performed expert baseball for the recent York Giants, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Boston Braves. In 1915 he started enjoying expert soccer with the Canton (Ohio) Bulldogs. whilst the head groups have been prepared into the yank specialist soccer organization in 1920, Thorpe was once named the 1st president of the league, which was once renamed the nationwide soccer League in 1922. all through his occupation he excelled in each recreation he performed, incomes King Gustav’s accolade time and again over.
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I am very sorry, Mr. Sullivan, to have it all spoiled in this way and I hope the Amateur Athletic Union and the people will not be too hard in judging me. Jim Thorpe At the age of twenty-four, Jim had permanently emblazoned his name upon the pages of the sporting world's ledger of champions. No athlete had ever surpassed his genius for versatility. Besides being the mightiest all-around football and track and field competitor in history, he was the captain of the Carlisle basketball team, playing all positions.
In the second period the Indians scored twice, the first time directly after a 33-yard run by Thorpe, and the second time after a 50-yard run by the same player. Carlisle scored again in the third period, marching from their own 15-yard line over the Brown goal line. " said the Carlisle-Brown referee, Michael Thompson. 41 Â < previous page ï»¿ < previous page page_138 next page > page_139 next page > Page 139 "The world's greatest athlete, the best football player that ever trod the gridiron, and a peerless leader," the Carlisle Arrow of December 20, 1912, acclaimed Jim.
Maybe some guys can shot put or do a few things better than he can, but for all-around ability as a trackman or as a football player, no one else excelled in so many different departments. But when it came to baseball, he had virtually no experience and was faced with the very best of pitching as soon as he started. You just can't do that! He was a football player, first, and an athlete in everything else, except baseball. He was originally signed only because his name was Jim Thorpe but, after that first year, he stayed in the big leagues on his own.
Jim Thorpe: World's Greatest Athlete by Robert W. Wheeler