Jim was actually born a twin, but his brother Charlie died just before he turned 10 years old. The establishment offered American Indians the opportunity to gain practical training in over 20 trades, in addition to off-campus employment at local farms, homes or industries. Thorpe began his athletic career at Carlisle, both playing football and running track. He was triumphantly selected as a third-team All-American inand in and he made the first team.
Reising, 28 May —28 Mar. Jim Thorpe and Babe Ruth James Francis Thorpe, perhaps the greatest performer in the history of sport, spent the summers of and in North Carolina as a baseball player in the Eastern Carolina League.
As a result of his participation, first with the Rocky Mount Railroaders and later with the Fayetteville Highlanders, he was forced, in Januaryto forfeit the many awards he had won during the summer of in the Olympic competition held in Sweden.
Despite the petitions of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world, as well as the commonly held belief that Thorpe played Carolina baseball not for financial gain but for love of competition, the awards are today not in the possession of his heirs and his name does not appear in official Olympic records.
He was educated at four institutions: At the Pennsylvania school, which he entered inhe gained fame in a variety of sports; in football he earned All-American honors in, and The points that he scored in remain the highest total ever amassed by a college player in a single season.
In Julyrepresenting the United States, he easily won the pentathlon and the decathlon track and field events in Olympic competition—the lone athlete ever to triumph in both. As a major league outfielder and first baseman, he compiled a batting average of. In he embarked on a fifteen-year career in professional football, starring for a number of teams including the Canton Bulldogs, New York Giants, and Oorang Indians.
After his retirement from professional athletics inThorpe enjoyed little prosperity. He worked in a variety of jobs—among them as movie actor, master of ceremonies, and day laborer—but none brought him financial success or security. In the Associated Press voted him both the outstanding football player and the outstanding male athlete of the half century, and in Warner Brothers starred Burt Lancaster in the role of Jim Thorpe—All-American, a much-publicized motion picture.
Following difficulties with alcohol, heart ailments, and cancer, he succumbed to a heart attack in Lomita, Calif. His third wife, present at his death, subsequently arranged for his body to be transported to the city of Jim Thorpe, Pa.
In death, as in life, he remains a charismatic legend without peer in the annals of sport. John Steckbeck, Fabulous Redmen Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.On May 22, , one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century was born in a small cabin in Oklahoma.
James Francis Thorpe or Wa-tho-huck in his Native American name which means “bright future”, would have a bright future indeed. It looks like you've lost connection to our server. Please check your internet connection or reload this page.
James Francis Thorpe was born on May 28, near Prague, Oklahoma. He was born to Hiram Thorpe, a farmer, and Mary James, a Pottawatomie Indian and descendant of the last great Sauk and Fox chief Black Hawk, a noted warrior and leslutinsduphoenix.comd: Jul 01, James Francis Thorpe (Sac and Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as "Bright Path"; May 22 or 28, – March 28, ) was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist.
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About James Francis. I was born on May 28, , with my twin brother, Charlie. I was named Wa-Tho-Huck, translated to "Bright Path." I am not actually a full-blooded Indian, just five-eighths.
I am three-eights Potawtomie on my. The Greatest Athlete that ever lived.
James Francis "Jim" Thorpe (Sac and Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as "Bright Path" was an American athlete of mixed ancestry (Native American and Caucasian).