Jim Thorpe

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe Full Name: Jim Thorpe [James Francis Thorpe]


Profession: Versatile Athlete
Why Famous: Of Native American and European ancestry Thorpe is considered one of the most versatile athletes of the 20th Century. he won Gold at the 1912 Olympics (Pentathlon and Decathlon) before being stripped of his medals for receiving payment as a professional. These medals were reinstated in 1983. He went on to play professional baseball including for the NY Giants, football and basketball.

Born: May 28, 1888
Star Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prague, Oklahoma, USA

Died: March 28, 1953 (aged 64)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1913-10-14 Athlete Jim Thorpe (25) weds Margaret Iva Miller at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-06-02 Athlete Jim Thorpe (57) weds Patricia Askew

Historical Events in the Life of Jim Thorpe

  • 1909-06-16 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals
  • 1912-08-24 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians
  • 1913-01-26 Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional
  • 1913-02-02 NY football Giants sign Jim Thorpe
  • 1963-01-29 Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football Hall of Fame
  • 1973-10-20 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century
  • 1982-10-13 IOC Executive Committee approves the reinstatement of Jim Thorpe's gold medals from the 1912 Olympics
  • 1983-01-18 IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

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