November 17, 2022

Today in History: Jim Thorpe

Last Updated on May 31, 2019

The Salt Lake tribune., December 03, 1911, SPORTING SECTION, Page 2, Image 38
Today in History–May 28–the Library of Congress features athlete Jim Thorpe, born on this day in 1888 in Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma. A double gold medalist (decathlon and pentathlon) at the 1912 Olympics and played baseball and football professionally. Learn more about the ups and downs of the man dubbed the “athlete of the century” by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Jim Thorpe.

World-Class Athlete Jim Thorpe Was Born from America’s Library

Jim Thorpe image set

Jim Thorpe – Great Native American Athlete, Topics in Chronicling America

More Jim Thorpe historical newspaper coverage

Jim Thorpe related legislation

Football Through Film and Other Primary Sources Teaching with the Library of Congress blog January 31, 2019

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