Jim Thorpe Biography

James Francis "Jim" Thorpe was an American athlete of Native American and European ancestry. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football, and also played professional baseball and basketball. He lost his Olympic titles after it was found he was paid for playing two seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics, thus violating the amateurism rules that were then in place. In 1983, 30 years after his death, the International Olympic Committee restored his Olympic medals.

Thorpe grew up in the Sac and Fox Nation in Oklahoma. He played as part of several all American Indian teams throughout his career, and "barnstormed" as a professional basketball player with a team composed entirely of American Indians.

From 1920 to 1921, Thorpe was nominally the first president of the American Professional Football Association, which would become the National Football League in 1922.

He played professional sports until age 41, the end of his sports career coinciding with the start of the Great Depression. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Jim Thorpe
Full Name:
James Francis Thorpe
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Sailor, Baseball player, American football player, Actor
Ethnicity:
Sauk people
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Death:
March 28, 1953
Age at Death:
unknown
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
Marriages
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