26 Facts About Jim Thorpe

1. In 2018, Jim Thorpe became one of the inductees in the first induction ceremony held by the National Native American Hall of Fame.

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2. Jim Thorpe was inducted into halls of fame for college football, American Olympic teams, and the national track and field competition.

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3. Jim Thorpe is memorialized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame rotunda with a larger-than-life statue.

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4. Jim Thorpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, one of seventeen players in the charter class.

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5. In early 1953, Jim Thorpe went into heart failure for the third time while dining with Patricia in their home in Lomita, California.

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6. Jim Thorpe has spent money on his own people and has given it away.

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7. Jim Thorpe was seen in one scene as a coaching assistant.

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8. Jim Thorpe played a member of the Navajo Nation in the 1950 film Wagon Master.

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9. Jim Thorpe portrayed an umpire in the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All American.

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10. In 1917, Iva and Jim Thorpe bought a house now known as the Jim Thorpe House in Yale, Oklahoma, and lived there until 1923.

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11. Jim Thorpe continued to play for Canton, coaching the team as well.

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12. Jim Thorpe married three times and had eight children.

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13. Jim Thorpe continued to play minor league baseball until 1922.

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14. Jim Thorpe signed with the New York Giants baseball club in 1913 and played sporadically with them as an outfielder for three seasons.

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15. Jim Thorpe had previous experience in the sport, as the public would soon learn.

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16. Jim Thorpe easily earned a place on the pentathlon team, winning three events.

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17. Jim Thorpe was awarded All-American honors in both 1911 and 1912.

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18. Jim Thorpe never practiced in his life, and he could do anything better than any other football player I ever saw.

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19. Jim Thorpe rushed 191 times for 1,869 yards, according to Boda; the figures do not include statistics from 2 of Carlisle's 14 games in 1912 because full records are not available.

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20. Jim Thorpe gained nationwide attention for the first time in 1911.

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21. Jim Thorpe was raised as a Sac and Fox, and his native name, Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as "path lit by great flash of lightning" or, more simply, "Bright Path".

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22. Jim Thorpe referred to Shawnee as his birthplace in the 1943 note.

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23. Jim Thorpe was generally considered to have been born on May 22, 1887, near the town of Prague, Oklahoma.

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24. Jim Thorpe appeared in several films and was portrayed by Burt Lancaster in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe—All-American.

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25. Jim Thorpe struggled to earn a living after that, working several odd jobs.

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26. In 1913, Jim Thorpe signed with the New York Giants, and he played six seasons in Major League Baseball between 1913 and 1919.

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