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Jim Thorpe is the star of the Olympics...



Item # 639385

July 12, 1912

VALLEY SENTINEL, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, July 12, 1912 

* Jim Thorpe shines at Olympics
* Carlisle Indian School star athlete
* Best title to be have ?


Although legendary athlete Jim Thorpe was born & grew up in Oklahoma, he has very close ties with the city of Carlisle. It was in 1904 when Thorpe attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School that his incredible athletic prowess was discovered by "Pop" Warner, one of the most influential coaches in early football history. Three year later while still at Carlisle Thorpe walked on to the track and made an impromptu high jump in street clothes, beating the school's high jumpers.
He also competed in football, baseball, lacrosse, and even won the 1912 inter-collegiate ballroom dancing championship. Thorpe came to national attention during the 1911 football season as a running back, defensive back, placekicker, and punter, leading his team to the national collegiate championship in 1912, the year in which Carlisle's victory over Army included an injury by future President Dwight Eisenhower while attempting to tackle Thorpe. But it was in track and field where he won Olympic gold at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, for both the pentathlon and decathlon.
Near the top of the first column on the front page is a very nice full figure photo of Jim Thorpe at the Olympics, headed: "JAMES THORPE  Carlisle Indian Athlete Who Won Pentathlon at Olympiad", and the caption beneath the photo reading: "Thorpe is the best all around athlete on the American team. He is also a cracker-jack football and baseball player." (see photos).
Page 3 has an article reporting the latest updates of the success of the Americans at Stockholm, with one column heads: "U.S. ADDS POINTS AT OLYMPIC", "Ralph Craig Captures the 200 Meter Race", "Rose Wins The Shot  Put", "Babcock Breaks Record in Pole Vault. Eight Americans Qualify for Hurdle Race" (see).
Terrific to have not only a front page Olympic report on Jim Thorpe in a newspaper from the town where he was living, but also a photo as well.
Complete in 8 pages, light browning, a bit irregular at the spine but causing no loss of text, some light damp staining, but generally in good condition. Should be handled with care.

Category: The 20th Century

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