Three Mere Paragraphs Concerning Jim Thorpe’s Whole Life

It was neither the best, nor entirely worst, of times for Jim Thorpe.

A brief inspection of the internet — in particular the Baseball Reference part of it — reveals that today (May 28th) is the birth anniversary of famous and dead Native American athlete Jim Thorpe. A slightly less brief inspection of the internet reveals that Jim Thorpe endured probably both a miserable life and also not the most miserable life.

Indeed, the author is merely parroting easily consumable facts when he announces that Thorpe (a) won multiple gold medals at the Stockholm Olympics of 1912, (b) played six major-league seasons, mostly for the New York Giants, during the 1910s part of history, (c) proceeded then to record a number of professional football seasons, (d) made a number of film appearances, largely as a stock Indian character, in the 1920s and -30s, and then (e) died penniless in 1953.

The author, finally, is making an embarrassing confession when he states that almost all of the facts above represent new information so far as he (i.e. the author) is concerned.

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Carson Cistulli occasionally publishes spirited ejaculations at The New Enthusiast.

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  1. Raws says:

    of Sac and Fox descent…

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  2. JimNYC says:

    Wait, seriously? That’s all new information for you? Jim Thorpe is one of the greatest athletes of all time — ESPN ranked him as the 7th greatest athlete of the 20th century, but other outlets put him as high as third, behind just Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth. I’m… kind of shocked that somebody like you is unfamiliar with him.

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    • a eskpert says:

      This is a man whose knowledge of Nazis did not extend to Herman Goering. Erudite though he may be, he knows little of much.

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      • RunTeddyRun says:

        We’re all familiar with Cistulli’s passionate fetish for fringe prospects. To me it is not surprising at all that he knows little about a Certified Powerhouse like Thorpe. I forgive him, I can read about actually famous athletes just about anywhere.

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  3. jim k mcauliffe says:

    This is fascinating. I would like to know what else you are not keenly aware of in this grand game’s history. Vean Gregg perhaps? Goody Rosen maybe?

    Love your writing style, right up there with Grant Brisbee.

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  4. Bill says:

    Did you know that the town of Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania legally changed its name to Jim Thorpe? Did you further know that Mauch Chunk means “Bear Place” in, if I’m reading Wikipedia correctly, the language of the people of Delaware?
    Did you further further know that Birmingham Alabama, the birthplace of one Corey Kluber, will one day change its name to reflect that of their most famous son?

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    • Sadwick says:

      Kluberville, Klubertown, or just plain Kluber? Or perhaps a bit more atypical, and name the entire surrounding area “The Klubers”. You could then rename all cities and towns in the area as some form of Kluber, with Birmingham becoming Central Kluber.

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      • Bill says:

        They will call themselves Corey Kluber, omitting no letters as each letter is as important, no, more important, than the letter that precedes it.

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  5. Free Bryan LaHair says:

    are there any heat maps?

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  6. mario mendoza says:

    Probably one of the only athletes to have a town — neigh, a geographical REGION — named after him.

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  7. FreeAlexMeyer says:

    Interestingly, Jim Thorpe never was known to have visited the town of Jim Thorpe, PA.

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