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Born in 1887 in Oklahoma Territory, Jim Thorpe was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation.  At sixteen, he left home to attend Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the off-reservation boarding school in Pennsylvania.  At Carlisle he led the football...
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Born in 1887 in Oklahoma Territory, Jim Thorpe was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation.  At sixteen, he left home to attend Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the off-reservation boarding school in Pennsylvania.  At Carlisle he led the football team to victories over some of the nation's best college teams - Army, Navy, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska.  In 1912 he participated in the Olympic Games in Stockholm, winning both the decathlon and pentathlon.  it was then that King Gustav V of Sweden dubbed him "the world's greatest athlete". 

Throughout his ensuing career in professional baseball and pro football and as a motion picture actor and public speaker, he excelled in everything he pursued. Inspired and led his teammates and co-workers, and advocated for Native Americans.  In a new preface to this classic work, Robert W. Wheeler and Florence Ridlon update Thorpe's story, drawing on research they have conducted in spearheading the effort to restore the athlete's Olympic gold medals and first-place wins in the pentathlon and decathlon, taken from him when it was discovered he had played professional baseball during the summers of 1909 and 1910. 

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