Jim Thorpe in Stockholm, Sweden, 1912

The great Jim Thorpe, who once played baseball in the Capital Region (Schenectady), won both the decathlon (comprising ten events) and the pentathlon (comprising five events) in less than one week at the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden in 1912.  Thorpe was considered to be the greatest American all-around athlete.  He was part indian on both his mother’s and father’s  sides, and he attended the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where he became an outstanding football player.  A quick halfback and a punishing tackler, Thorpe made the All-American team in 1911 and 1912.  From 1913 to 1920, Thorpe played major league baseball.

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