Jim Thorpe or Babe Didrikson

Two great all-around athletes


Jim Thorpe won both the decathlon (comprised of ten events) and the pentathlon (comprised of five events) in less than one week at the Olympic Games.  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 a great football player.  A quick halfback and punishing tackler, Thorpe made the All-American team in 1911 and 1912.  Thorpe played major league baseball from 1913 to 1920.  Babe Didrikson was voted the greatest female athlete of the half centuryy in 1950.  She won seven of nine events in the 1931 AAU Women’s Track & Field meet.  She also won two gold medals and a silver in the 1932 summer Olympics.  As a golfer, Didrikson won seventeen tournaments in a row in 1946 and 1947.  In 1948, 1950 and 1954 Didrikson won the U.S. Women’s Open.


Mikey picks Didrikson.  Who do you pick?




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