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Jim Thorpe


The short bio from the Helmar-R319 card back: “Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world,” King Gustav told Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, after Jim won the pentathlon and decathlon. Jim is the grandson of the Chippewa warrior Black Hawk. Jim attended the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where Football coach Glenn “Pop” Warner groomed him in football and other sports. Jim was selected as an All-American in football in ’11 and ’12. In ’13, Jim signed a three-year contract with the New York Giants for a princely sum of $6000 per year.


Birth Date: May 28, 1887
Birth Location: Prague, OK
Death Date: March 28, 1953
Death Location: Lomita CA, USA
Weight: 185 lb
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Bats: R
Throws: R
Debut Date: April 14, 1913
Final Game Date: September 25, 1919
Years Played: 8
Games Played: 289
At Bats: 698
Runs: 91
Hits: 176
Doubles: 20
Triples: 18
Home Runs: 7
RBIs: 82
Stolen Bases: 29
Base on Balls: 27
Batting Average: 0.252
Position: Left Fielder

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