James Francis Thorpe
1887 · Born May 22 on the Sac and Fox Reservation near Belmont, Oklahoma Territory.
1904 · Enters Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, scene of his brilliant career in college football.
1911 · First Team All-American Football Team at Carlisle.
1912 · First Team All-American Football Team at Carlisle. On November 9, Jim Thorpe and his Carlisle football teammates defeat Army and West Point halfback Dwight Eisenhower.
1915 · Jim Thorpe begins playing professional football for the Canton Bulldogs.
1920 · Selected as the first president of the National Football League.
1922-23 · Organizes, Coaches and plays for the "Oorgang Indians," an All-Indians pro Football team.
1929 · Jim Thorpe plays his last professional football game with the Chicago Cardinals on Thanksgiving Day.
1950 · Named the "Greatest Football Player of the Half-Century" and the "Greatest Athlete of the Half-Century."
1953 · Jim Thorpe died on March 28 at Lomita, California.
1954 · The National Football League establishes its most valuable player trophy, naming it in honor of Jim Thorpe. The town of Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania becomes the
1963 · Jim Thorpe is named a charter member at the founding of the National Professional Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio
2000 · ABC's Wide World of Sports, on-line poll names Jim Thorpe, "The Greatest Athlete of the Century"
2001 · November 20, National Unveiling of General Mills Inc., Wheaties Cereal with Jim Thorpe's picture on box.
Dedicated: May 19, 2007
Erected 2007 by Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame Committee and Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 22, 1887.
Location. 40° 53.088′ N, 75° 43.526′ W. Marker is in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker is on North Street (Pennsylvania Route 903) 0.1 miles north of 13th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Jim Thorpe Memorial, Jim Thorpe PA 18229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jim Thorpe (Wa-tho-huck) (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named James Francis Thorpe (within shouting distance of this
Also see . . .
1. Jim Thorpe Biography. (Submitted on April 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Jim Thorpe Pro Football Hall of Fame Biography. (Submitted on April 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.