Thorpe, Jim

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Thorpe, Jim Gender: M
James Francis Thorpe
born on 22 May 1887 at 06:30 (= 06:30 AM )
Place Prague, Oklahoma, 35n29, 96w41
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 01°04' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 25°55 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 19°12'

Jim Thorpe


American professional athlete who won awards in over seven events; 100 Meter Dash, the 1500 Meter Run, the Broad Jump, the Discuss, the 100 Meter Hurdle, the High Jump and the Shot Put. A football halfback and head coach 1915-1917, he moved on to professional baseball with the American Indians, 1913-1919. He was called the greatest athlete in the world.

His athletic glory was marred when he was forced to return his gold medals after it was disclosed that he had played semi-pro baseball in 1909 and 1910, violating his Olympics amateur status. His name was erased from the record books and it was not until 1982 that the medals were restored to his family, almost 30 years after his death.

A Native American, Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin. He played football and began to run track while attending an Indian school in Pennsylvania and was 24 when he competed in the Stockholm Olympics. After being stripped of his medals, he went on to play baseball with the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Braves, and football with the Canton Bulldogs, the Cleveland Indians and several other teams.

Thorpe died of a heart attack at 64 at his California home while having dinner with his third wife on 3/28/1953 Lomita, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Kate Buford in her biography "Native American Son, The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe" p. 6: "Jim said he was born in the cabin on 28 May 1888. In fact, he was born a year earlier on May 22. His birthplace was registered as Bellemont".

Kate Buford in a email to Starkman (10 September 2013):"The late Grace Thorpe, one of Thorpe's daughters, was the source of the birth certificate copy which I used, as well as her research into the correct birth date. The Thorpe twins were baptized in November 1887 and the certificate, from the Sacred Heart mission church in Konawa, OK (still there), recorded that the birth was May 22 of that year"

Kate didn't have a copy of the baptismal certificate, but she promised me to send a copy if she can get one.

Robert W. Wheeler in his biography quoted his daughter Charlotte Thorpe Adler: "The time was six-thirty on the morning of May 28 1888…With most Indian tribes, it is the custom for the mother to name her newborn child after a notable experience either during her pregnancy or immediately following its birth. Since she gave birth to Jim shortly after sunrise, the mother's first sight upon looking out through her bedroom window was the pathway, resplendent with reflected sunlight, leading up to the house. Hence the name Wa-tho-huck, which translated means "Bright Path".

Michael A. Schuman in his biography "Jim Thorpe: There's No Such Thing as Can't", appeared a year before Kate's bio also have the birth date 22 May 1887, near Prague, Ok.

Formely, Rodden have 28 May 1888 6.30 am from Ruth Dewey quotes reporter Vern Boatner in Rocky Mt News 8/24/1980 from an interview with Thorpe's daughter.

Starkman initial rectification is 22 May 1887 7.15.32 CST Asc 0Can02'.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Invests in ecology)
  • Vocation : Sports : Baseball (Player and Coach)
  • Vocation : Sports : Football
  • Vocation : Sports : Track and Field (Outstanding athlete)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Coach/ Manager/ Owner (Coach)
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics (1912)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Outstanding historic athlete)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection