Publisher description for All American : the rise and fall of Jim Thorpe / Bill Crawford.


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Counter The first major biography in more than a decade of the great Native American athlete Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) is arguably the twentieth century's greatest athlete, the only man in history to play on a World Series baseball team and on a championship football team as well as winning gold medals in the Olympics. Now, in this fascinating and extensively researched biography, illustrated with rare vintage photographs, biographer Bill Crawford brings Jim Thorpe to life, capturing his great athletic triumphs, his struggle with the prejudices of his time, and his relationship with the legendary Pop Warner, the coach who brought him to international fame only to betray him in what has been termed "the greatest swindle in sports history." Bill Crawford (Austin, TX) has written for Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle and is the coauthor of Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire, among other books.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Thorpe, Jim, 1887-1953, Athletes United States Biography, Indian athletes United States Biography