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The 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles
The president invited Thorpe, who was too poor to buy a ticket, to join him to watch the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles

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World-Class Athlete Jim Thorpe Was Born
May 28, 1888

Football was not as popular as baseball back then, but Thorpe helped make it the wildly popular sport it is today and became the first president of the new American Professional Football Association (later the National Football League--NFL). As his professional sports career drew to a close, the Depression proved a hard time for Thorpe. He held a variety of jobs, but he could not afford to buy a ticket to the 1932 Olympic games. When he was invited to sit in the presidential box, a crowd of 105,000 stood to cheer him. After his death, Thorpe was also given back his Olympic medals and his name was reentered into the record books. Can you name other multiple-sports stars? Ask your family if they have heard of Jim Thorpe.
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