A billboard saluting Jim Thorpe that greets eastbound drivers on U.S. Route 62 between Maple Avenue and Harrisburg Road NE.
WHAT IS IT? A billboard saluting Jim Thorpe that greets eastbound drivers on U.S. Route 62 between Maple Avenue and Harrisburg Road NE.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? It’s been 100 years since Thorpe won gold in both the decathlon and pentathlon at the Stockholm Olympics. He also won All-America football honors and the collegiate ballroom dancing championship, according to Values.com, which supplied the image for the billboard. The billboard was donated by Akron-based Clear Channel Outdoor, after they were contacted by local businessman Jim Parker, who would like to start a local chapter of the Jim Thorpe Association.
AND ANOTHER THING: Thorpe played professional baseball, basketball, and played pro football for six National Football League Teams, including the Canton Bulldogs, which he also coached. He was stripped of his gold medals in 1913, when it was discovered he had played minor league baseball, but in 1983, his name and medals were reinstated in the records. He died on March 28, 1953.
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