Jim Thorpe Ticket
A pair of sports tickets from 1927 are discovered in a used book.
The tickets are for a basketball game featuring Jim Thorpe, the legendary Native American athlete who was known for his 1912 Olympic gold medals and Herculean strengths as a football and baseball player.
Thorpe’s sporting legend looms large, but is this ticket evidence of a chapter of his career almost completely forgotten by history... as a professional basketball player?
History Detectives goes to New York and Pennsylvania to investigate the life of a sports legend and uncover some harsh truths about racism in the sports world.
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