Investigations

Jim Thorpe Ticket

The Case:

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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Aired:
Season 3, Episode 10

Detective:
Wes Cowan Location:
Jamestown, New York

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