Wednesday, July 15, 2020

On this day

1815 1st flat horse race held at English race track Cheltenham on Nottingham Hill

1912 American athlete Jim Thorpe is placed in top 4 in all 10 events, for an Olympic record 8,413 points to win the Decathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982

2000 World record Rugby attendance of 108,874 see New Zealand beat Australia, 39-35 in Tri Nations match at Stadium Australia, Sydney; 5 tries each with Andrew Mehrtens' goal kicking (6) the difference

James Thorpe – American Athlete

James Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. He was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, and became the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States.

Career history
As player:
Canton Bulldogs (1915–1917, 1919–1920)
Cleveland Indians (1921)
Oorang Indians (1922–1923)
Rock Island Independents (1924)
New York Giants (1925)
Rock Island Independents (1925)
Tampa Cardinals (1926)
Canton Bulldogs (1926)
Chicago Cardinals (1928)
As coach:
Indiana (1915) (assistant head coach)[3]
Canton Bulldogs (1915–1920)
Cleveland Indians (1921)
Oorang Indians (1922–1923)
Tampa Cardinals (1926)
Career highlights and awards
First-team All-Pro (1923)
NFL 1920s All-Decade Team
NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
2× Consensus All-American (1911, 1912)

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