Atlanta, GA, August 13, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Book Briefing: Jim Thorpe was one of the most skilled and popular athletes in the early twentieth century. Thorpe’s sports career began at the Carlisle Indian School, located at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Under the direction coach Glenn “Pop” Warner, Thorpe excelled at football and Track. Thorpe was the winner of the Pentathlon and Decathlon events at the 1912 Olympic Games. In 1913, it was discovered that Thorpe had received payment to play in a summer baseball league. The U.S. Amateur Athletic Union revoked Thorpe’s Olympic medals and barred him from ever taking part in amateur sports again.
The books interesting theme revolves around a fictional hearing that was held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It was a warm day, in the Cumberland County Court Room, with standing room only. The judge called upon the President of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to make an opening statement that would change the way history is looked upon.
About the author:
For 3 years, Mr. Sheaffer was chairman of an international organization called "Project Jim Thorpe." During that time he had an opportunity to collect and study all the facts that led to the removal of Jim Thorpe as the winner of the 1912 Olympic events. All of the facts are presented in a fictional hearing for Jim Thorpe.
This will be a must read for anyone interested in sports history.