Jim Thorpe, age 24, at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Born on Indian territory to parents of mixed ancestry, Thorpe won gold in the pentathlon and the decathlon, dominating eight of the fifteen events. He was later was stripped of both medals when it was revealed that he had played professional baseball before the Olympics. After the games, he played professional football, baseball, and basketball until the age of 41, when the Great Depression ended his athletic career.
About 60 of the 1909 Honus Wagner baseball cards are believed to still exist. The one up for sale now is predicted to bring a million to a million and a half. The 2-1/2-inch by 1-1/2-inch baseball card was released in cigarette packs sold by the American Tobacco Co. from 1909 to 1911. This card is thought to be in better condition than all but five others. In 2011, Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick paid a record 2.8 million dollars for the highest-graded Wagner card in existence.
Baseball history photo: A photo purported to be of the New York Knickerbockers Baseball Club circa 1847. The only positively identified member of the Knickerbockers Base Ball Club in this photo is Alexander Cartwright (top center). Harold Peterson, author of “The Man Who Invented Baseball”, has conjectured that the clean-shaven fellow at the top left may be Cartwright's younger brother, Alfred. Indeed, the two young men are similar in appearance and each has his arm around the other's shoulder.
Charlotte Cooper of Ealing, the first woman Olympic champion at the 1900 Paris Olympics, the first Olympics women were allowed to play in. She had already won 3 Wimbledon titles (and would go on to win 2 more) and beat Hélène Prévost in straight sets to achieve the gold. During the 1900 games Cooper also won gold in mixed doubles. Like many women, Cooper played in a long dress with long sleeves. She died at the age of 96 in 1966.