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					     I’m JIM
    THORPE.


• Jim Thorpe
  was born in Yale,
  Indian Territory
  (now Oklahoma.)
Jim was a Sac
and Fox Indian,
raised on a farm,
like many
Oklahoma boys in
the early 1900s.
At school, he
played many
sports well,
breaking school
records.
In 1912, he competed in the
           World Olympics,
              where he was
             awarded many
                gold medals
                       by the
            King of Sweden,
           who said he was
       the “greatest athlete
               in the world.”
 His Olympic gold
 medals were won
 for his talents in
  field and track
competitions, such
 as the decathlon
and the pentathlon.
 Today, you can
see some of his
Olympic medals
          at our
   state capitol,
      under this
 painting of Jim
        Thorpe.
In the next years,
he played
professional
football,
becoming a
coach and the
first President
of the NFL.
He also
played
baseball for
the New
York Giants
and the
Cincinnati
Reds.
                    THAT’S ME,
                   JIM THORPE.


Jim Thorpe was Native American,
  belonging to what tribe?
He became famous as an athlete at what
  worldwide event that takes place every
  four years?
What types of sports was Jim Thorpe
  successful in playing?
I’m SHANNON
   MILLER.




• Shannon was
  born in Edmond,
  Oklahoma.
At just 15
years old,
Shannon
competed as a
gymnast in her
first World
Olympics in
1992.
She won the most medals as any
      Olympian athlete!
And was the
first and only
American
woman to
qualify to
compete in
FOUR Olympic
events!
 THAT’S ME,
 SHANNON
  MILLER.

• What do you and Shannon
  Miller have in common?
• What worldwide event could
  Shannon’s talents be seen?
• What records does she hold for
  athletic competitions?
   If you’d like to watch a videoclip of
       Shannon Miller, click HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XpI
                  SQgJd6c
 I’M MICKEY
   MANTLE.


• Mickey
  Mantle was
  born in
  Spavinaw,
  Oklahoma.
  He played
 many sports
in school, but
 baseball was
 his favorite.
He played for
the New York
   Yankees
 many years.
Among Mantle's
many
accomplishments
are all-time
World Series
records for
home runs (18),
runs scored (42),
and runs batted
in (40).
     In 1974, he was
   inducted into the
        Baseball Hall
             of Fame;
his uniform number
       7 was retired.
Mickey Mantle held
           the record
  3rd highest home
    run list with 536.
                       THAT’S ME,
                        MICKEY
                        MANTLE.


• What sport did Mickey Mantle play and
  for what team?
• Where are talented baseball players
  honored after they retire?
• What were some of the records
  Mickey Mantle set?
  If you’d like to see a videoclip about
       Mickey Mantle, click HERE:
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofer
s_and_honorees/hofer_bios/Mantle_Mi
                  ckey.htm
 I’M JONNY
   BENCH.


• Johnny Bench
  enjoyed many
  sports at
  Binger High
  School,
  in Oklahoma.
  But, he played
 baseball for the
 Cincinnati Reds
   in the 1960s-
  1980s, and is
 widely regarded
  as one of the
      greatest
catchers in Major
League Baseball
      history.
  Bench earned
       the Most
Valuable Player
   Award twice,
and was named
 to the National
League All-Star
            team
       12 times.
Bench inspired
many young
ballplayers to
become catchers,
and his use of the
hinged catcher's
mitt became
standard
equipment within
a few years.
                    THAT’S ME,
                     JOHNNY
                     BENCH.


• Why is the MVP Award given to
  professional baseball players?
• What baseball position did Johnny
  Bench play and how did he change
  baseball?
   If you’d like to see a videoclip
          of Johnny Bench,
              click HERE:
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/h
ofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/Ben
           ch_Johnny.htm
Courtesy of the
     Oklahoma
    Council for
 Social Studies
           and
Edmond Public
       Schools

				
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