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Friday, January 25, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 25, 1913:
A charge that James Thorpe, the world’s greatest athlete, was a professional baseball player two years before he entered the Carlisle Indian school was laid before James E. Sullivan, secretary of the Amateur Athletic Union [yesterday].
The charge originated with Charles Clancy, manager of the Winston Salem club, Carolina Association, who told the sporting editor of the Worcester Daily Telegram that the Indian played for his team as a pitcher and first baseman in 1910.
Glenn Warner, coach of the Carlisle Indian school athletes, [yesterday] received a letter from Charles C.A. Clancy…in which Mr. Clancy denies making the statements attributed to him in a Worcester, Mass., newspaper and encloses a clipping from a Boston paper in which he makes a complete denial of the alleged interview. Mr. Clancy further states that Thorpe never played on his team in the Carolina association or on any other team in that league.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Clancy should have been a politician. Of course Thorpe never played on his team in the Carolina Association; Clancy was managing in the Eastern Carolina League when Thorpe played for him.
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