Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: NFL’s Most Colorful Franchise

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by Robert L. Whitman

Published 1984,Softbound, Illustrated, 124 pp.

The Marion County village of LaRue holds the distinction of being the smallest town to ever host a National Football League franchise.  Walter Lingo, a LaRue area dog breeder, purchased a franchise for $100 in 1922.  He then persuaded his friend Jim Thorpe to lead a group of all Native American football players who became known as the Oorang Indians. Thorpe, who was recognized as one of the greatest athletes in the world, spent two years with the team before moving on to other endeavors.  This book tells the story of Thorpe’s childhood through his professional career and is filled with dozens of  photographs of Thorpe and his Indian teammates.

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