Thorpe [and] McGloughlin (LOC)

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    Thorpe [and] McGloughlin

    [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

    1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

    Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
    Jim Thorpe (left) and Thomas McLaughlin (right) on track; McLaughlin was from Loughlin Lyceum in Boston, (Pictorial History Committee, Society for American Baseball Research, 2006).
    Photo shows American Indian athlete Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) with another man, possibly McLaughlin, on track at Celtic park in Queens, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008, 2012)
    Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

    Format: Glass negatives.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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    Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):

    Call Number: LC-B2- 2551-15

    ibison4, haunted house of projects, and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. swanq 80 months ago | reply

      See for more about Jim Thorpe, who won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics (pentathlon & decathlon), but had to return the medals when it was discovered that he had played baseball for pay, and was therefore not an amateur. He later played both baseball and football professionally.

      This may have been in May 1912, at US tryouts for the pentathlon. See NYT for May 19, 1912 [

      The title given to the picture matches neither the spelling on the slide for McLoughlin nor the spelling used by the NYT, McLaughlin.

    2. Jukka1 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Retro Athlete, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. Camera.Ed 51 months ago | reply

      McLoughlin's t-shirt rocks! No wonder he's ahead. (cue Chariots of Fire by Vangelis.)

    4. Wayne F Baker 39 months ago | reply

      This photo appears to have been taken at Celtic park in Queens, NY - the house in the background is fairly distinctive and appears in other Celtic Park photos. Thorpe competed against McLaughlin at the Pentathlon Trials on May 18, 1912 at Celtic Park. This appears to be the 1500 meters race, where McLaughlin nipped Thorpe 4:49 to 4:49 4/5. (This according to a NY Times article of the period.) - Wayne Baker

    5. Arden (LOC P&P) 39 months ago | reply

      Wayne F. Baker: Thanks for the information on Celtic Park. The image does seem to show athletes Thorpe and McLaughlin at Celtic Park. This website (which uses the above photo) has an interesting history of the sports park which was located in Queens: .
      We will add more information to our description when we update.

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