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Amidst all of the interesting material that appears in the hobby, occasionally a piece or group of items surface that causes us to stop and pause. These types of collectibles transcend the superlatives often used to describe many auction lots.

The year is 1922. The NFL is in its infancy, teetering, like the professional football efforts prior, on the brink of financial disaster. A dog kennel owner from Larue, Ohio named Walter Lingo is exploring multiple avenues to promote his Airedale Terriers. One of his marketing ventures involves purchasing a franchise in the NFL with the plan of using the team to promote his business. Enter Jim Thorpe. Although somewhat past his prime, Thorpe had been playing professionally for the Canton Bulldogs for the past several years, leading them to championships on multiple occasions. Lingo persuaded Thorpe to leave the Bulldogs and to work for him as the lead caretaker of his kennels as well as coach and play for his NFL entry. Thorpe’s well known name as well as his abilities made him the perfect candidate for Lingo. Thorpe happily accepted the position and recruited Indian players (Joe Guyon, Pete Calac, Joe Little Twig, John Baptiste Thunder were a few of his teammates) for his roster. Lingo’s Airedale Terriers were known as Oorangs, and the team was named the Oorang Indians.

In the early 1920’s there were no televisions, radio was a new technology and not yet broadcasting football, and teams used newspapers and broadsides as the primary means of communication. Team owners would attempt to develop relationships with newspaper editors at both home and away locations to promote upcoming games. Teams traveled to and from games aboard trains...which is directly related to the two items in this auction lot.

A small part of a fascinating find which will form a significant portion of our Fall auction, are two train crates, used by the Oorang Indians football team and possibly carrying Jim Thorpe's personal items. The smaller crate measures 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 10" and is adorned with the Oorang Indians logos and boldy stamped "James F. Thorpe Coach". The larger crate measures 7" x 8" x 15", has the same markings as the smaller crate and railroad stamp stating "baggage car only".

Truly museum quality and centerpiece of collection worthy items. Airedale not included :)

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1922 Oorang Indians & Jim Thorpe Train Crates
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $717.00
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

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