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Jim Thorpe dominates the 1912 Olympics, Babe Didrikson founds the LPGA, and Jim Abbott becomes a great pitcher despite being born with one hand. (21:12)

JIM THORPEWAS A NATIVE-AMERICAN.

HE ENTEREDCARLISLE HIGH SCHOOL IN 1907.

HE WAS THE BESTAT FOOTBALL.

THE BEST.

HIS COACH, POP WARNER,WAS SAYING,

YOU KNOW, YOU COULD BEAN OLYMPIAN,

AND SO HE STARTS REALIZING THAT,AND HE'S LIKE,

I THINK I AM GONNAWORK HARDER

THAN YOU'VE EVER SEENANYONE WORK,

AND I'M GONNA BEYOUR MOTHER[bleep].

SO HE STARTS TRAININGFOR THIS NEW EVENT,

THE DECATHLON.

UH...

- SO HOW DID HE PREPARE?

- HOW DID WHO PREPARE?- JIM THORPE.

- FOR THE OLYMPICS?

HE WOULD WAKE UPIN THE MORNING

AND RUN 20 MILES,

TAKE A NAP,EAT A MILD LUNCH,

AND THEN RUNEVERY [bleep] EVENT

IN THE DECATHLON.

THAT IS CRAZY.

[chuckles]

THAT IS--

[chuckles]

[chuckling]THAT IS CR-AZY.

1912, SWEDEN, YOU KNOW,STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN.

THIS IS THE OLYMPICS.

THIS IS--THIS ISTHE BEST OF THE WORLD.

THIS AVERY BRUNDAGE GUY, IS--WAS THE FAVORITE.

HE WAS A WHITE GUY,AND HE'S LIKE,

I'M GONNA BE THE MAN,THE DUDE.

AND JIM THORPE WALKED INOUT OF NOWHERE.

PEOPLE WERE LIKE,WHAT THE [bleep]?

LIKE, HOW IS HE THERE?

HE'S THERE,AND AFTER THE FIRST DAY,

JIM THORPEHAS THE POINT LEAD,

AND AVERY IS LIKE,WHAT THE [bleep]?

WHO IS THIS GUY FROM?WHO IS HE?

ALL OF A SUDDEN,THIS INDIAN IS IN THE LEAD.

AVERY BRUNDAGEIS THE FAVORITE.

I MEAN, IT'S BEENIN THE PAPERS.

IT'S BEENIN--IN--IN EVERYTHING.

WELL, THE NEXT DAY, WE WAKE UP,AND JIM THORPE WALKED IN,

AND STARTS HITTING BALLS.

SO SHE'S LIKE,OKAY, I'M--I LIKE THIS.

SHE STARTS PRACTICINGTEN HOURS A DAY.

THEN BABE IS LIKE,THERE AREN'T ANY TOURNAMENTS

FOR PROFESSIONAL WOMEN.

WHAT THE [bleep] DO I DO?

AND THEN HER DAD IS LIKE,THIS IS--YOU'RE DEPRESSING ME,

AND, LIKE, I--THIS IS BULL[bleep].

SO THENSHE HAS A GREAT IDEA.

I'M GONNA--I'M GONNA, UH,UH...

GET IN A MEN'S TOURNAMENT.

HER DAD IS LIKE,THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.

SO SHE ENTERSA DUDE'S TOURNAMENT.

IT'S CONTROVERSIAL.

REPORTERS REALLY, LIKE,BAGGED ON HER.

LIKE, IT WOULD BE MUCH BETTERIF HER ILK STAYED AT HOME,

PRETTIED THEMSELVES UP,

AND WAITED FOR THE PHONETO RING.

BUT BABE DOESN'TGIVE A [bleep].

SHE HIT THIS,LIKE, 250-YARD DRIVE.

PEOPLE ARE ASKING HER LIKE,

BABE, LIKE,HOW DO YOU HIT 250 YARDS?

AND SHE'S LIKE, I JUST LOOSENEDMY GIRDLE AND LET HER RIP.

AT THIS POINT,BABE IS MARRIED,

BUT SHE MEETS THIS WOMANBETTY DODD.

BETTY WAS LIKE,YOU'RE MY IDOL.

[whispers] I THINKYOU'RE THE GREATEST ATHLETE.

AND BABE IS LIKE,I SAID THAT ONCE.

[clicks tongue]YOU'RE MY LADY.

AND SO BETTY BECOMES, LIKE,HER LESBIAN LOVER,

AND BETTY WAS LIKE,YOU'RE AN AWESOME GOLFER.

LIKE, YOU SHOULDDEFINITELY BE PLAYING.

JUST SHUT THE [bleep] UP.LIKE, LISTEN TO ME, BABE.

BABE'S LIKE,I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING,

BUT WHY CAN'T THERE BEA PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE FOR WOMEN?

AND SHE'S LIKE,[whispers] THAT'S THE BEST IDEA

I'VE EVER HEARD.

SO SHE DECIDESTO DO IT.

SHE, LIKE, GOES AND TALKSTO ALL HER LADIES.

SHE'S LIKE, THE LPGA.

L STANDS FOR LADIES.IT'S PRETTY GENIUS.

WHO'S WITH ME?

AND 13 LADIES DO IT.

AND THEY STARTA PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE.

SHE STARTS WINNINGLIKE CRAZY.

SHE WINS 14 TOURNAMENTSIN A ROW,

WHICH IS, LIKE, UNHEARD OF.

SHE JUST WINS,WINS, WINS.

SHE'S LIKE, I'M BABE.I'M GONNA--

WHO'S FINISHING SECONDOR WHATEVER?

I'M BABE.SUCK MY [bleep].

AND THE NATIONAL TEAMTAKE HIM DOWN

TO THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES,

AND THE BIGGEST SUPERPOWER

IN THE PAN AMERICAN GAMESIS CUBA,

FIDEL CASTRO'S CUBA,

BECAUSE FIDEL LOVES COMMUNISM

AND HE LOVES BASEBALL.

THOSE ARE A COUPLE THINGSHE LOVES.

THERE ISA HUGE SEPARATION

BETWEEN THE AMERICANAND CUBAN REGIME.

JIM ABBOTT WALKS OUTAND STARTS FOR AMERICA,

AND EVERYBODY IN THE PLACEIS LIKE, BOO!

WE ARE CUBAN,

THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYERSIN THE WORLD.

HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY THINKYOU CAN BEAT US?

AMERICANS WITH TWO HANDSCAN'T BEAT US.

[inspirational music]

HE WAS LIKE, OH, THAT'S NICETHAT YOU'RE CUBAN.

I DON'T GIVE A [bleep].

HIS PERFORMANCEIN THE PAN AMERICAN CUBA GAMES

WAS SO REMARKABLE

THAT BY THE ENDOF THE GAME,

50,000 CUBANS--

THEY GAVE HIM A STANDING OVATIONWHEN HE LEFT THE FIELD.

THERE WERE NO AMERICANSIN THE STAND,

BECAUSE THEY WERE NOTALLOWED IN CUBA.

AND, LIKE, FIDEL CASTROCAME DOWN,

SHOOK HIS HANDAND WAS LIKE, NICE.

THAT WAS A BIG DEAL,

TELLINGAN AMERICAN PLAYER "NICE."

AND HE WENT ON TO PLAYFOR, LIKE, TEN YEARS

IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES.

EVERY STEP OF THE WAY,

HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE,THE MAJORS,

PEOPLE SAID,CAN YOU DO IT?

HE WAS SUCH A POSITIVE PERSON.

HE WOULD SAY STUFF LIKE,EVERYONE HAS DISABILITIES.

MINE ARE JUST MORE VISIBLE.

IT MAKES EVERYBODY FEEL

THAT THEY'RE IN HIS CAMP.

IT'S INCREDIBLE.I RESPECT THAT [bleep].

LOOK AT YOUR LIMITATIONSAND SAY,

[bleep] YOU, LIMITATIONS.

I'M GONNA DO WHATEVER I WANT.AND THAT'S THE AMERICAN DREAM.

- [whispers]WOW.

- UM, WHAT ELSEDO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT?

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