Historical Sports: Jimmy Manning, "Alaska's Jim Thorpe"

This photo from the early 1920's shows Tlingit native Jimmy Manning (second from left) between some of his Douglas High School teammates and next to athletes from (possibly) Juneau High School and Wrangell. Manning was known as "Alaska's Jim Thorpe" because of his all-around athletic abilities. At one time Sandy Beach was named Jimmy Manning Park.

This photo from the early 1920's shows Tlingit native Jimmy Manning (second from left) between some of his Douglas High School teammates and next to athletes from (possibly) Juneau High School and Wrangell. Manning was known as "Alaska's Jim Thorpe" because of his all-around athletic abilities. At one time Sandy Beach was named Jimmy Manning Park.

If you have any information on this photo or any other early sports in the area or other historical tidbits please call the Juneau Empire Sports Editor, Outdoors Editor, or Online Editor. See daily historical photos on page A2 and in Sports. For more historical photos go to Juneauempire.com. The Juneau Empire is celebrating a "Century of the Empire" and is encouraging readers to submit old photos, comments or information on the areas rich history.

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