Baptiste Thunder

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Baptiste Thunder
Born February 23, 1891
Minnesota, United States
Died December 17, 1935(1935-12-17) (aged 44)
Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 215 pounds (98 kg)
Position(s) Tackle
College None
Jersey #(s) 16
1922 Oorang Indians

John Baptiste Thunder was a professional football player who played in the National Football League during the 1922 season. That season he joined the NFL's Oorang Indians. The Indians were a team based in LaRue, Ohio, composed only of Native Americans, and coached by Jim Thorpe. Thunder was a Chippewa.[1]


The son of Joseph Thunder and Nancy Greely, Baptiste was married three times. First he married Isabella Neadeau in 1913 with whom who he had four daughters from 1913 until 1919; Edna Victoria, Dorothy Louisa, Susan Alice and Margaret Josephine. In the early 1920s he married an unknown woman with whom he had a son, Ralph Jerome. In 1931, Thunder married his third wife, Rachel MacDonald, with whom he had four more children, John Baptiste, Joseph Marcell, Genevieve and Imogene Mable.[2]


  • Whitman, Robert L. (1984). Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: The N.F.L.'s Most Colorful Franchise. [Mount Gilead, OH]: Marion County Historical Society. OCLC 717439558. 
  • Uniform Numbers of the NFL