About Tom Benjey

Tom has been researching and writing about topics related to the Carlisle Indian School football program for over a decade but doesn’t remember exactly when he started. This blog will be four years old soon. His first book, published in 2006, was Keep A-goin’: the life of Lone Star Dietz. That was followed in 2008 by Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs, the biographies of 50 Carlisle stars. Those books were followed by state-specific titles that allowed the inclusion of more players. Oklahoma’s Carlisle Indian School Immortals (2009) and Wisconsin’s Carlisle Indian School Immortals (2010) are the first two volumes of the Native American Sports Heroes Series.  In addition to writing books about Carlisle Indian School football players, he is an occasional contributor to Coffin Corner, journal of the Professional Football Researchers Association, and the journal of the College Football Historical Society. His “Birth of Modern Football” won the PFRA’s 2006 Writing Awards First Place for an Original Article Written for the Coffin Corner and Focusing on Pre-1960 Pro Football.

Dr. Benjey’s current project is a biography of the Craighead Naturalists. That work was interrupted in 2011 for medical reasons but is now restarted. The interruption spawned Prostate Cancer and the Veteran, an introductory guide to the disease, treatment options, and dealing with the Veterans Administration.

More information about his books can be found at www.Tuxedo-Press.com. Information about Lone Star Dietz is at www.LoneStarDietz.com. Trailers for all Benjey’s books can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/TomBenjey. He can be reached at Tom@Tuxedo-Press.com.

20 Responses to “About Tom Benjey”

  1. Cindy Says:

    My husband just inherited a pocket watch which is engraved with the name Stancil Powell 1910 Carlisle Indian School. We are interested in finding out more about it and hoped you could make a recommendation.

    • tombenjey Says:

      Thank you for posting this. I checked with a couple of collectors and they have never seen anything like this. Pop Warner once said that Carlisle football players were given trinkets after the season. This watch may have been such a “trinket.” Or, merchants or other supporters sometimes gave athletes awards for good performances. The latter was particularly true for winning track and field events in big meets. I’m sure Possum Powell’s descendants or any one of several museums would love to have it.

  2. Cindy Says:

    Thanks for the info. This is all very surprising to us. We really don’t know where to go from here. I guess, eventually, we could contact a museum. We are still dealing with my in-laws estate and have been busy.

  3. Ryan Broker Says:

    My great grandfather was Frederick Broker. My grandfather Charles told me stories about His Dad, but this was later in His Life and his memory was failing him. I was wondering if you had any more Information about My Great grandfather and uncle. I have serveral old pictures that you maybe interested in also. Thankyou for writing this book and any more information would be greatly appreciated.

    • tombenjey Says:

      Thank you for writing, Ryan. I wasn’t able to find much about your grandfather or his brother, so would appreciate hearing more about them. Photos would be especially nice. I am planning on writing a book about Carlisle Indians in the NFL and, if memory serves, your grandfather played for the Oorang Indians. That will be an opportunity to expand his chapter.


    • Bryan Meler Says:

      Hello Ryan, I’m doing research on the Oorang Indians. I was wondering if you could reach out to me through email at “bryanmeler97@gmail.com”. Please let me know if there’s a more convenient way for us to get in touch

  4. Art Siegel Says:

    I don’t know if you have seen the Library of Congress’ photos being posted on Flickr, but many of them (all public domain now, I believe) are of Carlisle football players or games:

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    • tombenjey Says:

      Thanks for posting this, Art. I have looked at photos on the LoC site before but don’t recall seeing some of these before, particularly those of Wofford and Welmas.


  5. Mike Scheckel Says:

    Dr. Benjey,
    Was wondering if you have any anecdotes, notes or comments about any interactions between Thorpe and Patton. Obviously, two very different people from opposite ends of society’s spectrum. It would be interesting to know what each thought of the other as athletes, personally, etc. Probably not possible that they were roomies, as I would guess that Patton paid for his own accommodations, but they surely must have encountered each other in social and training situations and were in close quarters. Thank you for sharing. Mike

    • tombenjey Says:

      I assume the entire Olympic team traveled together, creating the opportunity for Thorpe and Patton to interact but know nothing of any interaction. Did Patton write a memoir covering his time at the Olympics? Thorpe’s biographer, Bob Wheeler, wouldn’t have been able to interview Patton, of course, but may have heard something from a third source.

  6. Spawlik Says:

    hi Tom. I was wondering if you had any info on Thomas Eagleman. He was Jim thorps roomate at Carlisle for I think 1 year. He I believe my great great grandfather and I’m trying to gather more information about him.

    • tombenjey Says:

      I gathered up some information on him some time back. I’m in the middle of several things right now but will get the info to you when things settle down.

  7. Tom Says:

    Mr. Benjey, I have several very old framed photographs of Lone Star Dietz. I am wondering whether you’ve ever run across other copies. Would you kindly send me your email address, if this is of interest?


  8. Laura Stecher Says:

    Do you know if Martin Sensmeier new dim about Jim Thorpe has started filming yet and where are the locations?

  9. Dennis R Parrish Says:

    hey Tom my name is Dennis Parrish and Ive started a Facebook Page called Carlisle Indian School Football Immortals.Please check er’ out and say hello.Page is dedicated to identifying every single football player..

  10. Kirk Says:

    Hi Tom, I have been doing a bit of research on a painting that I have. It was by William lone star dietz. I read that in one of your articles that you know a number of people that may be interested including yourself in this painting. I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Thank you Kirk nelson

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