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Jim Bausch
  • Charter Inductee KSHOF 1961
  • Set world record in route to gold medal in the decathlon at the 1932 Olympics
  • Three sport letter winner at KU
  • Member of College Football Hall of Fame, U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame, and KU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bausch, Jim
Inducted 1961

Born: March 28, 1906 - Garden Plain, KS

Died: July 9, 1974 - Hot Springs, AR.

Graduated: Wichita (KS) Cathedral H.S., 1927; Kansas University, 1932


Considered by many to be the greatest all-around athlete in Kansas history, James Aloysius Bausch was an Olympic Decathlon champion, winner of the Sullivan Award, and an inductee into both the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

College Career

"Jarrin' Jim" Bausch was a standout athlete at Garden Plain (KS) High School, Wichita Cathedral High (later Kapaun Mt. Carmel) and Wichita State University before transferring to the University of Kansas in 1929.  He was twice named to the All-America football team and was the first Kansas Jayhawk player to participate in the East-West Shrine game.  Bausch was an All-Big-Six running back in '29 and '30.  He also lettered in football, basketball, and track at Kansas.

Olympic Highlights

Bausch set the world record in the decathlon with 8,462 points in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, earning titles of "King of the Olympics," and "Greatest Athlete in the World." Bausch won four of the ten events in the grueling two-day event, posting top marks in the shot (50'-3"), discus (146'-3"), javelin (203'-3"), and pole vault (13'-2"). Following his decathlon victory, Bausch was awarded the 1932 Sullivan Award - given each year to the outstanding amateur athlete in America.


Bausch was a charter inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.  He was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1979 and the KU Athletics Hall of Fame for Track.