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JAMES BAUSCH DECATHLON (Inducted 1979)

Born March 29, 1906, Marion Junction, S. D. Died July 9, 1974.

One of the greatest athletes ever produced by the University of Kansas, Jim Bausch starred in track and football, where as a fullback he was nicknamed "Jarring Jim." Bausch started his college career at Wichita State and competed there in football, basketball and track before going to KU.

He won the National AAU pentathlon in 1931 and was sixth in the decathlon but a year later won the AAU decathlon before heading for the Olympics. Competing in only his third 10-eventer, he set a world record while capturing the gold medal. That helped him win the 1932 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete of the year. Bausch later played pro football, served in World War II and was an insurance salesman. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

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