James Bausch

James Bausch

James Bausch
Personal information
Birth name James Aloysius Bernard Bausch
Born (1906-03-29)March 29, 1906
Marion, South Dakota
Died July 9, 1974(1974-07-09) (aged 68)
Hot Springs, Arkansas

James Aloysius Bernard Bausch (March 29, 1906 – July 9, 1974), a.k.a. "Jarring Jim", was an American athlete who competed mainly in the decathlon.

Bausch grew up in Garden Plain, Kansas, graduated from Cathedral High School in Wichita, Kansas, and went to college at the University of Kansas, where he starred in football and basketball. He competed for a United States in the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, California in the Decathlon. Bausch was only fifth after the first day, but splendid performances in discus and pole vault helped him to build an insurmountable lead and win gold over the heavily favored Finn Akilles Järvinen.[1]

Bausch also played professional football as a halfback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.[2]


  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics. Aurum Press Ltd. p. 263.  
  2. ^ "Dropping Back In NFL History: The NFL's Olympians: (page 4)". Footballnation.com. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 

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Preceded by
Akilles Järvinen
Men's Decathlon World Record Holder
August 6, 1932 – July 8, 1934
Succeeded by
Hans-Heinrich Sievert