James Bausch
Bausch in 1931
Personal information
Birth nameJames Aloysius Bernard Bausch
Born(1906-03-29)March 29, 1906
Marion, South Dakota, U.S.[1]
DiedJuly 9, 1974(1974-07-09) (aged 68)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
College football career
No. 22
Career history
High schoolWichita Cathedral (Wichita, Kansas)
College Football Hall of Fame (1954)
ClubKansas City Athletic Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)PV – 4.05 m (1930)
SP – 15.33 m (1932)[2]
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1932 Los Angeles Decathlon

James Aloysius Bernard Bausch (March 29, 1906 – July 9, 1974), also known as "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 in the decathlon. Bausch was only fifth after the first day, but splendid performances in discus throw and pole vault helped him to build an insurmountable lead and win the gold medal over the heavily favored Finn Akilles Järvinen.[3]

Bausch played college football at the Municipal University of Wichita, now known as Wichita State University, and the University of Kansas. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.[4] Bausch also played professional football as a halfback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.[5]

After retiring from competitions Bausch tried a career of a nightclub singer before becoming an insurance salesman. During World War II, while serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, he contracted osteomyelitis, and the associated pain resulted in alcoholism. Bausch eventually overcame both problems, and in his late years helped other osteomyelitis patients.[1]


  1. ^ a b Jim Bausch. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ James Bausch. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics. Aurum Press Ltd. p. 263. ISBN 978-1-84513-330-6.
  4. ^ "Jim Bausch". FootballFoundation.org.
  5. ^ "Dropping Back In NFL History: The NFL's Olympians: (page 4)". Footballnation.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
Preceded by
Akilles Järvinen
Men's Decathlon World Record Holder
August 6, 1932 – July 8, 1934
Succeeded by
Hans-Heinrich Sievert