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The Great Race


APRIL 21, 1923 - As the report of the starter’s gun lost itself in the patter of the competitors’ spikes and the cheers of the 7,000 or so spectators on hand to watch the inaugural Kansas Relays, Dr. John Outland saw a dream he had fostered for more than 20 years come to fruition.

Outland had had his first connection with KU when he arrived on Mt. Oread in the fall of 1895. Although Outland had never played football, W.H. Piatt, captain of the Jayhawkers, saw him on campus and invited him to try out for the team. Less than a week later, he was a starter.  READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE

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