Brutus Hamilton
Brutus Hamilton

Event:
Track and Field / Football

Hall of Fame Class:
1990



A native of Harrisonville, Mo., he lettered in track and field at MU in 1920-21-22, captaining the team in 1922. He also played football at MU, in 1921, and caught two TD passes in a Homecoming win over OU. A world-class performer in the pentathlon and decathlon, Hamilton was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1920 and 1924. Reigning as the US decathlon champion in 1920, he went to the Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium and won the silver medal in that event and placed fifth in the pentathlon. He was the rack coach at KU from 1930-32, winning a Big Six championship in '31. He then went on to coach the track team at California for may years, and was the coach of the U.S. Olympic team in the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Finland. Hamilton was inducted into the State of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1956, and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974. (DECEASED)

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