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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Kansas Fans, Tommy Lasorda Would Like to Know What ‘Rock Chalk Jayhawk’ Means

If Kansas beats Texas A&M to remain undefeated in Big 12 play, I hope they’ll continue to bring Tommy back to keep up the winning streak. He clearly would be a good luck charm at that point.

Now to answer the 83-year-old former Dodger manager’s question, here’s what KU’s website says about the tradition:

“KU’s world famous Rock Chalk Chant evolved from a cheer that a chemistry professor, E.H.S. Bailey, created for the KU science club in 1886.

Bailey’s version was “Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU” repeated three times. The rahs were later replaced by “Rock Chalk,” a transposition of chalk rock, the name for the limestone outcropping found on Mount Oread, site of the Lawrence campus.”

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