Rasco was an all-around athlete at DeWitt High School. He quarterbacked the football team; set the single-season scoring record in basketball; pitched two no-hitters in baseball; won medals in the first two Arkansas “Meet of Champions” track meets; won the individual 880 at the University of Arkansas Relays; and set the school record in the 880, which stood for 29 years. He chose to attend Hendrix College on a basketball scholarship. As a freshman in 1960, he set the meet record for the 880 while picking up the gold medal in the Harding Invitational track meet; and won five medals in a series of AAU Olympic Development track meets held as preliminaries to the 1960 Olympic Trials. He was inducted into the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor in 2006. As a “sports historian”, Jim started the tradition of introducing each of the prior inductees at the annual banquet of the ASHOF. He is a member of several sports research organizations and has had numerous research articles published. In 2005, Jim received an award for his “extraordinary work” in sports research from A.H. “Bud” Selig, the Commissioner of Baseball.