College World Series
College World Series logo
First played1947
Most recently played 2022
Current championOle Miss

The College World Series (CWS), officially the NCAA Men's College World Series (MCWS), is an annual baseball tournament held in June in Omaha, Nebraska. The MCWS is the culmination of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Baseball Championship tournament—featuring 64 teams in the first round—which determines the NCAA Division I college baseball champion. The eight participating teams are split into two, four-team, double-elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket playing in a best-of-three championship series.

History

The first edition of the College World Series was held in 1947 at Hyames Field in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tournament was held there again in 1948, but was moved to Lawrence Stadium in Wichita, Kansas for the 1949 tournament. Since 1950, the College World Series (CWS) has been held in Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] It was held at Rosenblatt Stadium from 1950 through 2010; starting in 2011, it has been held at Charles Schwab Field Omaha (formerly TD Ameritrade Park Omaha). The name "College World Series" is derived from that of the Major League Baseball World Series championship; it is currently an MLB trademark licensed to the NCAA.[3]

The event's official name was changed to "Men's College World Series" no later than 2008. The most recent hosting agreement between the NCAA and the city of Omaha and related entities, signed in that year, states, "The official name of the [championship] shall be the NCAA Men's College World Series". However, as of October 2021, the CWS logo still appeared on the NCAA's official D-I baseball tournament bracket, and on the front page of the NCAA's official CWS website, without the word "Men's".[4] The NCAA has since added "Men's" to the event's logo, and both the NCAA and College World Series of Omaha, Inc. (CWS Omaha), the nonprofit group that organizes the event, now consistently use the phrase "Men's College World Series" to describe it.[5]

On March 13, 2020, it was announced that the 2020 College World Series was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first time in the event's history it had been canceled.[6]

Contract extension

On June 10, 2008, the NCAA and CWS Omaha announced a new 25-year contract extension, keeping the MCWS in Omaha through 2035.[7] A memorandum of understanding had been reached by all parties on April 30.[8]

The currently binding contract began in 2011, the same year the tournament moved from Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium to the venue now known as Charles Schwab Field Omaha, a new ballpark across from CHI Health Center Omaha.

Format history and changes

See also: NCAA Division I Baseball Championship § Past formats

2006 College World Series Championship game (University of North Carolina versus Oregon State University) at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.
2006 College World Series Championship game (University of North Carolina versus Oregon State University) at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.
Before expanding to 64 teams in 1999, the 1998 Division I tournament began with 48 teams, split into 8 six-team regionals. The 8 regional winners advanced to the College World Series. The regionals were a test of endurance, as teams had to win at least four games over four days, sometimes five if a team dropped into the loser's bracket, placing a premium on pitching. In the last two years of the six-team regional format, the eventual CWS champion – LSU in 1997 and Southern California in 1998 – had to battle back from the loser's bracket in the regional to advance to Omaha.

Results

Year Champion Coach Score Runner-Up Most Outstanding Player
1947 California Clint Evans 17–8, 8–7 Yale
1948 Southern California Sam Barry 3–1, 3–8, 9–2 Yale
1949 Texas Bibb Falk 10–3 Wake Forest Tom Hamilton, Texas
1950 Texas Bibb Falk 3–0 Washington State Ray VanCleef, Rutgers
1951 Oklahoma Jack Baer 3–2 Tennessee Sidney Hatfield, Tennessee
1952 Holy Cross Jack Barry 8–4 Missouri James O'Neill, Holy Cross
1953 Michigan Ray Fisher 7–5 Texas J.L. Smith, Texas
1954 Missouri Hi Simmons 4–1 Rollins Tom Yewcic, Michigan State
1955 Wake Forest Taylor Sanford 7–6 Western Michigan Tom Borland, Oklahoma A&M
1956 Minnesota Dick Siebert 12–1 Arizona Jerry Thomas, Minnesota
1957 California George Wolfman 1–0 Penn State Cal Emery, Penn State
1958 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 8–7 Missouri Bill Thom, Southern California
1959 Oklahoma State Toby Greene 5–3 Arizona Jim Dobson, Oklahoma State
1960 Minnesota Dick Siebert 2–1 Southern California John Erickson, Minnesota
1961 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 1–0 Oklahoma State Littleton Fowler, Oklahoma State
1962 Michigan Don Lund 5–4 Santa Clara Bob Garibaldi, Santa Clara
1963 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 5–2 Arizona Bud Hollowell, Southern California
1964 Minnesota Dick Siebert 5–1 Missouri Joe Ferris, Maine
1965 Arizona State Bobby Winkles 2–1 Ohio State Sal Bando, Arizona State
1966 Ohio State Marty Karow 8–2 Oklahoma State Steve Arlin, Ohio State
1967 Arizona State Bobby Winkles 11–2 Houston Ron Davini, Arizona State
1968 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 4–3 Southern Illinois Bill Seinsoth, Southern California
1969 Arizona State Bobby Winkles 10–1 Tulsa John Dolinsek, Arizona State
1970 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 2–1 Florida State Gene Ammann, Florida State
1971 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 7–2 Southern Illinois Jerry Tabb, Tulsa
1972 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 1–0 Arizona State Russ McQueen, Southern California
1973 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 4–3 Arizona State Dave Winfield, Minnesota
1974 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 7–3 Miami (FL) George Milke, Southern California
1975 Texas Cliff Gustafson 5–1 South Carolina Mickey Reichenbach, Texas
1976 Arizona Jerry Kindall 7–1 Eastern Michigan Steve Powers, Arizona
1977 Arizona State Jim Brock 2–1 South Carolina Bob Horner, Arizona State
1978 Southern California Rod Dedeaux 10–3 Arizona State Rod Boxberger, Southern California
1979 Cal State Fullerton Augie Garrido 2–1 Arkansas Tony Hudson, Cal State Fullerton
1980 Arizona Jerry Kindall 5–3 Hawaii Terry Francona, Arizona
1981 Arizona State Jim Brock 7–4 Oklahoma State Stan Holmes, Arizona State
1982 Miami (FL) Ron Fraser 9–3 Wichita State Dan Smith, Miami (FL)
1983 Texas Cliff Gustafson 4–3 Alabama Calvin Schiraldi, Texas
1984 Cal State Fullerton Augie Garrido 3–1 Texas John Fishel, Cal State Fullerton
1985 Miami (FL) Ron Fraser 10–6 Texas Greg Ellena, Miami (FL)
1986 Arizona Jerry Kindall 10–2 Florida State Mike Senne, Arizona
1987 Stanford Mark Marquess 9–5 Oklahoma State Paul Carey, Stanford
1988 Stanford Mark Marquess 9–4 Arizona State Lee Plemel, Stanford
1989 Wichita State Gene Stephenson 5–3 Texas Greg Brummett, Wichita State
1990 Georgia Steve Webber 2–1 Oklahoma State Mike Rebhan, Georgia
1991 LSU Skip Bertman 6–3 Wichita State Gary Hymel, LSU
1992 Pepperdine Andy Lopez 3–2 Cal State Fullerton Phil Nevin, Cal State Fullerton
1993 LSU Skip Bertman 8–0 Wichita State Todd Walker, LSU
1994 Oklahoma Larry Cochell 13–5 Georgia Tech Chip Glass, Oklahoma
1995 Cal State Fullerton Augie Garrido 11–5 Southern California Mark Kotsay, Cal State Fullerton
1996 LSU Skip Bertman 9–8 Miami (FL) Pat Burrell, Miami (FL)
1997 LSU Skip Bertman 13–6 Alabama Brandon Larson, LSU
1998 Southern California Mike Gillespie 21–14 Arizona State Wes Rachels, Southern California
1999 Miami (FL) Jim Morris 6–5 Florida State Marshall McDougall, Florida State
2000 LSU Skip Bertman 6–5 Stanford Trey Hodges, LSU
2001 Miami (FL) Jim Morris 12–1 Stanford Charlton Jimerson, Miami (FL)
2002 Texas Augie Garrido 12–6 South Carolina Huston Street, Texas
2003 Rice Wayne Graham 4–310, 3–8, 14–2 Stanford John Hudgins, Stanford
2004 Cal State Fullerton George Horton 6–4, 3–2 Texas Jason Windsor, Cal State Fullerton
2005 Texas Augie Garrido 4–2, 6–2 Florida David Maroul, Texas
2006 Oregon State Pat Casey 3–4, 11–7, 3–2 North Carolina Jonah Nickerson, Oregon State
2007 Oregon State Pat Casey 11–4, 9–3 North Carolina Jorge Luis Reyes, Oregon State
2008 Fresno State Mike Batesole 6–7, 19–10, 6–1 Georgia Tommy Mendonca, Fresno State
2009 LSU Paul Mainieri 7–6, 1–5, 11–4 Texas Jared Mitchell, LSU
2010 South Carolina Ray Tanner 7–1, 2–111 UCLA Jackie Bradley Jr., South Carolina
2011 South Carolina Ray Tanner 2–111, 5–2 Florida Scott Wingo, South Carolina
2012 Arizona Andy Lopez 5–1, 4–1 South Carolina Rob Refsnyder, Arizona
2013 UCLA John Savage 3–1, 8–0 Mississippi State Adam Plutko, UCLA
2014 Vanderbilt Tim Corbin 9–8, 2–7, 3–2 Virginia Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
2015 Virginia Brian O'Connor 1–5, 3–0, 4–2 Vanderbilt Josh Sborz, Virginia
2016 Coastal Carolina Gary Gilmore 0–3, 5–4, 4–3 Arizona Andrew Beckwith, Coastal Carolina
2017 Florida Kevin O'Sullivan 4–3, 6–1 LSU Alex Faedo, Florida
2018 Oregon State Pat Casey 1–4, 5–3, 5–0 Arkansas Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
2019 Vanderbilt Tim Corbin 4–7, 4–1, 8–2 Michigan Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Mississippi State Chris Lemonis 2–8, 13–2, 9–0 Vanderbilt Will Bednar, Mississippi State
2022 Ole Miss Mike Bianco 10–3, 4–2 Oklahoma Dylan DeLucia, Ole Miss

Teams reaching the finals

Teams reaching the finals
Team Titles Runners-up Finals
Appearances
Southern California 12 (1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1998) 2 (1960, 1995) 14
Texas 6 (1949, 1950, 1975, 1983, 2002, 2005) 6 (1953, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2004, 2009) 12
LSU 6 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009) 1 (2017) 7
Arizona State 5 (1965, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1981) 5 (1972, 1973, 1978, 1988, 1998) 10
Arizona 4 (1976, 1980, 1986, 2012) 4 (1956, 1959, 1963, 2016) 8
Miami (FL) 4 (1982, 1985, 1999, 2001) 2 (1974, 1996) 6
Cal State Fullerton 4 (1979, 1984, 1995, 2004) 1 (1992) 5
Minnesota 3 (1956, 1960, 1964) 3
Oregon State 3 (2006, 2007, 2018) 3
South Carolina 2 (2010, 2011) 4 (1975, 1977, 2002, 2012) 6
Stanford 2 (1987, 1988) 3 (2000, 2001, 2003) 5
Vanderbilt 2 (2014, 2019) 2 (2015, 2021) 4
Michigan 2 (1953, 1962) 1 (2019) 3
Oklahoma 2 (1951, 1994) 1 (2022) 3
California 2 (1947, 1957) 2
Oklahoma State 1 (1959) 5 (1961, 1966, 1981, 1987, 1990) 6
Florida 1 (2017) 2 (2005, 2011) 3
Missouri 1 (1954) 3 (1952, 1958, 1964) 4
Wichita State 1 (1989) 3 (1982, 1991, 1993) 4
Wake Forest 1 (1955) 1 (1949) 2
Ohio State 1 (1966) 1 (1965) 2
Georgia 1 (1990) 1 (2008) 2
UCLA 1 (2013) 1 (2010) 2
Virginia 1 (2015) 1 (2014) 2
Mississippi State 1 (2021) 1 (2013) 2
Coastal Carolina 1 (2016) 1
Fresno State 1 (2008) 1
Holy Cross 1 (1952) 1
Ole Miss 1 (2022) 1
Pepperdine 1 (1992) 1
Rice 1 (2003) 1
Florida State 3 (1970, 1986, 1999) 3
Yale 2 (1947, 1948) 2
Southern Illinois 2 (1968, 1971) 2
Alabama 2 (1997, 1983) 2
North Carolina 2 (2006, 2007) 2
Arkansas 2 (1979, 2018) 2
Washington State 1 (1950) 1
Tennessee 1 (1951) 1
Rollins 1 (1954) 1
Penn State 1 (1957) 1
Santa Clara 1 (1962) 1
Houston 1 (1967) 1
Tulsa 1 (1969) 1
Eastern Michigan 1 (1976) 1
Hawaii 1 (1980) 1
Georgia Tech 1 (1994) 1

Best performances by conference

Rank Conference Titles
1 Pac-12 18
2 Southeastern (SEC) 14
3 Western Athletic (WAC) 7
4 Big Ten 6
4 PCC-CIBA 6
6 Independents 5
7 Big Eight 4
7 Southwest 4
9 Atlantic Coast (ACC) 2
9 Big 12 2
9 Big West (BWC) 2
9 Big West (SCBA) 2
13 Big South (BSC) 1
13 Missouri Valley (MVC) 1
13 West Coast (WCC) 1

Awards

The College World Series Most Outstanding Player award is presented to the best player at each College World Series finals (first awarded in 1949).[16]

An All-Tournament Team consisting of the best players of the tournament has also been announced for each tournament since 1958.

Records and statistics

All-time record for champions

Main article: List of College World Series appearances by team

Team Appearances First Last Wins Losses Pct. Titles
Texas 38 1949 2022 88 63 .583 6
Southern California 21 1948 2001 74 26 .740 12
Arizona State 22 1964 2010 61 38 .616 5
Miami (FL) 25 1974 2016 48 42 .533 4
Arizona 18 1954 2021 43 32 .573 4
Stanford 18 1953 2022 41 31 .569 2
LSU 18 1986 2017 40 27 .597 6
Oklahoma State[a] 20 1954 2016 40 38 .513 1
Cal State Fullerton 18 1975 2017 34 31 .523 4
South Carolina 11 1975 2012 32 20 .615 2
Florida 12 1988 2018 21 24 .467 1
Vanderbilt 5 2011 2021 20 10 .667 2
Oregon State 7 1952 2018 20 12 .625 3
Missouri 6 1952 1964 18 11 .621 1
Ole Miss 6 1956 2022 10 11 .476 1
Mississippi State 12 1971 2021 18 24 .429 1
Minnesota 5 1956 1977 17 7 .708 3
Wichita State 7 1982 1996 16 11 .593 1
Michigan 8 1953 2019 16 14 .533 2
Oklahoma 11 1951 2022 15 16 .484 2
Virginia 5 2009 2021 12 8 .600 1
California 6 1947 2011 11 8 .579 2
Georgia 6 1987 2008 10 11 .476 1
Rice 7 1997 2008 10 13 .435 1
Holy Cross 4 1952 1963 9 7 .563 1
Ohio State 4 1951 1967 9 7 .563 1
Fresno State 4 1959 2008 9 8 .529 1
UCLA 5 1969 2013 9 9 .500 1
Pepperdine 2 1979 1992 7 2 .778 1
Wake Forest 2 1949 1955 7 3 .700 1
Coastal Carolina 1 2016 2016 6 2 .750 1

Most appearances without a CWS championship

Top 10
Rank School Appearances Wins CWS Winning % Runner-up Wins Per Appearance
1 Florida State 23 30 .387 3 1.30
2 Clemson 12 12 .333 0 1.00
3 North Carolina 11 18 .439 2 1.64
3 Arkansas 11 15 .429 2 1.50
4 Northern Colorado 10 3 .130 0 0.30
5 Maine 7 7 .333 0 1.00
5 Texas A&M 7 3 .176 0 0.43
6 Western Michigan 6 9 .429 1 1.50
6 St. John's (NY) 6 6 .333 0 1.00
6 Auburn 6 3 .231 0 0.50

Most CWS participants by one conference in a year

Minimum three participants
Number Year Conference Programs CWS Winner
4 1997 SEC Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State LSU
4 2004 SEC Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina Cal State Fullerton
4 2006 ACC Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), North Carolina Oregon State
4 2015 SEC Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Vanderbilt Virginia
4 2019 SEC Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
4 2022 SEC Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M[b] Ole Miss
3 1988 Pac-12 Arizona State, California, Stanford Stanford
3 1990 SEC Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State Georgia
3 1996 SEC Alabama, Florida, LSU LSU
3 1998 SEC Florida, LSU, Mississippi State Southern California
3 2005 Big 12 Baylor, Nebraska, Texas Texas
3 2008 ACC Florida State, Miami (FL), North Carolina Fresno State
3 2011 SEC Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt South Carolina
3 2012 SEC Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina Arizona
3 2014 Big 12 TCU, Texas, Texas Tech Vanderbilt
3 2016 Big 12 Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech Coastal Carolina
3 2017 SEC Florida, LSU, Texas A&M Florida
3 2018 SEC Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State Oregon State
3 2021 SEC Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Tennessee Mississippi State
  1. ^ Before 1957, Oklahoma State University was known as Oklahoma A&M.
  2. ^ In addition to the four current SEC members, two other participants in that edition, Oklahoma and Texas, announced in 2021 that they would join the SEC no later than 2025 (2026 season).

See also

Notes

References

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