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1959 College World Series


1959 College World Series

The 1959 NCAA Men's Division I College World Series (CWS) involved eight schools playing in a double-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college baseball. It began on June 12, and ended with the championship game on June 18. A total of 15 games were played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

The tournament field consisted of 22 teams, 10 automatic berths and 12 at-large selections. The 22 teams competed in eight districts, each sending their winner to the CWS.

Oklahoma State University won the national championship with a 5–3 victory over the University of Arizona in front of 4,168 fans.


School Conference Record (conference) Head coach CWS appearances CWS best finish CWS record
Template:Cbsb link N/A 36–8 (N/A) Frank Sancet 4
(last: 1958)
Template:Cbsb link ACC 23 –6 (11–5, 0 GB) Bill Wilhelm 1
(last: 1958)
Template:Cbsb link 20–1 (N/A) J. Orlean Christian 1
(last: 1957)
Template:Cbsb link 38–11 (N/A) Pete Beiden 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Template:Cbsb link N/A 24–5 (N/A) Pete Butler 5
(last: 1958)
Oklahoma State Big 8 22–4 (17–3, 0 GB) Toby Greene 2
(last: 1955)
Template:Cbsb link N/A 15–4 (N/A) Joe Bedenk 2
(last: 1957)
Template:Cbsb link MAC 24–7 (8–2, 0 GB) Charlie Maher 3
(last: 1958)


1959 College World Series bracket


Game results

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 12 Game 1 Oklahoma State 10–2 Template:Cbsb link
June 13 Game 2 Template:Cbsb link 5–3 Template:Cbsb link
Game 3 Template:Cbsb link 3–2 (12 innings) Template:Cbsb link
Game 4 Template:Cbsb link 6–5 Template:Cbsb link
June 14 Game 5 Template:Cbsb link 14–6 Template:Cbsb link Connecticut eliminated
Game 6 Template:Cbsb link 7–1 Template:Cbsb link Northern Colorado eliminated
Game 7 Oklahoma State 8–6 Template:Cbsb link
Game 8 Template:Cbsb link 5–1 Template:Cbsb link
June 15 Game 9 Template:Cbsb link 7–0 Template:Cbsb link Clemson eliminated
Game 10 Template:Cbsb link 7–2 Template:Cbsb link Western Michigan eliminated
Game 11 Template:Cbsb link 5–3 Oklahoma State
June 16 Game 12 Oklahoma State 4–3 Template:Cbsb link Penn State eliminated
Game 13 Template:Cbsb link 2–0 Template:Cbsb link
June 17 Game 14 Oklahoma State 4–0 Template:Cbsb link Fresno State eliminated
June 18 Final Oklahoma State 5–3 Template:Cbsb link Oklahoma State wins CWS

All-Tournament team

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Joel Horlen Senior Oklahoma State
Hal Stowe Clemson
Catcher Alan Hall Junior Arizona
First baseman Bob Wilson Senior Arizona
Second baseman Bruce Andrew Sophomore Oklahoma State
Third baseman Jim Dobson Sophomore Oklahoma State
Shortstop Charles Shoemaker Sophomore Arizona
Outfielder Bailey Hendley Clemson
Doug Hoffman Clemson
Connie McIlvoy Senior Oklahoma State

Quick facts

  • In 1996, coach Rod Dedeaux of Southern California was named to the College World Series All-Time Team (1947–95) by the Oklahoma World-Herald as part of the 50th CWS celebration.
  • In 1971, Ron Fairly (OF) of Southern California was named to the College World Series All-Time Team (1947–70) by the blue-ribbon committee chaired by Abe Chanin as part of the 25th CWS celebration.
  • In 1996, Alan Hall (C) of Arizona and Charles Shoemaker (SS) of Arizona were named to the 1940s–50s All-Decade Team by a panel of 60 voters representing CWS head coaches, media, and chairs of the Division I Baseball Committee.
  • Fresno State's team included Augie Garrido, who went on to win five CWS titles as a coach at Cal State Fullerton and Texas.
  • Dave Baldwin of Arizona pitched a two-hitter in a 5–1 victory over Fresno State.
  • 33,607 fans watched the CWS (10 sessions).
  • The championship game was umpired by Bob Stewart, Jack Tobin, Don Carrothers, and Ed Sudol.
  • The following records were set or tied:
    • Most Balks, Individual, Single Game – 2, Frank Carbajal, Northern Colorado, vs Clemson, L 7–1, tied (2 others)
    • Most Passed Balls, Individual, Single Game – 3, Jim Garrett, Fresno St, vs Arizona, L 5–1, tied (2 others)
    • Most Balks, Team, Single Game – 2, Northern Colorado, vs Clemson, L 7–1, tied (4 others)
    • Most Passed Balls, Team, Single Game – 5, Fresno St, vs Arizona, L 5–1
    • Most Passed Balls, Both Teams, Single Game – 5, Fresno St (5) vs Arizona (0), Arizona 5–1
    • Most Balks, Individual, CWS – 2, Frank Carbajal, 1 game, tied (6 others)
    • Most Sacrifice Bunts, Both Teams, Championship Game – 5, Oklahoma St (3) vs Arizona (2), Oklahoma St 5–3

See also

  • 1959 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
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