I’m back with another Rosenblatt history blog post. I can’t show you old photos from all the current teams as we have two newbies to the series. But I have some pretty cool vintage photos below, and I put together a gallery of the College World Series through the years at Rosenblatt.
First, what we’ve covered so far:
1950 participants: Washington State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Alabama, Tufts, Colorado State and Bradley. Texas took the championship. Texas also won the series in 1949, when it was played in Wichita, Kan.
1952 participants: Holy Cross, Missouri, Penn State, Western Michigan, Duke, Texas, Oregon State and Northern Colorado. Holy Cross won the series, playing seven games in six days of sweltering heat.
1955 participants: Wake Forest, Western Michigan, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Northern Colorado, Colgate, Springfield and Southern California. Wake Forest took the championship.
1960 participants: Minnesota, Southern California, Arizona, Oklahoma State, St. John’s, Boston College, Northern Colorado and North Carolina. Minnesota won.
1964 participants: Minnesota, Missouri, Maine, Southern California, Arizona State, Seton Hall, Mississippi and Texas A&M. Minnesota won this series and took titles in 1956 and 1960 under the coaching of Dick Siebert.
1969 participants: Arizona State, Tulsa, New York University, Texas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Southern Illinois and UCLA. Arizona State won that year.
1970 participants: Southern California, Florida State, Texas, Ohio, Dartmouth, Iowa State, Arizona and Delaware. Southern California was that year’s champions.
1976 participants: Arizona, Eastern Michigan, Arizona State, Maine, Clemson, Washington State, Auburn and Oklahoma. Arizona want the title.
1979 participants: Cal State Fullerton, Arkansas, Pepperdine, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi State, Miami (Fla.) and Connecticut. The champions for 1979 were Cal State Fullerton.
1980 participants: Arizona, Hawaii, California, Miami (Fla.), St. John’s, Michigan, Florida State and Clemson. Arizona won the series.
1981 participants: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Texas, South Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Maine and Michigan. That year’s champion was Arizona State.
1984 participants: Cal State Fullerton, Texas, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Miami (Fla.), New Orleans, Michigan and Maine. Cal State Fullerton took its second title that year.
1985 participants: Miami (Fla.), Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Arizona and South Carolina. Miami had to battle back through the losers’ bracket to win that year.
1988 participants: Stanford, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Wichita State, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Fresno State and California. Who won? The photo above says it all.
This is just a sample of the College World Series coverage in our book “Rosenblatt Stadium: Omaha’s Diamond on the Hill.” The book is wonderfully and lovingly written by our very own Steve Pivovar.
Up next: Get ready to rock! I spent lots of evenings in my younger days dancing in the outfield to some music greats and can’t wait to share some photos with you.