From the Archives: Rosenblatt and the College World Series

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:

Municipal Stadium’s early years

Rosenblatt, 1964-1980

Rosenblatt, the later years


Want more from the CWS? Check out our coverage of the 2012 event and our CWS history database.


1952 CWS program

1950 CWS: Texas vs. Washington State. "Happy Texas players gather 'round... to greet Kal Segrist after his three-run homer over the left field bleachers." MAURICE SHADLE/THE WORLD-HERALD

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 Holy Cross pitchers: From left, Ron Perry, Jim O'Neill and reserve Richard Bogdan. Photo provided by Holy Cross.

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.


Wake Forest's Bob Waggoner avoids the tag of Colgate catcher Joe Aceti to score the only run in a 1-0 win durign the 1955 College World Series. MAURICE SHADLE/THE WORLD-HERALD

1955 participants: Wake Forest, Western Michigan, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Northern Colorado, Colgate, Springfield and Southern California. Wake Forest took the championship.


1960 program

Jim Wixson, an Oklahoma State sophomore, threw the second no-hitter in series history in 1960. The first was thrown by Texas' Jim Ehrler in 1950. THE WORLD-HERALD

Larry Molsather, left, and Ron Causton missed one day in Minnesota's drive to the 1960 title when three days of rain delayed the tournament, causing conflicts with previously scheduled weddings. After returning to Minneapolis for the ceremonies, both players came back to Omaha for the final two games, each with a new bride on his arm. THE WORLD-HERALD

1960 participants: Minnesota, Southern California, Arizona, Oklahoma State, St. John’s, Boston College, Northern Colorado and North Carolina. Minnesota won.


The victors and the spoils. From left, Minnesota coach Dick Siebert, Archie Clark, Dewey Markus and Bill Davis. THE WORLD-HERALD

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.


Southern Illinois coach Joe Lutz, left, pitcher Skip Pitlock and catcher Randy Coker make a fashion statement by wearing Bermuda shorts in 1969. THE WORLD-HERALD

1969 participants: Arizona State, Tulsa, New York University, Texas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Southern Illinois and UCLA. Arizona State won that year.


1970 program

Rod Dedeaux leads his USC team in a cheer in the locker room following their victory over Florida State to capture the 1970 championship. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Umpire Doug Cossey emphatically signals "out" at home and Seminole Larry Cocks apparently gives the "safe" sign as he is forced out by Texas catcher Tommy Harmon in 1970. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Texas batsman David Hall looks on as umpire Doug Cossey calls out Lou Bagwell on an attempted theft of home in 1970. Delaware's Dave Willard is making the tag. SEBI BRECI/THE WORLD-HERALD

1970 participants: Southern California, Florida State, Texas, Ohio, Dartmouth, Iowa State, Arizona and Delaware. Southern California was that year’s champions.


Arizona catcher Ron Hassey makes a tag on Clemson's Bill Wingo in a 10-6 Arizona victory in 1976. RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

1976 participants: Arizona, Eastern Michigan, Arizona State, Maine, Clemson, Washington State, Auburn and Oklahoma. Arizona want the title.


Texas' Andre Robertson flies over Pepperdine's John Lais in completing a double play in the 1979 College World Series. RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

1979 participants: Cal State Fullerton, Arkansas, Pepperdine, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi State, Miami (Fla.) and Connecticut. The champions for 1979 were Cal State Fullerton.


1980 program

Judy Larsen, a College World Series sweetheart, welcomed Hawaii's Jay Erdahl with a kiss in 1980. RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

1980 participants: Arizona, Hawaii, California, Miami (Fla.), St. John’s, Michigan, Florida State and Clemson. Arizona won the series.


South Carolina second baseman Tom Williams leaps over Arizona State's Alvin Davis as he throws to first to complete a double play in 1981. JAMES R. BURNETT/THE WORLD-HERALD

1981 participants: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Texas, South Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Maine and Michigan. That year’s champion was Arizona State.


Cal State Fullerton pitcher Todd Simmons, foreground, and Texas' David Denny get tangled up in this collision in 1984. It occurred when Simmons tried to cover first base on Denny's grounder to the right side. Denny was safe. JOHN GAPPS III/THE WORLD-HERALD

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.


Mississippi State's Dan Van Cleve gives all he can on what turned out to be a triple by Arkansas' Ralph Kraus in 1985. MEL EVANS/THE WORLD-HERALD

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.


Stanford's Frank Carey, left, and Ed Sprague celebrate the Cardinal's 9-4 victory over Arizona State in the 1988 championship game. COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER

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.


Jolene McHugh

About Jolene McHugh

I was a graphic artist prior to coming to the Omaha World-Herald in 2007, and now I’m a photo imaging specialist, which means I prepare photos to print properly in the newspaper. I also have the incredibly fun task of restoring old photographs from our massive library. My favorite part of my job is getting lost in the history and stories behind the photographs. Many of the archive photos have little or no information attached, so I need to properly date and identify the people and places in them. Researching the stories is a bit like being on a historical scavenger hunt. The largest challenge I face is restoring photos we run in our books. Our newest book, “At War, At Home: The Cold War” is filled with hundreds of old photographs, and most of them small and in poor condition. I live in Omaha with my husband, one of my daughters and three very furry Maine Coon cats.
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  1. Dianna Eveland says:

    I remeber when we were house parents at Omaha Home for Boys and the various players from the College World Series teams would visit the Home. The boys did enjoy meeting and talking to them.

  2. Lee Byon says:

    I remember working downtown during the series and all the great fans and teams that would shop and hang out… They are wonderful and always commented on how great Omaha treated them.

  3. richard rosenblatt says:

    As a reporter for The Miami News, I covered the College World series in 1984 and 1985. I was told I was the first ever accredited journalist with the Rosenblatt name. I also was honored by Steve Rosenblatt, who was on the city board at the time, and was presented a key to the city, which I still have. One of the greatest moments was the University of Miami’s submarine ball pitcher Rick Raether’s nine-inning duel with Oklahoma State slugger Pete Incaviglia. The dramatic at bat, which lasted no less than a dozen pitches, ended in strikeout that ended the game.

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