1954 Missouri Tigers baseball team

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1954 Missouri Tigers baseball
Missouri Tigers M script.gif
Conference Big Seven Conference
1954 record 22–4 (11–1 Big Seven)
Head coach Hi Simmons (16th year)
Home stadium Rollins Field
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »
1954 Big Seven Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Missouri y 11 1   .917     22 4   .846
Oklahoma 8 4   .667     12 8   .600
Iowa State 7 7   .500      
Kansas 4 5   .444     10 6   .625
Colorado 4 6   .400      
Nebraska 4 8   .333     10 10   .500
Kansas State 3 10   .231     8 12   .400
† – Conference champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1954[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1954 Missouri Tigers baseball team represented the University of Missouri in the 1954 NCAA baseball season. The Tigers played their home games at Rollins Field. The team was coached by Hi Simmons in his 16th season at Missouri.

The Tigers won the College World Series, defeating Rollins College 4-1 in the final.[2]

Season Recap[edit]

College World Series[edit]

In the first round, Missouri defeated the Lafayette Leopards by a score of 6-3. Missouri was then knocked into the loser's bracket after a 1-4 second-round loss to Art Brophy and Rollins College.[3] Behind lefthander Ed Cook, the Tigers then defeated the UMass Minutemen 8-1.[3]

Missouri defeated Oklahoma A&M Aggies 7-3 in the behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Norm Stewart and home runs from Jerry Schoonmaker and George Gleason.[4] Tied 3-3 with the Michigan State Spartans heading into the ninth inning, Emil Kammer singled home Buddy Cox to propel Missouri into the championship game for a re-match against Rollins College and Art Brophy.[3]

Missouri bested Rollins 4-1 in the championship game behind a great outing from Ed Cook and a Buddy Cox home run.[5]

With seven triples, Missouri tied Holy Cross's record for triples in a College World Series.[6]

Roster[edit]

1954 Missouri Tigers roster
 

Pitchers

  • Bob Bauman
  • Bert Beckmann
  • Gene Gastineau
  • Emil Kammer
  • Norm Stewart

Catchers

  • Lloyd Elmore
  • George Gleason
 

Infielders

  • Buddy Cox
  • Dick Dickinson
  • Jack Gabler
  • Herb Morgan
  • Bob Schoonmaker
  • Todd Sickel
 

Outfielders

Coaches

 

Schedule[edit]

1954 Missouri Tigers Baseball Game Log
Regular Season
Opponent Score Overall Record Big Seven Record
Fort Leonard Wood 3–6 0–1
Fort Leonard Wood 4–2 1–1
Arkansas 18–0 2–1
Arkansas 12–6 3–1
Oklahoma A&M 3–5 3–2
Oklahoma A&M 12–6 4–2
Sedalia Air Force Base 24–1 5–2
Sedalia Air Force Base 11–3 6–2
Iowa State 1–5 6–3 0–1
Iowa State 5–3 7–3 1–1
Kansas State 5–3 8–3 2–1
Kansas State 10–5 9–3 3–1
Colorado 11–5 10–3 4–1
Colorado 11–2 11–3 5–1
Oklahoma 14–1 12–3 6–1
Oklahoma 6–3 13–3 7–1
Nebraska 3–1 14–3 8–1
Nebraska 18–1 15–3 9–1
Iowa State 7–2 16–3 10–1
Iowa State 12–1 17–3 11–1
Post–Season
NCAA Tournament: College World Series
Date Opponent Site/Stadium Score Overall Record
June 10 vs. Lafayette Rosenblatt Stadium 5–3 18–3
June 11 vs. Lafayette Rosenblatt Stadium 1–4 18–4
June 12 vs. Massachusetts Rosenblatt Stadium 8–1 19–4
June 13 vs. Oklahoma A&M Rosenblatt Stadium 7–3 20–4
June 14 vs. Michigan State Rosenblatt Stadium 4–3 21–4
June 16 vs. Rollins Rosenblatt Stadium 4–1 22–4

Awards and honors[edit]

Jerry Schoonmaker
  • First Team All-American[2]
  • All-District V[2]
  • Led NCAA with six home runs[7]
Emil Kammer
  • All-District V[2]
Bob Musgrave
  • All-District V[2]

Team Photo[edit]

Team Photo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1954". Boyd's World. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "2012 Mizzou Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). mutigers.com. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c AP (15 June 1954). "M.U. Nine Near NCAA Title; Soph Lefties to Go Tonight". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  4. ^ UP (14 June 1954). "Michigan State, Missouri Clash in Semi-Finals". Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  5. ^ AP (17 June 1954). "Buddy Cox Swat Homer to Win Out". Southeast Missourian. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "CWS Series Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  7. ^ AP (23 June 1954). "Dean Named All-American". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 

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