1973 College World Series

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The 1973 College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE from June 8 to June 13. The twenty-seventh tournament's champion was the University of Southern California, coached by Rod Dedeaux. The Most Outstanding Player was Dave Winfield of the University of Minnesota. Winfield was the starting pitcher in two games, tossing 1713 innings, allowing 9 hits, 1 earned run, and striking out 29. In addition, he batted .467 in the Series. Southern California became the first team to win four consecutive College World Series.

The Minnesota vs. USC semi final game[edit]

Recalled each year as perhaps the most amazing game in CWS history, Minnesota faced a USC team that featured future major leaguers Rich Dauer, Fred Lynn, and Roy Smalley. Dave Winfield was the starting pitcher for Minnesota. In his first game vs. Oklahoma, he struck out 14 in shutting out the Sooners, 1-0. In the semi final vs. defending champion USC, Winfield had struck out 15 through 8 innings, allowing only an infield single as Minnesota built a 7-0 lead. USC's Rich Dauer said "In my whole career, even facing the big boys in the majors, I have never seen anything like that," When Dave let go of the ball, it was three feet in front of your face and it seemed like it was going 110 miles an hour."[1]

In the 9th inning, USC opened with a base hit but the next batter grounded into what appeared to be a double play. TV replays indicated the batter was out at first base, but the umpire called him safe and Minnesota coach Dick Siebert was thrown out of the game arguing the call. Two more singles and a key error by the 1st Baseman led to 3 runs and Winfield was relieved and went to left field. Two relievers allowed 5 more runs and USC won the game 8-7. "I have played in a lot of memorable big games during my career," Winfield said. "World Series games, league championship games, all-star games, all kinds. But I will never forget that game against USC. Never."[2]

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona State WAC 56 - 6 (16 - 1) Jim Brock 5
(last: 1972)
1st
(1965, 1967, 1969)
20 - 7
Georgia Southern n/a 42 - 10 (n/a) Ron Polk 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
Harvard EIBL 35 - 3 (11 - 2) Loyal Park 2
(last: 1971)
5th
(1971)
1 - 4
Minnesota Big 10 29 - 14 - 2 (14 - 4) Dick Siebert 3
(last: 1964)
1st
(1956, 1960, 1964)
14 - 3
Oklahoma Big 8 47 - 10 (17 - 4) Enos Semore 2
(last: 1972)
1st
(1951)
5 - 2
Penn State n/a 19 - 5 (n/a) Chuck Medlar 4
(last: 1963)
2nd
(1957)
8 - 8
Texas SWC 48 - 5 (15 - 3) Cliff Gustafson 14
(last: 1972)
1st
(1949, 1950)
28 - 25
Southern California Pac-8 46 - 11 (14 - 4) Rod Dedeaux 14
(last: 1972)
1st
(1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968,
1970, 1971, 1972)
48 - 18

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Bracket to be Included

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 8 Game 1 Minnesota 1 - 0 Oklahoma Dave Winfield, 14 Ks, six hit shutout.
Game 2 Arizona State 3 - 1 Penn State
June 9 Game 3 Texas 6 - 3 Georgia Southern
Game 4 Southern California 4 - 1 Harvard
Game 5 Oklahoma 6 - 0 Penn State Penn State eliminated
June 10 Game 6 Georgia Southern 8 - 0 Harvard Harvard eliminated
Game 7 Arizona State 3 - 0 Minnesota
Game 8 Southern California 4 - 1 Texas
June 11 Game 9 Minnesota 6 - 2 Georgia Southern Georgia Southern eliminated
Game 10 Texas 10 - 2 Oklahoma Oklahoma eliminated
Game 11 Southern California 3 - 1 Arizona State
June 12 Game 12 Arizona State 6 - 5 Texas Texas eliminated
Game 13 Southern California 8 - 7 Minnesota Minnesota eliminated
June 13 Final Southern California 4 - 3 Arizona State Southern California wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Eddie Bane Junior Arizona State
Randy Scarbery Junior Southern California
Bob Shirley Freshman Oklahoma
Dave Winfield Senior Minnesota
Catcher Clint Meyers Junior Arizona State
First baseman Clay Westlake Freshman Arizona State
Second baseman Bill Berger Senior Arizona State
Third baseman Keith Moreland Freshman Texas
Shortstop Roy Smalley Junior Southern California
Outfielder Ken Huizenga Sophomore Southern California
Carl Person Junior Georgia Southern
Terry Pyka Junior Texas

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoffbeck, Stephen R. (2005). Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 176. 
  2. ^ Schwarz, Alan (June 11, 2002). "Greatest College World Series moments". ESPN. Retrieved January 18, 2014.