George Wolfman

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George Wolfman
Sport(s) Baseball
Biographical details
Born (1911-02-21)February 21, 1911
Died May 25, 1983(1983-05-25) (aged 72)
Alma mater California '33
Playing career
1930–1933 California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1955–1973 California

George Wolfman was an American college baseball coach who led the California Golden Bears baseball team from 1955 through 1973, including the Bear's second national championship in the 1957 College World Series.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Wolfman played for new Bears coach Clint Evans from 1930 through 1933, serving as team captain in 1933. Following his college career, Wolfman played two years for the Mission Reds of the Class AA Pacific Coast League.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After Evans' retirement in 1954, Wolfman took over as head coach of the Bears. He served for 19 seasons, most notably leading Cal to the 1957 College World Series championship in his only NCAA appearance. Wolfman's teams shared three conference championships, posting 14 winning records. Cal honored Wolfman by retiring his number 66, inducting him into the Cal Bears Hall of Fame, and naming the annual award given to the most improved baseball player for him.[3][1]

Head coaching record[edit]

The following table shows Wolfman's record as a head coach.[4]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
California Golden Bears (Pacific Coast Conference) (1955–1959)
1955 California 17–16 7–9 4th
1956 California 25–9 9–7 2nd
1957 California 35–10 12–4 T-1st College World Series
1958 California 19–12 9–7 2nd
1959 California 22–13 9–7 T-2nd
California: 118–60 46–34
California Golden Bears (Athletic Association of Western Universities) (1960–1969)
1960 California 30–14 12–4 T-1st
1961 California 29–10 11–5 2nd
1962 California 24–20 7–9 3rd
1963 California 19–21 4–12 5th
1964 California 25–17 5–15 5th
1965 California 29–14 12–8 T-1st
1966 California 32–14 11–9 T-2nd
1967 California 17–27 3–13 7th
1968 California 24–24 7–12 6th
1969 California 31–19 12–9 4th
California: 260–180 84–96
California Golden Bears (Pacific-8 Conference) (1970–1973)
1970 California 28–19 9–8 4th
1971 California 24–24 5–12 7th
1972 California 33–21 9–9 T-2nd
1973 California 21–31 6–12 4th
California: 106–95 29–41
Total: 484–335

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cal Baseball Honors Legends". Cal Bears. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "George Wolfman". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "George Wolfman bio". Cal Bears. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ 2012 Baseball record Book (PDF). California Bears. pp. 16, 18. Retrieved May 18, 2013.