1952 College World Series

The 1952 College World Series was the sixth NCAA-sanctioned baseball tournament that determined a national champion. The tournament was held as the conclusion of the 1952 NCAA baseball season and was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska from June 12 to June 17. The tournament's champion was the Holy Cross Crusaders, coached by Jack Barry. The Most Outstanding Player was James O'Neill of Holy Cross.[1]

1952 NCAA I
Baseball Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsHoly Cross (1st title)
Runner-upMissouri (1st CWS Appearance)
Winning coachJack Barry (1st title)

The tournament consisted of no preliminary round of play as teams were selected directly into the College World Series. From 1954 to the present, teams compete in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament preliminary round(s), to determine the eight teams that will play in the College World Series.[2][3]


School ConferenceRecordHead coachCWS appearancesCWS best finishCWS recordBerth
Colorado State[lower-alpha 1] 15–9Pete Butler0
(last: none)
none0–0District VII
Duke Southern31–8Jack Coombs0
(last: none)
none0–0District III
Holy Cross 21–3Jack Barry0
(last: none)
none0–0District I
Missouri Big 720–7Hi Simmons0
(last: none)
none0–0District V
Oregon State PCC27–12Ralph Coleman0
(last: none)
none0–0District VIII
Penn State 17–6Joe Bedenk0
(last: none)
none0–0District II
Texas SWC19–9Bibb Falk2
(last: 1950)
(1949, 1950)
8–1District VI
Western Michigan MAC18–7Charlie Maher0
(last: none)
none0–0District IV


  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
  Winner's Bracket
  Penn State 5  
  Texas 3    
      Penn State 12  
      Duke 7    
  Duke 18          
  Oregon State 7        
      Penn State 2
      Missouri 3
  Holy Cross 5        
  Western Michigan 1          
      Holy Cross 0    
      Missouri 1  
  Missouri 15    
  Colorado State 1  
  Loser's Bracket
  Texas 10  
  Oregon State 1     Holy Cross 2
    Texas 1
  Western Michigan 8  
  Colorado State 6     Duke 1
    Western Michigan 5
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
  Holy Cross 15       Missouri 4
  Penn State 4           Holy Cross 8
      Missouri 3    
      Holy Cross 7  
  Holy Cross 15    
  Western Michigan 3  

Game results

June 12Game 1Penn State5–3Texas
Game 2Duke18–7Oregon State
Game 3Holy Cross5–1Western Michigan
Game 4Missouri15–1Colorado State
June 13Game 5Texas10–1Oregon StateOregon State eliminated
Game 6Western Michigan8–6Colorado StateColorado State eliminated
Game 7Penn State12–7Duke
Game 8Missouri1–0Holy Cross
June 14Game 9Western Michigan5–1DukeDuke eliminated
Game 10Holy Cross2–1TexasTexas eliminated
Game 11Missouri3–2Penn State
June 15Game 12Holy Cross15–3Western MichiganWestern Michigan eliminated
Game 13Holy Cross15–4Penn StatePenn State eliminated
June 16Game 14Holy Cross7–3Missouri
June 17FinalHoly Cross8–4MissouriHoly Cross wins CWS


  1. Colorado State College is currently known as the University of Northern Colorado. Not to be confused with Colorado State University, then known as Colorado A&M.


  1. "1952 College World Series". Omaha.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 253. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  3. W.C. Madden & Patrick J. Stewart (2004). The College World Series:A Baseball History, 1947-2003. McFarland & Co. pp. 21–25. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
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