1959 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament

The 1959 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1959 NCAA University Division baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its thirteenth year. Eight regional districts sent representatives to the College World Series with preliminary rounds within each district serving to determine each representative. These events would later become known as regionals. Each district had its own format for selecting teams, resulting in 22 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The College World Series was held in Omaha, NE from June 12 to June 18. The thirteenth tournament's champion was Oklahoma State, coached by Toby Greene. The Most Outstanding Player was Jim Dobson of Oklahoma State.[2]

1959 NCAA University Division
Baseball Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsOklahoma State (1st title)
Runner-upArizona (4th CWS Appearance)
Winning coachToby Greene (1st title)


  • The official NCAA record book does not list any participants for District 1 as Connecticut was an automatic qualifier for the 1959 College World Series.

District 1

District 2

Games played at University Park, Pennsylvania.

First Round Final
Penn State 16
Temple 4
Penn State 7
Ithaca 3
Ithaca 4*
Pittsburgh 3*

* - Indicates game required 11 innings.

District 3

Games played at Gastonia, North Carolina.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
Clemson 9  
Georgia Tech 6  
  Clemson 24  
  Florida State 2  
Florida State 3
George Washington 2†  
  Clemson 5
  Florida State 0
Georgia Tech 7  
George Washington 2  
  Florida State 16
  Georgia Tech 9  

† - Indicates game required 10 innings.

District 4

Games played at Notre Dame, Indiana.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
Minnesota 6  
Western Michigan 4  
  Minnesota 4  
  Notre Dame 12  
Notre Dame 10
Detroit 0  
  Notre Dame 0† 6
  Western Michigan 2 9
Western Michigan 4  
Detroit 0  
  Minnesota 1
  Western Michigan 5  

† - Indicates game required 10 innings.

District 5

Games played at Peoria, Illinois.

   Oklahoma State 7 6
   Bradley 6 2

District 6

Games played at Bryan, Texas.

   Arizona 1 1
   Texas A&M 0 0

District 7

Games played at Greeley, Colorado.

   Colorado State 17 8 12
   Utah 8 13 8

District 8

Games played at Fresno, California.

   Fresno State 23 15
   Santa Clara 11 3

Games played at Seattle, Washington.

   Fresno State 3 4 10
   Washington 2 5 5

College World Series


SchoolConferenceRecord (conference)Head coachCWS appearancesCWS best finishCWS record
ArizonaN/A36–8 (N/A)Frank Sancet4
(last: 1958)
ClemsonACC23 –6 (11–5, 0 GB)Bill Wilhelm1
(last: 1958)
Colorado State[lower-alpha 1]N/A24–5 (N/A)Pete Butler5
(last: 1958)
ConnecticutYankee20–1 (10–0)J. Orlean Christian1
(last: 1957)
Fresno State38–11 (N/A)Pete Beiden0
(last: none)
Oklahoma StateBig 822–4 (17–3, 0 GB)Toby Greene2
(last: 1955)
Penn StateN/A15–4 (N/A)Joe Bedenk2
(last: 1957)
Western MichiganMAC24–7 (8–2, 0 GB)Charlie Maher3
(last: 1958)

Bracket and results

1959 College World Series bracket

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
  Winner's Bracket
  Oklahoma State 10  
    Western Michigan 2    
        Oklahoma State 8  
        Penn State 6    
  Penn State 5          
  Connecticut 3        
        Oklahoma State 3
        Arizona 5
  Arizona 312        
    Clemson 2          
        Arizona 5    
        Fresno State 1  
  Fresno State 6    
  Colorado State 5  
  Loser's Bracket
  Clemson 7  
  Colorado State 1     Penn State 7
      Clemson 0
  Western Michigan 14  
  Connecticut 6     Fresno State 7
      Western Michigan 2
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
  Oklahoma State 4       Oklahoma State 5
    Penn State 3           Arizona 3
        Oklahoma State 4    
        Fresno State 0  
  Fresno State 2    
  Arizona 0  

Game results

June 12Game 1Oklahoma State10–2Western Michigan
June 13Game 2Penn State5–3Connecticut
Game 3Arizona3–2 (12 innings)Clemson
Game 4Fresno State6–5Colorado State
June 14Game 5Western Michigan14–6ConnecticutConnecticut eliminated
Game 6Clemson7–1Colorado StateColorado State eliminated
Game 7Oklahoma State8–6Penn State
Game 8Arizona5–1Fresno State
June 15Game 9Penn State7–0ClemsonClemson eliminated
Game 10Fresno State7–2Western MichiganWestern Michigan eliminated
Game 11Arizona5–3Oklahoma State
June 16Game 12Oklahoma State4–3Penn StatePenn State eliminated
Game 13Fresno State2–0Arizona
June 17Game 14Oklahoma State4–0Fresno StateFresno State eliminated
June 18FinalOklahoma State5–3ArizonaOklahoma State wins CWS

All-Tournament team

PitcherJoel HorlenSeniorOklahoma State
Hal StoweClemson
CatcherAlan HallJuniorArizona
First basemanBob WilsonSeniorArizona
Second basemanBruce AndrewSophomoreOklahoma State
Third basemanJim DobsonSophomoreOklahoma State
ShortstopCharles ShoemakerSophomoreArizona
OutfielderBailey HendleyClemson
Doug HoffmanClemson
Connie McIlvoySeniorOklahoma State

Quick facts

  • In 1996, coach Rod Dedeaux of Southern California was named to the College World Series All-Time Team (1947–95) by the Omaha World-Herald as part of the 50th CWS celebration.
  • In 1971, Ron Fairly (OF) of Southern California was named to the College World Series All-Time Team (1947–70) by the blue-ribbon committee chaired by Abe Chanin as part of the 25th CWS celebration.
  • In 1996, Alan Hall (C) of Arizona and Charles Shoemaker (SS) of Arizona were named to the 1940s–50s All-Decade Team by a panel of 60 voters representing CWS head coaches, media, and chairs of the Division I Baseball Committee.
  • Fresno State's team included Augie Garrido, who went on to win five CWS titles as a coach at Cal State Fullerton and Texas.
  • Dave Baldwin of Arizona pitched a two-hitter in a 5–1 victory over Fresno State.
  • 33,607 fans watched the CWS (10 sessions).
  • The championship game was umpired by Bob Stewart, Jack Tobin, Don Carrothers, and Ed Sudol.
  • The following records were set or tied:
    • Most Balks, Individual, Single Game – 2, Frank Carbajal, Colorado State, vs Clemson, L 7–1, tied (2 others)
    • Most Passed Balls, Individual, Single Game – 3, Jim Garrett, Fresno St, vs Arizona, L 5–1, tied (2 others)
    • Most Balks, Team, Single Game – 2, Colorado State, vs Clemson, L 7–1, tied (4 others)
    • Most Passed Balls, Team, Single Game – 5, Fresno St, vs Arizona, L 5–1
    • Most Passed Balls, Both Teams, Single Game – 5, Fresno St (5) vs Arizona (0), Arizona 5–1
    • Most Balks, Individual, CWS – 2, Frank Carbajal, 1 game, tied (6 others)
    • Most Sacrifice Bunts, Both Teams, Championship Game – 5, Oklahoma St (3) vs Arizona (2), Oklahoma St 5–3
    • Most Runs by Team, Clemson- 24


  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. "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 192. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  2. "1959 College World Series". Omaha.com. Retrieved October 1, 2019.

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