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. 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.
|Champions||Oklahoma State (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Arizona (4th CWS Appearance)|
|Winning coach||Toby 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.
- Connecticut (automatic qualifier)
Games played at University Park, Pennsylvania.
* - Indicates game required 11 innings.
Games played at Gastonia, North Carolina.
† - Indicates game required 10 innings.
Games played at Notre Dame, Indiana.
† - Indicates game required 10 innings.
College World Series
|School||Conference||Record (conference)||Head coach||CWS appearances||CWS best finish||CWS record|
|Arizona||N/A||36–8 (N/A)||Frank Sancet||4|
|Clemson||ACC||23 –6 (11–5, 0 GB)||Bill Wilhelm||1|
|Colorado State||N/A||24–5 (N/A)||Pete Butler||5|
|Connecticut||Yankee||20–1 (10–0)||J. Orlean Christian||1|
|Fresno State||38–11 (N/A)||Pete Beiden||0|
|Oklahoma State||Big 8||22–4 (17–3, 0 GB)||Toby Greene||2|
|Penn State||N/A||15–4 (N/A)||Joe Bedenk||2|
|Western Michigan||MAC||24–7 (8–2, 0 GB)||Charlie Maher||3|
Bracket and results
1959 College World Series bracket
|First Round||Second Round||Third Round|
|Colorado State||1||Penn State||7|
|Oklahoma State||4||Oklahoma State||5|
|June 12||Game 1||Oklahoma State||10–2||Western Michigan|
|June 13||Game 2||Penn State||5–3||Connecticut|
|Game 3||Arizona||3–2 (12 innings)||Clemson|
|Game 4||Fresno State||6–5||Colorado State|
|June 14||Game 5||Western Michigan||14–6||Connecticut||Connecticut eliminated|
|Game 6||Clemson||7–1||Colorado State||Colorado State eliminated|
|Game 7||Oklahoma State||8–6||Penn State|
|Game 8||Arizona||5–1||Fresno State|
|June 15||Game 9||Penn State||7–0||Clemson||Clemson eliminated|
|Game 10||Fresno State||7–2||Western Michigan||Western Michigan eliminated|
|Game 11||Arizona||5–3||Oklahoma State|
|June 16||Game 12||Oklahoma State||4–3||Penn State||Penn State eliminated|
|Game 13||Fresno State||2–0||Arizona|
|June 17||Game 14||Oklahoma State||4–0||Fresno State||Fresno State eliminated|
|June 18||Final||Oklahoma State||5–3||Arizona||Oklahoma State wins CWS|
|Pitcher||Joel Horlen||Senior||Oklahoma State|
|First baseman||Bob Wilson||Senior||Arizona|
|Second baseman||Bruce Andrew||Sophomore||Oklahoma State|
|Third baseman||Jim Dobson||Sophomore||Oklahoma State|
|Connie McIlvoy||Senior||Oklahoma State|
- 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