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The 1955 NCAA Men's Division I College World Series (CWS) involved 8 schools playing in double-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college baseball. It began on June 10, and ended with the championship game on June 16. A total of 15 games were played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

The tournament field consisted of 25 teams, 12 automatic berths and 13 at-large selections. The 25 teams competed in 8 districts, each sending their winner to the CWS.

Wake Forest University won the national championship with a 7-6 victory over Western Michigan University in front of 2,042 fans.

Senior pitcher Tom Borland of Oklahoma A&M was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.

Contents

Participants

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona n/a 41 - 6 (n/a) Frank Sancet 1
(last: 1954)
6th
(1954)
1 - 2
Colgate 16 - 6 - 1 (n/a) Red O'Hora 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
Northern Colorado n/a 24 - 2 (n/a) Pete Butler 2
(last: 1953)
7th
(1953)
0 - 4
Oklahoma A&M MVIAA 24 - 1 (8 - 0, 0 GB) Toby Greene 1
(last: 1954)
4th
(1954)
2 - 2
Springfield 14 - 5 (n/a) Archie Allen 1
(last: 1951)
5th
(1951)
1 - 2
Southern California CIBA 30 - 8 (14 - 2, 0 GB) Rod Dedeaux 3
(last: 1951)
1st
(1948)
5 - 5
Wake Forest ACC 24 - 6 (11 - 3, 0 GB) Taylor Sanford 1
(last: 1949)
2nd
(1949)
2 - 2
Western Michigan MAC 22 - 5 (9 - 0, 0 GB) Charlie Maher 1
(last: 1952)
3rd
(1952)
2 - 2

Brackets

(To be added)

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Game Results

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 10 Game 1 Oklahoma A&M 5 - 1 Springfield
Game 2 Western Michigan 4 - 1 Arizona
Game 3 Northern Colorado 2 - 1 Southern California
Game 4 Wake Forest 1 - 0 Colgate
June 12 Game 5 Arizona 6 - 0 Springfield Springfield eliminated
Game 6 Colgate 6 - 4 Southern California Southern California eliminated
Game 7 Western Michigan 5 - 4 Oklahoma A&M
Game 8 Wake Forest 10 - 0 Northern Colorado
June 13 Game 9 Arizona 20 - 0 Northern Colorado Northern Colorado eliminated
Game 10 Oklahoma A&M 4 - 2 Colgate Colgate eliminated
Game 11 Western Michigan 9 - 0 Wake Forest
June 14 Game 12 Oklahoma A&M 5 - 4 (12 innings) Arizona Arizona eliminated
Game 13 Wake Forest 10 - 7 Western Michigan
June 15 Game 14 Wake Forest 2 - 0 Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma A&M eliminated
June 16 Final Wake Forest 7 - 6 Western Michigan Wake Forest wins CWS

Quick facts

  • In 1996, coach Rod Dedeaux of USC was named to the College World Series All-Time Team (1947-95) by the Oklahoma World-Herald as part of the 50th CWS celebration.
  • In 1996, Tom Borland of Oklahoma A&M, now known as Oklahoma State, was 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.
  • Freed Messner of Western Michigan hit the only pinch-hit grand slam home run in CWS history in the top of the 8th of Game 13 in a 10-7 loss to Wake Forest. It was also Messner's only hit of the CWS (1-12).
  • Two-hitters were pitched by: Lawrence Bossidy of Colgate in a 1-0 loss to Wake Forest; Carl Thomas of Arizona in a 6-0 defeat of Springfield; Ken Kinnamon and Don Anderson of Oklahoma A&M in a 5-4 loss to Western Michigan; and Sam Frankel and Lawrence Bossidy of Colgate in a 4-2 loss to Oklahoma A&M.
  • Through the 2007 tournament, Wake Forest's championship remains the most recent occurrence that a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference won the CWS. The University of Miami, a current ACC member, has won four CWS titles, but all before joining the conference.
  • 21,843 fans watched the CWS (10 sessions).
  • The championship game was umpired by Walter Doyle, Walter Harbour, George Hametz, and John Hergert.
  • The following records were set or tied:
    • Most Stolen Bases, Team, CWS - 17, Oklahoma A&M, 5 games
    • Most Shutouts, All Teams, CWS - 6, Arizona (2), Wake Forest (3), Western Michigan, tied
    • Most Doubles, Individual, Single Game - 3, Jack Bryant, 2B, Wake Forest, tied (6 others)
    • Most Sacrifice Bunts, Individual, Single Game - 3, Leland Davis, SS, Western Michigan, tied
    • Most Stolen Bases, Team, Single Game - 7, Wake Forest, tied (4 others)
    • Fewest Assists, Team, Single Game - 3, Oklahoma A&M, tied (6 others)
    • Most Errors, Team, Single Game - 9, Northern Colorado, tied
    • Most Shutouts, Team, CWS - 3, Wake Forest, 6 games

See also

1955 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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