Batter Up! The College World Series Starts June 18th

Batter Up! It’s College World Series Time….

For fans of college baseball, there is no single greater event than the College World Series (CWS). This year, the CWS will take place in Omaha, Nebraska from June 18th until June 28th (29th if another elimination game is needed).

Like the Final Four in College Basketball, the CWS is steeped in tradtion. First played in 1947, the CWS was not moved to Omaha, Nebraska until 1950. Before that, it was played in Kalamazoo, Michigan in ’47 & ’48, and then in Wichita, Kansas in ’49. From 1950 until 2010, the games were played in historic Rosenblat Stadium. For 2011, the CWS will debut in a brand new stadium – TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, which was built to accomodate the growing popularity, fan base, attendance and success of this College Baseball Championship Series that called Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium its home for 60 years!

Up until 1987, the CWS was a pure double-elimination event amongst the competing teams. In 1988, it was modified and was divided into two four-team double-elimination brackets, with the survivors of each bracket playing in a single championship game.

Did You Know?
Fun Facts about the College World Series

1) The first CWS championship was won by California who defeated Yale, 8-7
2) Southern California (USC) has the most CWS titles- 12 – while the University of Texas has the most appearances with 34
3) Florida State has the most CWS appearances without a title; 20!
4) Major League Baseball Players & Managers Past and Present have been named the CWS MVP, including: Sal Bando; Dave Winfield; Terry Francona; Mark Kotsay; Pat Burrell; and Huston Street

Best of luck to this year’s participants: Vanderbilt; North Carolina; Texas; Florida; California; Virginia; South Carolina; and Texas A&M!

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