1947 NCAA Baseball Tournament

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1947 NCAA I
Baseball Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsCalifornia (1st title)
Runner-upYale (1st CWS Appearance)
Winning coachClint Evans (1st title)

The 1947 NCAA Baseball Tournament was the first NCAA-sanctioned baseball tournament that determined a national champion. The tournament was held as the conclusion of the 1947 NCAA baseball season, beginning on June 20.[1][2] The 1947 College World Series was played at Hyames Field on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from June 27 to June 28. The first tournament's champion was California, coached by Clint Evans.


The tournament was divided into two regional brackets, the Eastern Playoff and the Western Playoff. Each region played a single elimination bracket, with the champion advancing to the College World Series.


The tournament field was determined by regional committees, some of whom held playoffs, while others selected specific conference champions, and still others simply selected their representatives. The eight teams were divided among the East and West brackets.[3][4]

School Conference Record (Conference) Berth Last NCAA Appearance
California CIBA 27–10 (11–4) District selection None
Clemson Southern 24–4 (13–2) Won Southern District Playoff None
Denver None
Illinois Big Nine 22–5 (9–3) None
Oklahoma Big Six 15–12 (7–4) Won District Playoff None
Texas SWC 19–3 (14–1) District selection None
Yale EIBL 17–8–1 (9–3) District selection None

Eastern Playoff[edit]

At Yale Field, New Haven, Connecticut[5][6][1]

Semifinals Finals
1 Yale 7
4 Clemson 3
Yale 6
3 NYU 2
2 Illinois 1

Western Playoff[edit]

At Denver, Colorado[7][8]

Semifinals Finals
1 California 3
4 Denver 1
California 8
Texas 7
3 Texas 10
2 Oklahoma 9

College World Series[edit]


School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
California CIBA 29–10 (11–4) Clint Evans 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Yale EIBL 19–8–1 (9–3) Ethan Allen 0
(last: none)
none 0–0


The first College World Series was a best of three series.


  College World Series Finals
   California 17 8
   Yale 4 7

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 27 Game 1 California 17–4 Yale
June 28 Game 2 California 8–7 Yale California wins CWS

Notable players[edit]

Tournament notes[edit]

Future President of the United States George H. W. Bush was Yale's captain and appeared in the 1947 and 1948 College World Series. (Bush was actually waiting on-deck when Cal recorded the final out in the second game of the 1947 series.)[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Joel Alderman (July 7, 2017). "The inaugural game in an NCAA Baseball Tournament took place at Yale Field in 1947, when Clemson opposed Yale and future U.S. President George H. W. Bush". WTNH SportzEdge. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "1947 College World Series". Omaha.com. Retrieved August 31, 2019.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Woody Anderson (May 31, 1996). "At The Inaugural Series, A President In The Lineup". Hartford Courant. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "The First College World Series Champions:The 1947 Golden Bears". California Golden Blogs. December 14, 2011. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  5. ^ 2011 Clemson Baseball Media Guide. Clemson University. p. 137. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  6. ^ 2012 Record Book (PDF). Illinois University. p. 79. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  7. ^ 2011 Golden Bears Record Book. University of California. p. 17. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  8. ^ 2011 Fact Book (PDF). University of Texas. p. 76. Retrieved July 11, 2012.