1949 NCAA Baseball Tournament

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1949 NCAA I
Baseball Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsTexas (1st title)
Runner-upWake Forest (1st CWS Appearance)
Winning coachBibb Falk (1st title)

The 1949 NCAA Baseball Tournament was the third NCAA-sanctioned baseball tournament that determined a national champion. The tournament was held as the conclusion of the 1949 NCAA baseball season. The College World Series was played at Wichita Municipal Stadium in Wichita, Kansas from June 22 to June 25.[1] The third tournament's champion was the Texas Longhorns, coached by Bibb Falk. The Most Outstanding Player was named for the first time, with the inaugural award going to Tom Hamilton of Texas. This was the first of six championships for the Longhorns through the 2019 season.


The tournament was divided into four regional brackets, Region A, Region B, Region C and Region D, with each region consisting of two teams playing a best-of-three game series. The winner of each bracket advanced to the College World Series. This was the first and only year of this format.[2]


As in previous years, each representative of the eight districts were determined by a mix of selection committees, conference champions, and district playoffs.[2]

School Conference Record (Conference) Berth Previous NCAA Appearances
Boston College Independent District I Selection None
Colorado State College[a] RMC District VII Selection 1
Notre Dame Independent Won District IV Playoff None
Oklahoma A&M MVC Won District V Playoff 1
Southern California CIBA 20–3 (12–2) District VIII Selection (Won PCC) 1
St. John's MNYC 19–4 Won District II Playoff None
Texas SWC 18–7 (12–3) District VI Selection (Won SWC) 1
Wake Forest Southern 27–2 (13–1) Won District III Playoff None

Region A[edit]

At Brooklyn, New York June 17–18[3]

  Region A Playoff
   St. John's 10 7
   Boston College 5 2

Region B[edit]

At South Bend, Indiana June 17–18[4]

  Region B Playoff
   Wake Forest 4 10
   Notre Dame 1 7

Region C[edit]

At Austin, Texas June 16–17[5]

  Region C Playoff
   Texas 7 3
   Oklahoma A&M 3 2

Region D[edit]

At Los Angeles, California June 16–17[6]

  Region D Playoff
   Southern California 12 2 8
   Colorado State College 2 6 7

College World Series[edit]

Following financial losses in Kalamazoo, Michigan the previous year, the NCAA moved the tournament to Wichita for the 1949 edition. This would be the only year in Wichita, as the 1950 edition would take place in Omaha, Nebraska, as it has every year through 2019.[2]


School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
St. John's MNYC 21–4 (9–1) Frank McGuire 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Southern California CIBA 22–4 (12–2) Sam Barry 1
(last: 1948)
Texas SWC 20–7 (12–3) Bibb Falk 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Wake Forest Southern 29–2 (13–1) Taylor Sanford 0
(last: none)
none 0–0



  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
Wake Forest 2  
Southern California 1  
  Wake Forest 1  
  Texas 8  
Texas 7
St. John's 1  
  Texas 10
  Wake Forest 3
Southern California 12  
St. John's 4  
  Wake Forest 212
  Southern California 1  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 22 Game 1 Wake Forest 2–1 USC
Game 2 Texas 7–1 St. John's
June 23 Game 3 Texas 8–1 Wake Forest
Game 4 USC 12–4 St. John's St. John's eliminated
June 24 Game 5 Wake Forest 2–112 USC Southern California eliminated
June 25 Final Texas 10–3 Wake Forest Texas wins CWS

Notable players[edit]


  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. ^ "1949 College World Series". Omaha.com. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c W.C. Madden & Patrick J. Stewart (2004). The College World Series:A Baseball History, 1947-2003. McFarland & Co. pp. 14–16. ISBN 9780786418428. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  3. ^ 2011 Baseball Record Book (PDF). St. John's University. p. 46. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  4. ^ NCAA Tournament History/Championship Teams (PDF). Wake Forest Demon Deacons. p. 1. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  5. ^ 2011 Fact Book (PDF). University of Texas. p. 76. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  6. ^ 2012 USC Baseball Guide (PDF). USC. p. 94. Retrieved 2012-07-18.