June 13, 1966 - June 18, 1966 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 63,376
After coming so close to winning it all the year before, Ohio State was able to summit the championship mountain.
Ohio State's 19-year-old sophomore Dick Boggs pitched seven innings and allowed two runs to lead the Buckeyes to an 8-2 victory over Oklahoma State. The Buckeyes became only the second team to win the championship after finishing runner-up the year before. Southern California accomplished the feat in 1961.
Boggs matured in front of 10,507 spectators in the finale. He entered the game with an 11.74 ERA in three previous CWS games, but started hot by retiring the first 13 Cowboys he faced. Boggs kept Oklahoma State off the scoreboard until Ron McCord homered in the seventh inning.
By then, the Buckeyes had already scored six runs. Ohio State scored three runs in the first inning, including a two-RBI triple by Russ Nagelson. Nagelson added another RBI with a triple in the third inning. His two triples set a record for the CWS finals.
Russ Nagelson, Ohio St., 1b, Sr.
Matt Galante, St. John's (N.Y.), 2b, Jr.
Bob Toney, Oklahoma St., 3b
Joe Russo, St. John's (N.Y.), ss, Sr.
Ray Shoup, Ohio St., of, Jr.
Wayne Weatherly, Oklahoma St., of, So.
Bo Rein, Ohio St., of, Jr.
Chuck Brinkman, Ohio St., c, Sr.
Steve Arlin, Ohio St., p, Jr.
John Stewart, Southern California, p, Sr.