June 4, 1982 - June 12, 1982 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 106,144
It was a memorable CWS in a lot of ways.
Miami and Coach Ron Fraser won the championship on their sixth try, and became the first team since 1957 other than Southern Cal to make it through the tournament undefeated.
1982 was the first year ESPN televised all the games live. It was the year of the classic phantom pickoff play, which was talked about and written about all over the country. It was the first time since 1954 that no team from either California or Arizona made it to the final four. It was the year Aurora's Kevin Penner got hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball, one of the scariest moments in CWS history.
It was also a series of interesting personalities, including Kirk Killingsworth, the Texas pitcher who killed rattlesnakes as a hobby; Dan "Mr. Strut" Smith, the tournament MVP who said he was cocky, but admitted to being scared in tight situations; Bill Swift, the Maine pitcher whose parents and 14 brothers and sisters watched the games on television back home; Phil Lane, who lived in Omaha until he was nine and returned as Miami's home run hero.
The memorable series gave Miami its first CWS championship.
"I've been chasing this since 1974," Fraser said. "This is the greatest thrill of my life."
Kevin Bernier, Maine, 1b, Jr.
Jim Thomas, Wichita St., 2b, Sr.
Phil Lane, Miami (Fla.), 3b, So.
Spike Owen, Texas, ss, Jr.
Loren Hibbs, Wichita St., of, So.
Tim Gaskell, Wichita St., of, So.
Mike Brumley, Texas, of, So.
Nelson Santovenia, Miami (Fla.), c, Jr.
Russ Morman, Wichita St., dh, So.
Bryan Oelkers, Wichita St., p, Jr.
Dan Smith, Miami (Fla.), p, Jr.