1956 College World Series

June 9, 1956 - June 14, 1956  •  Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska  •   Attendance: 29,940

Thomas hurls Gophers to title

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Series highlights

After losing to Minnesota 3-1, Arizona earned three consecutive victories to come within one win of a national title. But Minnesota ace Jerry Thomas and the rest of the Gophers were not about to let Arizona get the better of them twice. Minnesota won the winner-take-all championship game 12-1.

Minnesota hitters pounded out 14 hits and Thomas held the Wildcats to five hits while striking out four to secure the title.

The Gophers shot out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, which was more than enough support for Thomas. They added six runs on six hits in the fifth inning to pad their lead.

Capt. Bill Horning led Minnesota with four hits and five RBIs, including two home runs.

"I had to have a good day," Horning said. "I'm getting married Saturday."

Most Outstanding Player

Jerry Thomas, Minnesota

The 20-year-old Thomas struck out four and walked one in the series finale.

Minnesota coach Dick Siebert called Thomas "the smartest kid I ever coached."

Overall, Thomas pitched 18 innings, won twice and allowed just one run in the series.

Series notes

Note: All-Tournament team selections were not handed out prior to the 1958 College World Series.

Games played in 1956 CWS

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