June 13, 1958 - June 19, 1958 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 25,931
"It's been a tremendous uphill struggle," Southern California coach Rod Dedeaux said before the championship game against Missouri.
What he didn't know was that the toughest part was still ahead as the game went 12 innings - after the Trojans fell behind 4-0 but rallied for an 8-7 win.
"We're not going to save a thing," Tiger coach Hi Simmons said. "Not even a dime."
As it turned out, Missouri's pitching might have been about 10 cents short. Elmer Harbin's wild streak in the third, when he threw 12 balls in a row to start dissipating a 4-0 lead, was the turning point.
In the 12th, John O'Donoghue gave up an infield single to open the inning. After the runner advanced on a sacrifice and infield out, Mike Blewett, one of only three seniors for USC, poked a long drive to right to end the game.
It was the Trojans' first CWS title since 1948.
Sonny Siebert, Missouri, 1b
Mike Castanon, Southern California, 2b, Jr.
Ken Komodzinski, Holy Cross, 3b, So.
Fred Scott, Southern California, ss, Jr.
Martin Toft, Missouri, of
Marvin Winegar, Western Mich., of, Sr.
Ron Fairly, Southern California, of, So.
Hank Kuhlmann, Missouri, c
Bill Thom, Southern California, p, Jr.
Doug Gulick, Missouri, p, (jr or sr.)