In his third trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, coach Toby Greene lead the OSU Cowboys to the NCAA National Championship. The same year this team won the Big Eight Conference title with a 17-3 record. Four Cowboy players were named to the College World Series All-Tournament team.
The winning pitcher in OSU’s championship victory against Arizona was Dick Soergel, who was one of the rare athletes in OSU history to play three sports.
Coach Greene came to OSU as a football assistant in 1939 and also served as freshman baseball coach. He took over the varsity from Henry P. Iba in 1942 and made his first entry into national tournament play in 1947. Greene served as the head baseball coach for 21 years and had an astounding record of 318-132 for a .707 winning percentage. His teams appeared in seven College World Series and dominated the Missouri Valley Conference before making the move to the Big Eight in 1958.