USC's 1970 National Championship Team Reunites At College World Series
June 16, 2010
LOS ANGELES - A total of 15 players from USC's 1970 national championship baseball team will reunite to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their title at the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The reunion coincides with the final CWS to be played at Rosenblatt Stadium as the annual tournament begins this Saturday.
Former assistant coach Justin Dedeaux will be part of the reunion, as well as represent his late father, Rod, as part of the College World Series Legends squad that will attend this weekend's games. Rod Dedeaux, who won 11 national championships as USC's head coach was named to the CWS Legends Team, along with former Trojan outfielder Fred Lynn (1971-73), who was a part of three consecutive national championship squads.
The players attending the reunion are: Frank Alfano (who singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning in the title game against Florida State), Mike Ball, Larry Diel, Terry Dedeaux, Orrin Freeman (currently the Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Florida Marlins), Jim George, Jack Harrington, Dave Kingman (All-American in 1970 and played 16 years in the majors, along with being a three-time All-Star), Cal Meier (All-American in 1970), John Morrisset, Craig Perkins, Rick Raczka, Eric Raich (pitched for the Cleveland Indians, 1975-76), Dan Stoligrosz and Greg Widman (starter in the title game against Florida State).
USC continues to hold the NCAA record for most national baseball championships (12) while the Trojans have made 21 appearances in the College World Series.