Champions revisited: Only the most devoted fans know these facts

06/08/2014 8:46 AM

06/08/2014 8:46 AM

• WSU became the first school outside of Arizona, Texas, California or Florida to win the title since Ohio State in 1966.
• St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny played catcher for Michigan and went 0 for 8 in three games against the Shockers.
• Kansas City Royals assistant coach Pedro Grifol played catcher for Florida State. In the first game against WSU, Grifol appeared to tag WSU’s Jim Audley at home plate and the umpire called Audley out. Photos showed Grifol tagged Audley with an empty glove and carried the ball in his bare hand.
• A sampling of the nicknames, most bestowed by pitching coach Brent Kemnitz. Jim Newlin — Navin Johnson; Mike McDonald — Elmer Dinkley; P.J. Forbes — Brewster; Darrin Paxton — Toy Boy; Mike Lansing — Face Man; Morgan LeClair — Buster Glover.
• Pitcher Greg Brummett, who went 4-1 with a 2.39 ERA in two appearances, was named to the College World Series All-Decade team for the 1980s.
• Brummett, Newlin, Audley, Eric Wedge, Pat Meares and Todd Dreifort earned spots on the all-tournament team. Brummett tied a CWS record with three wins to claim Most Outstanding Player honors.
• Baseball’s pro draft was a much different experience in 1989. It started June 5, the day after WSU’s loss to Florida State, and teams felt little urgency to reveal their picks. Boston selected Wedge in the third round and angered him when it didn’t notify him until after several teammates, selected in later rounds, learned their fate. At least one Shocker hadn’t been notified at the end of the CWS. In 1989, only the first round was conducted in public. Teams had two weeks to notify players and were not required to tell them the selection round.

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