You might have read in stories over the weekend on the death of President George H.W. Bush that he captained the Yale baseball team and helped lead them to the 1947 and 1948 College World Series.
Well, Yale lost the 1948 College World Series to USC. The Trojans took 2 of 3 games and won the finale, 9-2.
It was USC’s first baseball title. The team featured Jim Brideweser, Wally Hood and Hank Workman. Hood went 21-2 in the 1948 season and defeated Yale, 3-1, in Game 1.
In the photo above, the young boy in the middle is George “Sparky” Anderson, who was the USC bat boy and later became famous as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers.