Hank Workman, the captain of USC’s first College World Series championship team in 1948, died Monday. He was 94.
Workman was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2009. He was drafted by the New Yankees and was called up to the team near the end of the 1950 season, when the Yankees won the World Series.
His career ended when he hurt his shoulder crashing into a fence. Before the injury, Yankees executive George Weiss said his outfield was set for the next 10 years with Jackie Jensen in left field; Mickey Mantle in center center field and Workman in right field.
He led USC to three conference titles and was a two-time first-team conference selection.
Workman was a power hitter at the original Bovard Field, before the fences were eventually moved in. In 1948, he was sent to the Yankees’ Class AAA team in Newark and hit 16 home runs in less than half a season. He hit 25 home runs the following season.
Workman was also at a famous game between USC and Yankees at Bovard Field in 1951, where Mickey Mantle supposedly hit a 650-foot home run that landed in the middle of the football practice — during a spring practice — that was beyond the baseball outfield.
Mantle hit two homers, a triple and single with 7 RBI. The Yankees fielded their No. 1 team, including Joe DiMaggio, and won 15-1.
Below, USC’s Tommy Riach (right) talks to Workman (left) and DiMaggio.