Reliving USC's Historic 5-Straight Championships


USC baseball (25-20, 13-11) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of winning five consecutive national championships from 1970-74 under Rod Dedeaux by recognizing the Trojans' dynasty before Saturday's game against Cal (2 p.m. first pitch).

The "Five Jewels in the Crown" were seen as an impossibility when the streak started as experts predicted parity in college baseball due to the major league draft, increased competition and the inconsistent nature of the sport.

Instead, USC, which had already won five national championships (1970-74), only asserted its dominance further completing what John Wooden once called maybe "the most remarkable achievement in sports history."