The Trojans Upset-Minded Three Peat: 1972


After winning back-to-back National Championships, Rod Dedeaux's USC Baseball program had its backs against the wall against the Arizona State Sun Devils, who won a program-record 60 games that season.

Many considered the Sun Devils one of the best teams of all-time, but that did not stop our young Trojans who featured four prominent sophomore contributors from nabbing the 1972 World Series crown 1-0 behind the dazzling efforts of pitching wonder Russ McQueen.

McQueen, who was honored earlier this season during USC's 40th Anniversary Celebration of Dedeaux Field, took center stage out of the bullpen earning Most Outstanding Player Honors in the 1972 College World Series by notching an incredible 14 consecutive scoreless innings.

Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by the California Angels in the 14th round of the 1974 amateur draft. He played two seasons in their minor league system, 1975 and 1976, never reaching the majors.

McQueen not only dominated the rubber in Omaha, he pitched in the final game at Bovard Field where the current Annenberg Building is located and then started the first-ever game at Dedeaux Field way back in 1974.