Monday, February 9, 2015
1979 College World Series Ticket Stub (Semi-Final vs. Pepperdine)
This is a ticket stub from the 1979 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. It's is my first legitimate "collectable" for Wallach's time at Fullerton. I've come across some photographs (few and far between), and have some throwback Titan's hats purchased from the Fullerton Bookstore, but this is the first item I've acquired actually from that time.
It's rather shocking to me how little there is available from the 1979 World Series. When I started looking, I figured, at a minimum, programs and scorecards would be very easy to come by, with shirts, pins, etc being pretty easy to find as well. They aren't. I've even go so far as to write the University and ask if they have photo's or anything else, and received no reply. So this ticket was really a nice find, and will very shortly be making it's way into a frame as one of the center pieces of my collection.
"Session No. 9" was what you could loosely call a "semi-final" game between Cal-St. Fullerton and Pepperdine. Given the double elimination format used in Omaha, it's not a true bracket with two semi's, Arkansas had already secured a spot in the Championship game and this game was for the right to play them. Fullerton beat Pepperdine 8-5 in the game this ticket stub is from, and went on to beat Arkansas 2-1 to win the National Title in only their 5th year as a Division 1 program. Wallach was named to the All-Tournament Team.
This is great, short little video on the 1979 Series:
Here's picture of the ticket to give you a better idea of it's size