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ASU Best Teams: No. 1 1965 Baseball vs. No. 7 1978 Baseball

Winkles vs. Brock again

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 2 1969 Baseball beat No. 9 1971-72 Football in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 1 1965 Baseball vs. No. 7 1978 Baseball.

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 1 1965 Baseball

Record: 54-8 (9-3 Western Athletic Conference) College World Series champion

Head coach: Bobby Winkles

Notable players: Rick Monday, Sal Bando

The rundown: First-Team All-American and the 1965 MLB No. 1 overall pick, outfielder Rick Monday homered twice in Omaha as he led Arizona State baseball to its first national championship. The Sun Devils had a dominant 11-1 record in the postseason, which concluded when ASU dealt Ohio State a 2-1 defeat to clinch ASU’s first of five eventual College World Series titles.

No. 7 1978 Baseball

Record: 56–12 (15–3 WAC) Runner-up at the College World Series

Head coach: Jim Brock

Notable players: Bob Horner, Hubie Brooks

The rundown: Jim Brock’s team finished an outstanding season and headed into the NCAA Tournament as the second overall seed. Bob Horner led the way in his final season as a Sun Devil with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs, with Hubie Brooks right behind him with 82 RBIs. The team beat St. John’s, Oral Roberts and Miami (FL) before falling to USC twice in Omaha.

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