Minnesota Baseball Program to Honor 1977 College World Series Team on May 5
The Minnesota baseball program will honor the 1977 Golden Gopher team in between the first and second games of a doubleheader against Northwestern on Saturday, May 5. The first game of the afternoon is scheduled at 2:05 p.m.
Minnesota will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1977 baseball team making the College World Series with a special ceremony in between the first and second games of the doubleheader. As part of the ceremony to honor that team, the program will also pay special tribute to the legendary head coach Dick Siebert who was named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year.
The 1977 Golden Gophers team went 39-12 overall, won the Big Ten title at 15-3 and qualified for the program’s fifth trip to the College World Series. Minnesota made all five of those trips under Siebert. The Big Ten title in 1977 was Siebert’s 11th in his career at Minnesota.
Minnesota went undefeated at Siebert Field (then known as Bierman Field) going 23-0 in the regular-season before hosting the NCAA Regionals. The Golden Gophers defeated Florida twice and Central Michigan once in the NCAA Regional round. Gopher fans filled the ballpark to watch Minnesota defeat Florida 5-1 to advance to the College World Series on May 29.
The Golden Gophers, who finished sixth in the program’s last trip to the College World Series, won a dramatic 4-3 11-inning game against Baylor on June 13. That Minnesota squad had a pair of first-team All-Americans in future Hall of Famer Paul Molitor and Dan Morgan.
For more information on the event stay tuned to gophersports.com. Golden Gopher Alumni who would like more information about the event can call the baseball office at 612-625-1060 or email the “M” Club at Mclub@umn.edu.