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University of Miami (FL) plays Rice in the 1999 College World Series
A packed Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium watches as the University of Miami (FL) takes on Rice University in the College World Series, June 1999. Photo: Charles Cairns

College World Series

This annual baseball tournament is held in Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium for nine days each June. An open stadium with real grass on the field, it has been the site of the College World Series since 1950. Attendance has grown from 17,805 in 1950 to 206,639 in 1999, owing to support from College World Series of Omaha, Inc., a non-profit organization formed in 1967 to make the series profitable and keep it in Omaha. Local service clubs such as Kiwanis and Lions become extended families to the baseball teams during their stay in Omaha, ensuring that their needs are met and that they have all the comforts of home. At the 50th anniversary CWS in 1999, a new addition was the Opening Ceremonies at Rosenblatt, featuring introduction of the teams in Olympics style, followed by musical entertainment and fireworks. The event preserves the best of old-fashioned baseball-teamwork, sportsmanship, and playing for the love of the game-- while infusing it with the modern appeal of a sports fest.

Included with the text and photographs documenting CWS are a 50th anniversary commemorative plaque given to participants and a commemorative baseball given to children for autographs.

Originally submitted by: Lee Terry, Representative (2nd District).

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