Which States Have Won The Most Men’s College World Series Championships?

For seven and a half decades, the NCAA has run the College World Series tournament to determine the champion of the nation.


The College World Series commenced in 1947, with California defeating Yale to claim the inaugural national championship. The early decades of the College World Series tournament were dominated by the USC Trojans, Texas Longhorns, Minnesota Golden Gophers.


But when it comes to champions, the NCAA has enjoyed a lot of parity in the 21st century. The teams with the most College World Series banners haven’t won it all in over a decade and counting. At this rate, it’s going to be a long race among the top NCAA baseball programs when it comes to bragging rights for the most World Series championships.


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With the 2022 season now completed, it’s an opportune time to look at the states with the most College World Series titles.


  1. Texas (Seven)


The Texas Longhorns are more known for college football. But historically speaking, the baseball program has been one of the nation’s best.


Six of Texas’ seven World Series Championship banners are owned by the Longhorns. They won back-to-back titles in 1949 and 1950 but had to wait 25 years for No. 3 (in 1975). Texas claimed its fourth championship in 1983 and became a small dynasty again in the 2000s by winning the 2002 and 2005 titles.


The Longhorns also reached the 2004 and 2009 finals, losing to Cal State Fullerton and LSU, respectively.

The Rice Owls don’t have the lengthy winning tradition that the inner-state Longhorns do, but they have one championship banner to celebrate. The Owls defeated the powerhouse Stanford Cardinal in the 2003 World Series to claim the title (their only big game appearance to date).


  1. Arizona (Nine)


The Arizona Wildcats have won four NCAA Championships, tied with the Miami Hurricanes and Cal State Fullerton Titans for fourth-most.


The Wildcats had a mini dynasty that saw them win three championships over 11 seasons: In 1976, 1980 and 1986. They won their most recent championship in 2012, defeating South Carolina in the finals.


Long before the Wildcats became a powerhouse, however, the Arizona State Sun Devils had developed into one of the nation’s top programs. Arizona State was a dynasty in the ‘60s with three championships (1965, 1967 and 1969).


The Sun Devils made the World Series four times in the ensuing decade, winning once (1977) and losing in the 1972, 1973 and 1978 finals. They claimed a fifth championship in 1981 but have lost their last two World Series appearances — 1988 and 1998.


Although they haven’t won the World Series in a quarter-century, Arizona State trails only USC, Texas and LSU in College World Series banners.


1.California (23)


The USC Trojans lead all NCAA teams with 12 World Series championships. The next closest? The Longhorns and LSU Tigers with six apiece.


The Trojans won their first title in 1948. That started up the winning foundation that USC has come to embrace, as 11 more titles would follow over a 40-year span. The Trojans won it all in 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978 and 1998.


So you have a program that is responsible for more than half of California’s national championship banners. The next California program with the most World Series titles? Cal State Fullerton with four.


The Titans emerged as a powerhouse in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s winning their first World Series title in 1979. They added two more title banners — 1984 and ‘95 — in the last millennium before winning No. 4 in 2004.


The California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal are among the six teams with two World Series championship banners. California won it all in 1947 and 1957, while Stanford claimed consecutive championships in 1987 and 1988. Pepperdine (1992), Fresno State (2008) and UCLA (2013) have all won the College World Series on a single occasion.


By a comfortable margin, California has the most World Championships with 23.