The 1988 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1988 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its forty-second year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Each region was composed of six teams, resulting in 48 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The forty-second tournament’s champion was Stanford coached by Mark Marquess. The Most Outstanding Player was Lee Plemel of Stanford.
The 1990 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament began on March 11 and ended on April 1. The tournament featured 48 teams. The Final Four consisted of Virginia, Stanford, Auburn, and Louisiana Tech, with Stanford defeating Auburn 76-60 to win its first NCAA title. Stanford’s Jennifer Azzi was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
Stanford has won at least one NCAA team championship each academic year for 44 consecutive years, starting in 1976-77 and continuing through 2019-20.
Stanford’s run of 44 consecutive years winning an NCAA team championship is the longest such streak in NCAA history. The next longest NCAA championship streak is 19 years. The most NCAA team championships Stanford has won in a single year is six in 1996-97 (men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s volleyball) and again in 2018-19 (men’s golf and gymnastics and women’s volleyball, swimming, tennis and water polo). Stanford has won five NCAA team championships in a year three times (1991–92, 1994–95, and 1997–98).
Stanford has won two NCAA team championships in a single day three times: in men’s and women’s cross-country on November 25, 1996; in men’s and women’s cross-country on November 24, 2003; and in men’s water polo and women’s soccer on December 8, 2019.
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1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
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1918 – Present / PAC 12 Conference
Cardinal – Stanford did not have an “official” nickname until Indians was adopted in 1930. For years prior, the Indian had been part of the Stanford athletic tradition. Perhaps it grew out of the fact that Cal’s symbol was the Bear, or it may have come from the large Indian population of the area, or from Indian paraphernalia in abundance in the late 1800’s. Whatever the origin, it was accepted by sportswriters and gradually gained wide recognition.
Stanford officially adopted the Indian nickname on Nov. 25, 1930 after an unanimous vote by the Executive Committee for the Associated Students. The Indian had long been considered the symbol of Stanford before the official vote, although its origins are only speculation.
The nickname for Stanford is the Cardinal – in reference to one of the school colors (and is therefore in the singular). Stanford’s history with its nickname began on March 19, 1891 when Stanford beat Cal in the first Big Game. While Stanford did not have an official nickname, the day after the Big Game local newspapers picked up the “cardinal” theme and used it in the headlines.
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